Dutch ’King TOTO’ campaign wins a European Golden Effie 

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TOTO is one of seven games provided by Nederlandse Loterij and now its success is being internationally recognized. The prestigious European Effie Awards 2020 took place on January 14th, where TOTO won a Golden Effie with its ’King TOTO’ campaign in the category: Media, Leisure & Entertainment. The campaign was developed on behalf of TOTO by Amsterdam based creative agency TBWANEBOKO.

Results of the campaign: ‘mind-blowing’
The goal of the campaign was to both revive the brand and to broaden the target group. According to the Effie jury, the results of the campaign were ‘mind-blowing’ – TOTO’s old-fashioned brand image has been radically changed. The jury was impressed by how TOTO has managed to use humour and fantastic output to steer the brand in a contemporary way. The jury finished with stating, ‘Strong insight translated into strong execution. Simple and consistent. The results were outstanding and also extremely well presented.’

“Lots of humor, mind-blowing results, and extremely well presented.” According to the Effie jury.

A full trophy cabinet
The campaign has a proven, winning track record within the Dutch creative scene, already securing: Two Dutch Golden Effies in 2019, SAN Accent Awards, an Advertising Music Award, and several Dutch Creativity Awards (also known as the ADCN Awards).

About the campaign
The TOTO campaigns always include a King TOTO who challenges (potential) players: ‘Do you know it better?
Then come on!’ Earlier, the role of King TOTO was played by famous Dutch football player, Royston Drenthe, former professional football players Sjaak Swart, Johan Boskamp, ​​and famous Dutch rapper Donnie. Andy van der Meyde is the newest King TOTO.

Responsible gaming
The most recent TOTO campaign, with Dutch football player Nathan Rutjes, focuses on gaming responsibility. ‘Keep calm, play consciously’ is the approach. With this campaign, TOTO wants to make it clear that it still remains a game.

Arno de Jong, Chief Marketing Officer at Nederlandse Loterij, says: ‘A good campaign evokes reactions and has a measurable effect on the organizational objectives. We are very aware of the impact of  ‘Koning TOTO’ since its introduction in the Netherlands in 2018. I think it is a great honor that the campaign was judged at a European level and that we received this award.’

Darre van Dijk, Chief Creative Officer of TBWANEBOKO, adds: ‘In a world without real-life celebrations, we kick off the year in the best possible way. After the two Golden Effies in the Netherlands, we, and our friends from TOTO received a European Golden Effie for “King TOTO”. We are very pleased that a campaign with so much Dutch timbre is understood internationally.’

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