NEW YORK, April 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Yext, Inc. (NYSE: YEXT), the Search Experience Cloud company, today announced that its first-ever brand campaign, "The Man Without the Answers," won Shorty Awards in three categories — Best in Business to Business, Best Use of LinkedIn, and Best Use of LinkedIn Video — and was a finalist in the Best Use of Humor category. The Shorty Awards, now in their 12th year, recognize the most influential, popular, and culturally relevant brands, organizations, agencies, campaigns, and influencers across social media.
The ad spots behind Yext's winning campaign, "The Man Without the Answers," were developed with creative agency TBWA\Chiat\Day New York and personify the problem of misinformation online plaguing brands and consumers with the hilariously uninformed character Todd Munion. Brought to life by character actor Mike Rock, Todd represents the myriad of unverified sources on the internet that often mislead people as they seek out information from businesses. In the spot, Todd relentlessly — and confidently — interrupts strangers' conversations with ridiculously inaccurate "facts." The campaign serves as a warning for businesses and organizations to beware of the Todd Munions of the world, as well as an urgent call for them to be the first responders when customers have questions about them and need official answers.
"We are honored to be recognized by the Shorty Awards," said Josh Grau, Chief Brand Officer at Yext. "We had a big challenge to articulate that misinformation online is a real business problem, and Todd Munion helped us do so in a funny, relatable way. Humor isn't usually the norm in B2B, but thanks to the tremendous creative collaboration with TBWA\Chiat\Day New York we pushed the envelope and developed a really successful campaign — and a memorable character we love to hate."
"The idea shows people how easy it is for the wrong person to answer a question online. It's funny, but it should be troubling to any CMO who has customers with questions," added TBWA\Chiat\Day Chief Creative Officer Chris Beresford-Hill. "Yext has an important and valuable proposition, one which we were proud to help bring to life, and glad to see rewarded."
Yext and the rest of this year's class of Shorty Awards winners were announced in Adweek and will be celebrated at a star-studded, digital-only awards ceremony on May 3rd.
Winners were selected by members of the Real Time Academy of Short Form Arts & Sciences (rtacademy.org), comprised of experts in advertising, media, entertainment, and technology: Rosemary Mercedes, (EVP & Chief Communications Officer, Univision), Sonal Dabral (Group Chief Creative Officer & Vice Chairman, Ogilvy & Mather), Matthew Digirolamo (Chief Communications Officer, L'Oreal), Rebecca Messina (Global Chief Marketing Officer, Uber), and Lilian Tomovich (Chief Experience & Marketing Officer, MGM Resorts International), among others.
The ultimate source for official answers about a business online should be the business itself. However, when consumers ask questions on company websites, too often they are left in the dark with wrong answers. Yext (NYSE: YEXT), the Search Experience Cloud, solves this problem by organizing a business's facts so it can provide official answers to consumer questions - wherever people search. Starting with the company website, then extending across search engines and voice assistants, businesses around the world, like Taco Bell, Marriott, and Jaguar Land Rover - as well as organizations like the U.S. State Department - trust Yext to radically improve the search experience on their websites and across the entire search ecosystem.
Yext's mission is to help businesses and organizations around the world deliver official answers everywhere people search. Yext has been named a Best Place to Work by Fortune and Great Place to Work®, as well as a Best Workplace for Women. Yext is headquartered in New York City with offices in Amsterdam, Berlin, Chicago, Dallas, Geneva, London, Miami, Milan, Paris, San Francisco, Shanghai, Tokyo, and the Washington, D.C. area - and work-from-home offices all around the world.
About the Shorty Awards
The Shorty Awards honor the best of social media and are produced by Sawhorse Media (http://sawhorsemedia.com/), a New York-based technology startup. Sawhorse also created and runs Muck Rack (http://muckrack.com/), the leading software platform that helps fortune 500 companies, brands, PR agencies and journalists build relationships, monitor news and measure the impact of media.
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