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By lauradud84 / / Currently, the entire STL ad scene is nursing a collective hangover from the awards show and festivities last night. We thought we’d nurse some conversation about the entire shebang: • Shocking losses? Annoying winners? • Could anyone hear anything going on? • Why do you have to pay for some of the drinks when the tickets cost $70? • Does anyone really care about the awards at the end of the day? Let us know in the comments how you felt about the night and what could’ve been better as well as what you thought what was great and perfectly executed. Things like this can only get better with constructive criticism, so don’t be an ass.

Comments

  1. Anonymous February 19, 2016

    I didn’t make it, but I don’t
    I didn’t make it, but I don’t feel like I missed anything…and that makes me sad.

  2. JWin February 19, 2016

    At least HLK had a good time.
    At least HLK had a good time.

  3. Anonymous February 22, 2016

    An industry that demands to
    An industry that demands to be taken seriously needs to start acting like it deserves it.

  4. Anonymous February 22, 2016

    Some bitter person staggered
    Some bitter person staggered onto the stage during his win and proceeded to shit-talk other winners. Sloppy night.

  5. Nick B. February 22, 2016

    “An industry that demands to
    “An industry that demands to be taken seriously needs to start acting like it deserves it.”

    Anonymous, what do you mean, specifically –Was it the work? awards presentation? people’s behavior?

    I was there but didn’t notice anything overly offensive.

  6. Susan Schultz February 23, 2016

    I could not understand a
    I could not understand a single thing said from the stage. Sad that the people in our industry can’t shut up for 20:00 to support each other and our community’s collective work. Did any TV spots win anything? I don’t recall any being shown. Overall, it was a fun night and I enjoyed seeing some familiar faces. But the awards presentation was bad, and that’s as much the fault of the audience as the presenters.

  7. Anonymous February 23, 2016

    I’ll be honest, I expected
    I’ll be honest, I expected more drama in the comments. Apart from not being able to hear anything, even from the seats – let alone moving to the overpriced non-VIP area. From a larger perspective, I don’t mean to tout St. Louis’ horn, but we did some great work over the last year. Did the ADDYs represent that? I’m not entirely sure.

    So, something to debate. I’ve had this theory for a while that the smaller the cities our judges come from (whether creatively or actual size), the larger the clients are that win at our ADDYs. And no offense to those clients or any of us behind their work – some of it is great – but I think it’s okay to admit that it’s not always the best. And, okay, if you do think it’s the best, shouldn’t St. Louis end up with more ADDY wins? If our very best is going to districts, we should win more there, right? And maybe even some nationals?

    I’m curious if anyone regularly pays to send on work to Chicago that doesn’t win here. Should more of us be doing that? Or is St. Louis’ best work often only for our biggest brands?

  8. Eammon February 23, 2016

    Shocking losses? Annoying
    Shocking losses? Annoying winners?
    Nah – all the winners were deserving. Saw some great digital work, which is awesome.

    Could anyone hear anything going on?
    Nope. Was pretty rude of the crowd. Though, I think many attendees are in attendance to see old friends, drink and mingle than to see the awards. Not sure if that’s a good thing or not. The “Shut the f*ck up” announcement didn’t seem to do much good either.

    Why do you have to pay for some of the drinks when the tickets cost $70?
    Yeah, that was odd. But it didn’t seem as if anyone went thirsty by the end of the night.

    Does anyone really care about the awards at the end of the day?
    Each agency pack is so different. Some are there to see good work and find out if they won. Others are there just to drink and talk. Which is why half the crowd was noisy and the other half pissed off about it.

    What was great/executed well?
    Awesome space and venue. Great display of work – easy to mosey around, browse and mingle.

    What could’ve been done better?
    Hindsight’s 20/20, but maybe an announcement that if you want to keep talking over the emcee (or you’re drunk), go out into the display hall. Would love a winners book at the end of the night. And more of those bacon-wrapped scallops. Those were delicious.

  9. Anonymous February 24, 2016

    This was my first ADDYs and
    This was my first ADDYs and can’t say I’d really be excited to participate or go again. It seemed like most people wanted to talk with their peers (which is fine) than actually watch the awards. I couldn’t really hear anything nor did anyone seem to care who won. I would definitely not pay for a ticket had my agency not provided one.

    I did like how the work was displayed though.

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