TED’s 2012 ‘Ads Worth Spreading’ Winners: Longer Ads Rule Again

Focus on idea-based storytelling

TED isn't a big fan of the traditional 30-second spot. For its Ads Worth Spreading contest, the organization continually chooses un-ad-like advertisements that are much lengthier than your typical TV commercial—and often never appear on TV at all. This was true last year with the first batch of winners, and is true again this year—check out the 10 winners for 2011/12 below. We've written about most of them here at Adweek. (The Canal+ and Chipotle spots were on our list of the 10 best commercials of 2011.) "We sought out ads that were driven by ideas," says TED curator Chris Anderson of this year's winners. "At TED, we've seen the power of imagination and innovation. We want to reward companies that have invested in longer-form, beautifully crafted campaigns that value human attention and intelligence, and take the time to tell a thought-provoking story."

• Canal+: The Bear

Brand: Canal+

Agency: BETC

• Chipotle: Back to the Start

Brand: Chipotle

Agency: Creative Artists Agency Los Angeles

• Engagement Citoyen: The Return of Dictator Ben Ali

Brand: Engagement Citoyen

Agency: Memac Ogilvy Tunisia

• L'Oreal Paris: Aimee Mullins

Brand: L'Oreal Paris

Agency: R/GA New York

• Mazda: Defy Convention

Brand: Mazda

Agency: Team Cosmos/JWT Germany/Team Mazda Europe

See the other five winners after the jump.

• Microsoft: Kinect Effect

Brand: Microsoft

Agency: twofifteenmccann San Francisco

• NTT Docomo: Xylophone

Brand: NTT Docomo, Inc.

Agency: Drill Inc., Dentsu Inc. Tokyo

• Prudential Day One: Linda

Brand: Prudential

Agency: Droga5 New York

• Rethink Breast Cancer: Your Man Reminder

Brand: Rethink Breast Cancer

Agency: john st. Toronto

• Sharpie: Start with Sharpie

Brand: Sharpie

Agency: Draftfcb Chicago