JK Rowling – The Ickabog Launch
Hats off to the Harry Potter author and her comms team for the launch of her new book, The Ickabog.
The fairytale is being released one chapter per weekday. Rowling has been encouraging children to draw their own pictures of characters from the book and share them with the author on social media. Her positive responses to their efforts have doubtless delighted young fans across the world, especially those stuck at home during the lockdown.
The best pictures in each publishing territory will be used when The Ickabog is released in physical form in November.
KFC – #RateMyKFC
KFC (in co-operation with its ad agency, Mother) invited consumers to create their own Kentucky Fried Chicken creations while the fast food restaurant chain was forced to keep its doors shut.
The campaign features some brilliant – and less brilliant – attempts at the Colonel’s top secret recipe, set to Celine Dion’s rendition of classic ballad All By Myself.
The video ends with KFC saying: “We missed you too, but we’ll take it from here.”
Borussia Mönchengladback – Carboard Fans
We’ve hear of plastic supporters, but German football club Borussia Mönchengladback has cardboard fans. The club invited supporters to send in pictures of themselves to be printed onto life-size cardboard cutouts to sit in the stands when matches resumed behind closed doors. The Bundesliga was the first major football league in Europe to restart following the coronavirus shutdown, and this campaign is a clever way to try to build a visual atmosphere in the stadiums, while also engaging passionate fans.
The concept has been replicated in Australia’s National Rugby League competition, and there have been some vetting howlers, with images of mass murderers and Dominic Cummings getting past the turnstile.
Badoo – #BadooLoveLetters
Dating app Badoo used its outdoor advertising inventory to broadcast thousands of messages from users to NHS and frontline workers at the iconic Piccadilly Circus billboard.
The campaign, devised with The Romans, included messages submitted by members of the public, including the likes of “We’re here because you’re there” (by Thomas in Cardiff), and “Not all heroes wear capes, thank you!” (Hollie in Croydon).
Ikea – Furniture Fort
Last month's Five Campaigns We Liked featured Ikea's recipe guides for making its popular meatballs at home during the coronavirus lockdown.
We're doffing our hat again to the Swedish retailer after its Russian business tackled the same issue with another inventive, fun and on-brand piece of work in May.
The brand once more made reference to its flatpack instructions when it issued a guide to making 'furniture forts' to help pass the time indoors. Designs include Förtress, Höuse, Wigwåm and Cåve, all made using items in the home including chairs, cushions and sheets.
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