80% of moms in the US feel “mom shamed,” yet less than 1% change their parenting style because of it. In other words: moms face a lot of unfair judgment disguised as helpful advice but they don’t want to hear it. To make matters worse, moms on a tight budget feel like they’re constantly being judged for what they choose to feed their kids. In the US, organic is expensive and that’s not an option for everyone. Yoplait is an affordable snack that her kids will actually eat. In other words, the product is already on her side. So we needed to show moms the brand is on their side too. Specifically, reintroduce the brand, make moms feels proud of who they are and the choices they make, and invite them to experience the brand in a modern way. To stand up for moms everywhere, Yoplait created “Mom On,” a new brand platform that sheds light on the daily challenges moms face, helping disarm the judgment through a blend of humor, confidence-building and empathy for all those taking on the most challenging job in the world. To build on our “Mom On” platform and show moms that we stand with them, we created a toll-free hotline, 1-833-Mom-Tips. All that “advice” moms don’t want to hear? We listened to it so moms didn’t have to. Once a caller dials the number, an operator directs them to a series of common judgments (e.g. thoughts on breastfeeding in public? press 2). With each number, the hotline presents another menu of options driving mom-shamers deeper into the layers of their own judgment, down a seemingly endless phone tree, ultimately making it impossible for them to pass judgment on moms.
Social media is a lifeline for our target audience, moms with kids 4-12: it’s a valuable source of information, entertainment, and connection. Unfortunately, it’s also a source of a ton of mom shaming. With that in mind we set out to empower moms by giving them a tool that would direct mom-shamers from one natural mobile behavior (posting on their social feeds) to another (making a call with their phones). Tapping into our own voice as a brand on social, the voices of influencers who would reach moms, and the conversation around a cultural moment that moms care about, we helped mom playfully ask mom-shamers if they were an expert on other people’s children, and then redirected them to the hotline with the CTA: “Call Now: 1-833-Mom-Tips”.
Starting with Yoplait’s social channels, we targeted moms on Instagram and Facebook and shared stills and a social-optimised film about the hotline. We then partnered with mommy bloggers on Instagram and Facebook who posted about the hotline, told their own stories about mom shaming, and shared pictures of themselves wearing shirts that said ‘How’s My Momming?’ Finally, we aired a :30 second infomercial during the Bachelor and we amplified participation around our broadcast moment with paid posts on Twitter targeting moms 18+ who are interested in the Bachelor, a promoted film on YouTube, and a GIPHY page with bespoke response GIFs made from our film—all intercepting mom shaming as it was happening and and redirecting the shamers to our hotline.
In the first week alone 1-833-MOM-TIPS received:
-average call time of 79 seconds
-totalling +13,170 minutes of unwanted opinions
-+5.7MM video views
-VTR of 62.34% (vs. a 41.24% CPG benchmark) and an efficient $0.01 CPV
We reached moms, and got them to take action:
-influencer content generated over 154M expressions
Moms loved the prank and took to social to show it:
-+12K mentions of “mom tips”during the campaign
Moms showed their appreciation with comments like:
-“Haha that number is hilarious THANK YOU so needed that laugh today while cleaning up throw up from my youngest.”
-“THIS IS SUCH A WONDERFUL THING!!! 😂😂😂”
We not only established Yoplait as the brand that makes moms feels proud of who they are, we gave moms a funny and useful tool that helped them with their day-to-day lives.
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