Enter the 14th Annual Shorty Awards

The Shorty Awards honor the best of social media and digital. See categories below. The early entry deadline is on December 9th, 2021.

From the 3rd Annual Shorty Social Good Awards

Dawn Celebrates 40 Years of Helping Save Wildlife with #DawnWildlife40

Silver Distinction in Animal & Wildlife

About this entry

Get ready to quack about this one!

Dawn challenged its PR agency, Citizen Relations, to deliver a memorable, impactful, and integrated campaign that activated consumers to buy its dish liquid on "feel rather than deal." Knowing that millennials (one of the brand's core consumer targets) are drawn to brands that stand for something more than just product benefits, Citizen worked with the Dawn team to tap into its rich 40-year history of saving wildlife – and its credential of being the only brand to be trusted by wildlife experts to be tough on grease, gentle on feathers - to develop an activation that demonstrated the product efficacy, and feel good purchase power, to consumers in an authentic way.

Together, the brand and agency team set out to:

Working "wing-in-wing," we looked to accomplish key goals including:

Why does this entry deserve to win?

Our #DawnWildlife40 campaign was crafted via three key strategies:

Building on those strategies, our program was brought-to-life in July 2018 for media and consumers through the following activations:

Dawn's 40 Years of Helping Save Wildlife 3D Exhibit – Its' one thing to hear about the number of animals Dawn has saved over four decades (more than 75,000 to be exact), but it is another thing to see it! We honored those birds and marine mammals with a 3D exhibit that soared along the walls of New York City's Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Station and visually told the story of Dawn's Wildlife legacy over the past 40 years. After being first unveiled on Good Morning America, the 3D exhibit had 75,000 animals soaring over media, influencers and consumers' heads all day long and highlighted the brand's long-standing relationship with our credentialed wildlife partners, International Bird Rescue and The Marine Mammal Center. At the completion of our activation, more than 70,000 commuters and 40 national media and influencers were stopped in their tracks while experiencing the power of Dawn.

Dawn's 40 Years of Helping Save Wildlife Media Day: To garner additional media and consumer attention, Dawn commissioned actress (and wildlife advocate), Kate Mara and veterinarian, Dr. Evan Antin, to help authentically tell the story of the brand's long-standing commitment to rehabilitating wildlife. While the animals soared in Vanderbilt Hall, Kate and Evan hit the media circuit to encourage people to feel good about Dawn's legacy of supporting organizations dedicated to rescuing wildlife. Good Morning America, Associated Press, US Weekly, New York Stock Exchange, Cheddar and Fox Business spoke with Kate Mara and highlighted b-roll footage of the 3D exhibit. Dr. Evan Antin was interviewed by Access Hollywood and visited International Bird Rescue to experience, first-hand, how the organization's staff utilized Dawn to gently clean animals in need.

Dawn's 40 Years of Helping Save Wildlife Influencer Bird Crew: In addition to the exhibit and the media activations, we had over 40 influencers quacking about Dawn's wildlife legacy throughout the month of July. More than 10 of our influencer partners attended the 3D unveiling and while they were watching the birds soar, others got out their camera - and their dishes - and activated their readers to tell our #DawnWildlife40 story. Each influencer also pushed a traceable link to either a brand coupon, to the Dawn homepage to learn more about our campaign or to a sweepstakes that offered one lucky winner a chance to visit one of our wildlife partner's headquarters.


The #DawnWildlife40 campaign has soared past all of its PR goals -- including a current tally of over 1.7 billion earned impressions -- and the delivery of a dynamic and moving 3D exhibit that left consumers feeling good about purchasing Dawn.

Additional #DawnWildlife40 results include:


Video for Dawn Celebrates 40 Years of Helping Save Wildlife with #DawnWildlife40

Entrant Company / Organization Name

Citizen Relations, Dawn/Procter & Gamble


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