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Special Project

Special Project
From the 7th Annual Shorty Awards

Ballantine’s Campaign for a #WhiskyEmoji

Finalist in Wine, Beer & Spirits



Create a global social campaign for Ballantine's Whisky that increases relevancy amongst younger whisky drinkers (18-30 year olds).

Create famous content that engages existing fans, and generates cut through and reach with new audiences through social.

Measure of Success:

People sharing our content.

Solution & Cultural Context:

The proliferation of emojis in popular culture has fueled much debate in social channels. The campaign for a #WhiskyEmoji enabled Ballantine's to position itself at the heart of this narrative by creating a social movement for audiences to get behind.

There are emojis for wine, beer and martini, but not whisky - an injustice that had already been picked up by the whisky community in social. Ballantine's #WhiskyEmoji spoke to the people of the Internet who wanted to change that, asking them to get behind the cause through a RT, hashtag or like. Posts on social media also drove people to a campaign hub where they could log their support for the cause.

This collective show of support became the proof needed for an official submission to Unicode, the democratic consortium in charge of creating Emojis.

Strategy and Execution

Ballantine's #WhiskyEmoji achieved an overall reach of 7,500,000.

2,896 people used the #WhiskyEmoji hashtag, 70,000 people liked and 19,000 shared it in 37 countries.

4,658 people viewed the official Unicode submission video.

The total media spend on Facebook & Twitter was £5,500, working out at just £0.0004 per impression.

At the time of writing, #WhiskyEmoji was discussed at the Unicode Technical Committee and the Emoji Subcommittee have recommended that a #whiskyemoji be approved in the next release -


Video for Ballantine’s Campaign for a #WhiskyEmoji

Entrant Company / Organization Name

Ballantine’s (Pernod Ricard) Havas Work Club


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