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From the 7th Annual Shorty Awards

Unexpected Moments Inspire an #OpenUp Movement

Finalist in YouTube, Ambassador & Celebrity Campaign

Entered in Video, Food & Beverage

About this entry

In the Arab world, expectations are something we live with every day. We're expected to be engineers, doctors or lawyers, just like our fathers. Or even marry someone our parents have already chosen for us. And these are all pressures that we keep bottled up. During the month of Ramadan - a time when we try to change for the better – we decided to go to the root of our tension; the fact that we don't tell each other how we really feel. We wanted to show real people addressing real family tensions. Through influencers, we wanted to invite our audience to #OpenUp.

We found two highly authoritative and influential people who were struggling with their own inability to #OpenUp. The value exchange was strong. They would have the opportunity to inspire thousands of people throughout the region by partnering with a global brand that had the resources to tell their moving story in an impactful way. In exchange, these influencers not only physically let us into their homes and willingly promoted the campaign on their own prolific social media channels, but more importantly, they allowed Coca-Cola candid access to their personal family life. Together, Coca-Cola and the influencers truly partnered to co-create content and inspire others to #OpenUp.

The most exciting result was the 42% increase in Coca-Cola's most important global metric - Brand Love Score – during the month of Ramadan. This was the highest increase in Brand Love Score Coca-Cola MENA has ever experienced.

Why does this entry deserve to win?

Ramadan is essentially the Super Bowl of the Middle East. It's the single busiest marketing time in the Muslim world. Companies typically dedicate 20% of their annual media spend to the month of Ramadan. Shortened work hours and decreased energy as a result of fasting leads to an influx of online media consumption. In fact, time spent online increases by 35% and social media usage increases by 30%.

Coca-Cola wanted to show their commitment to their Muslim consumers by launching a regionally relevant Ramadan campaign that would break through the clutter and create a meaningful dialogue. First, we needed a social insight.

Expectations are something Arabs live with every day. They're expected to be engineers, doctors or lawyers, just like their fathers. They're expected to be formal around their elders, even their own grandparents. Sometimes, they're even expected to marry someone their parents have chosen for them. With all these pressures, there is a lot of tension that gets kept bottled up. We decided to go to the root of this tension: the fact that they don't tell each other how they really feel.

We wanted to show real people addressing real family tensions. Through influencers, we wanted to invite our audience to #OpenUp; to speak the unspoken and have a real connection with those who matter most.

But influencer relationship management is an immature practice in the Middle East. Despite the abundance of talented bloggers, strategic, engaging and ethical influencer programs are rare. Often times, bloggers are paid to collaborate with brands, leading to inauthentic and scripted results. We needed to provide a true value exchange for our influencers through meaningful and impactful experiences.

We found two highly authoritative and influential people who were struggling with their own inability to #OpenUp, Instagram sensation – Ascia AKF – from Kuwait and MENA Top Chef – Chef Badr – from Saudi Arabia. The value exchange was strong. They would have the opportunity to inspire thousands of people throughout the region by partnering with a global brand that had the resources to tell their moving story in an impactful way. In exchange, these influencers not only physically let us into their homes and willingly promoted the campaign on their own prolific channels, but more importantly, they allowed Coca-Cola candid access to their personal family life. Together, Coca-Cola and the influencers truly partnered to co-create content and inspire others to #OpenUp.

The influencer videos became a viral success. In fact, when Ascia posted a clip of the video to her own Instagram, she received more than 22,000 post likes and 3,000 comments within one day. Within 1 week, the videos received more than 1 million views. Additionally, there were more than 580,000 social media interactions (likes, comments, shares, retweets) and the campaign received more than 25,000,000 impressions. There were thousands of social media comments in which people exclaimed their inspiration.

The most exciting result was the 42% increase in Coca-Cola's most important global metric - Brand Love Score – during the month of Ramadan. This was the highest increase in Brand Love Score Coca-Cola MENA has ever experienced.

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