Established in 1996, The Webby Awards is honouring the best of the internet.
The 23rd Annual Webby Awards received 13,000 entries from 70 countries and all 50 states and generated over 9 billion media impressions worldwide.
Here are 3 winning campaigns in the Brand Strategy & Experience Marketing categories:
1. Burger King – the Whopper Detour
The competition between Burger King and McDonald’s began over sixty years ago. With the advent of the internet, these two giant fast-food restaurant chains brought their rivalry into digital. Both Burger King and McDonald’s have entered the creative race where each of them is looking for the next most creative marketing campaign to earn media buzz, fans attention and sales.
The Whopper Detour campaign is a great example of beacon marketing.
Beacon marketing is a form of communication between brands and their consumers based on beacon technology.
You can read all about this technology here: How can Beacon Digital Marketing Help Your Retail Business Thrive?
Using this technology, Burger King essentially turned 14.000 McDonald’s locations into Burger King restaurants.
Pretty smart, right?
According to official statements, it took Burger King almost a year to prepare the promotion. The campaign is entirely reliant upon technology (beacon technology, the app) so it was vital to the campaign’s success that everything goes smoothly.
Get people to download the Burger King app.
- 50.000 Twitter mentions;
- Going from #686 to #1 in the app charts in 48 hours;
- 1.5 million downloads in 9 days;
- 3.3 billion impressions;
- Mobile sales 3x during promotion and 2x after the promotion ended;
- Highest store traffic in 4 years.
The Whopper Detour campaign won in the Advertising & Media Category for Brand Strategy.
2. One Strange Rock – Astronaut Reality Brand Experience
One Strange Rock is a TV-series documentary filmed by Hollywood movie director Darren Aronofsky and hosted by Will Smith.
The documentary explores the fragility and wonder of planet Earth by following eight astronauts who share their unique perspective on our planet.
But this experience is quite exclusive, isn’t it? Only 536 people have been to space.
To launch the show, the team at McCann NY asked themselves the following question: what could we do to allow other people – people who will never be astronauts – to enjoy a similar experience?
Learn more: These 7 Brands Used Augmented Reality Creatively
To answer this question they came up with the Astronaut Reality Helmet, which provides users with one-of-a-kind VR space experience.
Raise media attention.
- 312 million impressions;
- 47 pieces of press coverage;
- over 457 social shares;
- 1.27 billion readers online;
- One Strange Rock viewership was 13% higher than the channel’s non-fiction average performance.
The Astronaut Reality Brand Experience won the People’s Choice Award in the Experience Marketing category.
3. Carlings – ADDRESS_THE_FUTURE
There are digital influencers on Instagram with millions of followers promoting real-life clothes. Miquela, a non-human influencer is one example.
How about real-life influencers promoting digital clothes?
Norwegian retailer Carlings took this idea and turned it into reality.
The brand designed a digital clothing line to illustrate its brand values: sustainability and fashion creativity. The clothing line is a collaboration between the brand and CGI model Perl and includes various fashion pieces: jeans, vests, jackets and coats at prices ranging between 10 euro to 30 euros.
With this digital line of clothes – called Neo-Ex, Carlings helps its customers share their style online – via 3D rendering – without leaving a negative footprint on the world.
With this project, we wish to challenge ourselves and the entire industry into taking the next step. We really believe it’s an interesting issue to address – do all clothes need to be physical?
Raise awareness of water consumption in the clothing industry
- +25 pieces of press coverage;
- +10k impressions for the Instagram post announcing the launch of the clothing line.
The ADDRESS_THE_FUTURE campaign won the Webby Award in the Experience Marketing category.