Heineken® has launched a new Open Your World campaign in the UK to promote openness as a value that helps break through the barriers that divide us. For more than 150 years Heineken® has stood for openness, believing that the simple act of sitting down and having a conversation over a beer, helps bring people together. Now Heineken® is putting it to the test with a new campaign which aims to explore if the benefit of finding common ground with one another, can ultimately lead people to be more open. The campaign kicks off with a social experiment that features real people. ‘Worlds Apart’, a real-life social experiment that puts together two total strangers that are divided by their beliefs, meeting for the first time. What happens when you bring together a feminist, and an anti-feminist? A transgender person and a guy who struggles to understand the category. Or a climate change activist with someone who thinks the whole idea is “piffle”? Heineken® sets out to prove that when you see past the labels, even the most divided groups can come together to find common ground. Apart from Heineken Worlds Apart commercial, the campaign includes a study let by Goldsmiths University on the Science of Common Ground, an employee ‘Mix It Up’ campaign and Facebook Chatbot that connects people from diverse backgrounds.
Euromelanoma Belgium is running “Skin Memories”, an interactive campaign using skin patches and Facebook photography. Skin cancer is easy to avoid and detect. Still, every 54 minutes someone dies from it, because we forget to check our skin. But we do check our Facebook timeline. Constantly. So BBDO developed Skin Memories. Transparent patches were distributed through all Belgian pharmacies. People can get a free patch, put it on a skin mark, take a picture and post it on Facebook. Facebook Memories will automatically show them the same picture again, year after year, in public or private, reminding them to check their skin and helping them to measure the growth and evolution of their skin marks. In addition, the Skin Memories posts themselves will contribute to a strengthened awareness and behaviour change.
Mindshare Denmark and Dove have created “Image Hack” a interactive campaign aimed at the advertising industry, challenging the stereotypical imagery associated with “beautiful women”. Mindshare collaborated with advertising photographers to take photographs of strong, independent and original women in non-stereotypical situations. The images were uploaded to Shutterstock and tagged to change the page algorithm, so searches on the site provide a realistic picture of women in today’s society. Advertising agencies and advertisers were then invited to use these images to produce women in a non-stereotypical way. The images were uploaded onto Shutterstock around Jan. 18. The site, ImageHack.org, went live in February. And on March 8, International Women’s Day, a series of outdoor ads appeared outside major agencies in Denmark, encouraging them to use these new images with the hashtag #EqualWomen. Advertisers and agencies from all over Denmark scooped the photos up and used them in their own advertising — 42 brands in all, including Ford, Frisko, GFB Pension, Panorm and Any Mac.
Nescafé Italia is promoting the role of coffee in building relationships, with the “Nescafé Hello Bench, a specially designed red bench. Creating new relationships it’s harder than we think, even when we are in the midst of hundreds of thousands of people. To do so, we need a spark, a new opportunity and, of course, a red mug. During the Salone del Mobile in Milan pedestrians were offered a cup of coffee and a chant to sit on the Nescafé Hello Bench, a bench that gets shorter when two people sit on it. Two sensors activate the bench and let two strangers get closer: an unexpected way to break the ice and start a conversation and a connection.
UK mobile phone company Giffgaff is running “The Big Swim”, an integrated advertising campaign celebrating the concept of freedom for mobile phone customers. A woman in a canary yellow swimsuit readies herself atop a diving board, surveys the sunny lido below and then launches herself into space, gliding through the stars, leaving a trail of magical star dust behind her. On her way she passes space satellites and even interacts with an astronaut, all still whilst wearing her swimming cap and costume, before landing back in the pool with a big splash.