Describe the brief from the client: Our client, The Zimbabwean newspaper, has been driven into exile for reporting on how the Mugabe regime has rigged elections, crushed the opposition, caused poverty, disease and the total collapse of the economy. And now, having been exiled, the regime has slapped a 55% luxury import duty on the paper (as if freedom of speech is a luxury) that makes it unaffordable for the average Zimbabwean. To get the paper into Zimbabwean hands, it needs to be subsidised, and our client can only do that by raising awareness, acquiring new customers and driving sales outside Zimbabwe. Creative Execution: The Zimbabwean is a newspaper that highlights the continuing turmoil in Zimbabwe. Instead of trying to explain all the problems to potential buyers of the paper we thought we'd show them a real and tangible symbol of the country's collapse - the worthless currency. To be able to casually throw away billions and trillions of dollars of currency, by handing them out and with our message stamped all over it speaks far louder than any letter or written appeal ever could. Describe the creative solution to the brief/objective. One of the most eloquent symbols of Zimbabwes collapse is the Z$ trillion dollar note, a symptom of their world record inflation. This money cannot buy anything. But it can become the advertising. So, we led with a direct campaign by turning the money into its own medium by printing our messages straight onto it .We handed out flyers. We mailed bundles of cash to famous people. Wherever the Zimbabwean was sold, we had a poster-with notes that people could detach to keep the email address. We made murals and even the worlds first billboards out of real money. Describe the results in as much detail as possible. Overnight, trillions of dollars of Zimbabwean banknotes achieved what theyd never been able to buy real results. By sending our mailers to media personalities and by distributing flyers on the streets and having tear-off posters, we generated massive traffic and talkability. Within days we were in the national press on national television and radio. And then the internet discovered it and it spread across the world. As the campaign continues, sales of The Zimbabwean continue to soar. In the week of the roll-out alone, the website logged over 2 million hits. We used Mugabes own creation against him.
Type of Entry: Integrated Campaigns Category: Best Integrated Campaign Led by Direct Marketing Title: TRILLION DOLLAR CAMPAIGN Advertiser/Client: THE ZIMBABWEAN Product/Service: THE ZIMBABWEAN NEWSPAPER Entrant Company: TBWA\HUNT\LASCARIS JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA DM/Advertising Agency: TBWA\HUNT\LASCARIS JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA Creative Credits Name Company Position Damon Stapleton TBWA Executive Creative Director Nicholas Hulley TBWA Creative Director Raphael Basckin TBWA Copywriter Nicholas Hulley TBWA Copywriter Shelley Smoller TBWA Art Director Nadja Lossgott TBWA Art Directorvia www.coloribus.com