Carlsberg Ambient, Case study POKER [video] by Duval Guillaume Modem Antwerp

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Industry Beers and Ciders
Media Ambient, Case study
Market Belgium
Agency Duval Guillaume Modem Antwerp
Director Cecilia Verheyden
Art Director Koenraad Lefever
Copywriter Dries De Wilde
Editor Joris Vanden Berk
Released May 2013

Awards

Cannes Lions 2013
Branded content & entertaiment lions Branded Entertainment; Best use or integration of experiential events Bronze
Film Lions Internet Film; Viral Film Bronze
Media Lions Use of Media; Best Use of Special Events and Stunt/Live Advertising Bronze

Credits & Description

Type of entry: Branded Entertainment
Category: Best use or integration of experiential events
Advertiser: CARLSBERG
Product/Service: CARLSBERG BEER
Agency: DUVAL GUILLAUME MODEM Antwerp, BELGIUM
Executive Creative Directors: Katrien Bottez/Geoffrey Hantson (Duval Guillaume Modem)
Copywriter: Dries de Wilde (Duval Guillaume Modem)
Art Director: Koenraad Lefever (Duval Guillaume Modem)
Account Director: Elke Janssens (Duval Guillaume Modem)
Account Manager: Bart Verschueren (Duval Guillaume Modem)
Digital Strategic Director: Kris Hoet (Duval Guillaume Modem)
Conversation Manager: Maarten van Herck (Duval Guillaume Modem)
TV Producer: Marc van Buggenhout (Duval Guillaume Modem)
Director: Cecilia Verheyden (Monodot)
Executive Producer: Tatiana Pierre (Monodot)
Producers: Bo De Group/Charlotte Cotman (Monodot)
DOP: Pieter Van Alphen (Monodot)
Post Production Manager: Frauke Dierickx (Monodot)
Editor: Joris Vanden Berk (Monodot)
Sound Studio: (Sonicville)
Describe the campaign/entry
Since this branded entertainment case is an experiential event there are no imposed restrictions. Except of course the normal ethical ones.
Results
Challenge: 1. Position Carlsberg as a reward for people showing courage. 2. Give new meaning and gravity to the whole tired concept of 'friendship' in the context of beer advertising.
Objective: Position Carlsberg as a reward for close, very close, friends showing courage and standing up for their true mates when needed by conducting a branded entertainment reality-experience.
Strategy: We didn't flatly claim that Carlsberg is a reward for true mates standing up for a friend, we demonstrated it and by doing so dramatically associating the brand not just to friends, but to friends who would practically kill for each other. Making it so much more than the average 'social-friendship-beer'-ad. Witnessing such true friendship makes us question ourselves, and our own friends. It makes us wonder if any of our friends would do that for us.
Execution: in the middle of the night we let a group of guys call their best friends to get them out of hoc of a poker night gone wrong. After explaining what's at stake, each guy asks their best friend at the end of the line to bring €300 to the sketchy gangster dungeon where they're being held captive.
This live piece of branded entertainment was filmed, put on YouTube and seeded to extend conversations.
In the middle of the night we let a group of guys call their best friends to get them out of hoc of a poker night gone wrong. After explaining what's at stake, each guy asks their best friend at the end of the line to bring €300 to the sketchy gangster dungeon where they're being held captive.
We didn't use actors pretending to be friends. We used real friends in action. It is not staged.
The message is in the outcome of this experience, not in the experience itself. It's in the relief that we witness true friendship.
The questions "what would you do to safe a friend in need?" and "would my friends do that for me?" not only lies in the heart of the campaign but in the heart of all conversations. Globally. The Carlsberg friendship test went around the world from the very start. The talk-value of the campaign was instant and the social video - made from the stunt - made the online and offline headliners instantly, gained over 4m views and over 400.000 shares in its first week (still counting). After 2 weeks over 160m people were reached and earned media was estimated over $4m (still counting).