Viagra: I am Ugly but I got the Hotty by Grey Hong Kong for Viagra

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Viagra: I am Ugly but I got the Hotty

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Industry Health & Pharmaceutical Products
Media Digital, Interactive & Mobile, Case study
Market Hong Kong SAR China
Agency Grey Hong Kong
Associate Creative Director Jeff Tsang, Henry Yim
Executive Creative Director Keith Ho
Creative Director Brent Horner, Kym Ma
Released February 2012

Credits & Description

Category: Best use of Social Media Marketing in a Promotional Campaign
Advertiser: PFIZER
Product/Service: VIAGRA
Agency: GREY GROUP HONG KONG
Executive Creative Director: Keith Ho (Grey Group Hong Kong)
Creative Director: Kym Ma (Grey Group Hong Kong)
Associate Creative Director: Jeff Tsang (Grey Group Hong Kong)
Associate Creative Director: Henry Yim (Grey Group Hong Kong)
Senior Art Director: Henry Kwok (Grey Group Hong Kong)
Head Of TV Production: John Lo (Grey Group Hong Kong)
TV Producer: Ying Ying Wong (Grey Group Hong Kong)
Assistant TV Producer: Erica Cheng (Grey Group Hong Kong)
Director Of Client Service: Dorothy Yung (Grey Group Hong Kong)
Digital Manager: Pearl Siu (Grey Group Hong Kong)
Creative Director: Brent Horner (Grey Group Hong Kong)
Media placement: Viral - Forums, Youtube, Facebook - 16 August 2011

Describe the objective of the promotion.
Our campaign was designed to increase awareness of the virtues of Viagra by building interest in Pfizer's 'Ideal Sex Survey', which revealed that women get more sexual satisfaction from a hard erection than any other factor.

Describe how the promotion developed from concept to implementation.
We 'leaked' a series of photos and videos onto the Internet of an ugly guy dating a hot girl, triggering a firestorm of discussion on Hong Kong's forums and social networks. Everyone wanted to know how such an ugly guy could get such a great-looking girlfriend. Users searched for the provocative photos, joined heated discussion threads, and even created their own spoof photos.
After we created a Facebook fan-page inviting the ugly guy to reveal his secret, the truth was revealed via 3 YouTube videos that explained his 'success' was due to hard erections from taking Viagra.

Explain why the method of promotion was most relevant to the product or service.
Hong Kong men with erection problems are typically too conservative to ask doctors or even friends for help. They prefer to search for information online. Moreover, the subject of 'how to get a great-looking girlfriend' is close to their hearts. So, photos and videos of an ugly guy winning a hot girlfriend triggered a huge amount of discussion – not to mention anger, jealousy, and hard feelings – which spawned user-generated involvement that grew and grew. The 3 viral videos provoked even more noise and interest that spilled over into the massive social networks of Mainland China.

Describe the success of the promotion with both client and consumer including some quantifiable results.
Within a week, the 'Hard Guy' became the hottest search on Yahoo! and Google. It successfully boosted the launch of Viagra's Ideal Sex Survey, dominating the front-page headlines of one main newspaper and appearing prominently in 12 others. We generated over US$500,000 worth of media value from a production cost of just US$7,500.