URA.RU Outdoor, Case study Make the Politicians Work! by RA Voskhod

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Make the Politicians Work!

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Agency RA Voskhod
Released April 2012


Cannes Lions 2013
Promo and Activation Lions Product & Service; Publications & Media Gold
PR Lions Sectors & Services; Corporate Responsibility Gold
PR Lions Technique; Best Use of Live Events and/or Stunts Gold
Media Lions Use of Media; Best Use of Ambient Media: Large Scale Gold
Promo and Activation Lions Use of Promo & Activation; Best Use of Guerilla Marketing in a Promotional Campaign Gold
Outdoor Lions Ambient; Special Build Silver
Media Lions Product & Service; Publications & Media Bronze

Credits & Description

Agency (city): Voskhod, Yekaterinburg, Russia
Creative Director(s): Andrey Gubaydullin
Copywriter(s): Evgeny Primachenko, Egor Gavrilin
Art Director(s): Vladislav Derevyannykh, Dmitry Maslakov
Production Company (& City): Voskhod, Yekaterinburg, Russia
Illustrator(s): Alex T
Short explanation
Yekaterinburg is the fourth largest city in Russia by population; and one of the very last in terms of quality of roads. The local site URA.RU, which writes about life in the city, decided to remind politicians that it is their duty to repair the roads.
Our politicians don’t care about potholes. Their only worry is their own public image.
So we associated road holes with the images of certain politicians.
In the night, on three potholes in city center, we drew faces of the governor, the mayor and the vice-mayor.
In the following day workers were sent to the holes but only to cover the portraits with paint. The officials were not aware that we were watching over the holes with hidden cameras.
We came back to the holes and next to each painted out portraits we wrote: “Painting it is not fixing it”.
The news about caricatures with the reference to Ura.ru became a viral sensation in Russia. The politicians were no longer able to sit idle.
The holes were fixed. Thus a special-purpose project Ura.ru Roads was launched, where every citizen can submit a problem road with a demand to fix it.
The news about the action was released in more than 300 media, mentioned in social networks more than 7000 times. During this period of this episode, the website traffic on URA.ru doubled. But the main thing is that it made the officials begin doing their jobs.
Web-site about city life in Yekaterinburg