Kobe Shimbun Print, DM, Case study Emergency Collectibles [case film] by Dentsu Inc. Tokyo

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Emergency Collectibles [case film]

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Industry Newspapers, Public Safety, Health & Hygiene
Media Print, Magazine & Newspaper, Direct marketing, Case study
Market Japan
Agency Dentsu Inc. Tokyo
Creative Director Ken Akimoto
Art Director Yusuke Imai
Copywriter Hirokazu Ueda, Kana Koyama
Designer Toshinori Obuchi
Producer Taiki Shibahara
Released January 2017


One Show 2018
Design Promotional / Periodicals - Full Page or Spread Bronze

Credits & Description

Client: Kobe Shimbun
Agency: Dentsu Inc. Tokyo, Japan
Entrant: Dentsu Inc. Tokyo, Japan
Idea Creation: Dentsu Inc. Tokyo, Japan
Media Placement: Dentsu Inc. Tokyo, Japan
Pr: Platinum Tokyo, Japan
Production: J.C. Spark Tokyo, Japan
Production 2: Engine Film Tokyo, Japan
Creative Director: Ken Akimoto (Dentsu Inc.)
Communication Planner: Junta Yoshikawa (Dentsu Inc.)
Art Director: Yusuke Imai (Dentsu Inc.)
Copywriter: Hirokazu Ueda (Dentsu Inc.)
Copywriter: Kana Koyama (Dentsu Inc.)
Planner: Ryo Makishima (Dentsu Inc.)
Planner: Kyouhei Myouga (Dentsu Inc.)
Account Exective/Media Planner: Ryo Komoto (Dentsu Inc.)
Account Exective/Media Planner: Eimi Shimizu (Dentsu Inc.)
Creative Producer: Yumeno Suzuki (Dentsu Creative Force Inc.)
Designer: Toshinori Obuchi (J.C.Spark)
Designer: Sari Ogino (J.C.Spark)
Designer: Oyaka Ito (J.C.Spark)
Photographer: Kotaro Tsujimoto (Freelance)
Retoucher: Daisuke Isozaki (Vons)
Retoucher: Tae Yoshioka (Vons)
Art: Go Suehiro (Sui)
Art: Nanami Mizuguchi (Sui)
Printing Director: Kenji Tamura (Tone Up Corp.)
Producer: Taiki Shibahara (Engine Film Inc.)
Director: Takashi Tomohisa (Freelance)
Cinematographer: Ryohei Oka (Freelance)
Music Producer: Ken Sato (Numan)
Music Composer: Kozue Katsuragi (Numan)
Color Grading: Nemoto Hisashi (Lespace Vision)
Pr Planner: Yuya Hamamura (Platinum, Inc.)
Pr Planner: Ryohei Nakamura (Platinum, Inc.)
Describe the campaign/entry:
We concluded that people felt preparing evacuation kits was tedious and time-consuming. To change negative attitudes about preparing evacuation kits, we devised a method of disaster preparation that we felt people could enjoy as a family. First, we decided to limit the number of emergency essentials to what could fit on a two-page newspaper spread. Then, we printed the outlines of each item on an actual spread. The goal was to suggest that preparing an emergency kit was like completing a treasure hunt.
Creative Execution:
We designed the two-page spread so it would appeal to men, women, and children. Each item was represented only by an outline so as to appeal to the human urge to fill compartmentalized spaces. Explanations for each item’s inclusion were also printed on the spread to help families visualize themselves actually using the items in an evacuation center. We also allotted a “Free Space” where families could place one item of their own choosing—an element designed to give families yet another opportunity to talk about disaster preparation. The spread was published in the morning edition of the Kobe Shimbun newspaper and later promoted on the newspaper’s Facebook and YouTube pages. We also made a downloadable version of the spread freely available on the Kobe Shimbun website.
Describe the success of the promotion with both client and consumer including some quantifiable results:
Newspapers containing the two-page spread were delivered to 510,000 households, of which 23,000 participated in the project. Eventually, even nonsubscribers learned about the spread thanks to widespread propagation by Facebook and Twitter users. Among all people who viewed the spread, 91% said they were now better informed about disaster preparation. After the project received praise from the governor of Hyogo Prefecture and an elementary school principal, schools and NPOs began to use the spread to teach disaster preparation. In the long run, we hope to further develop the content of this spread into an educational program for raising awareness about disaster preparation among the Japanese.
Explain why the method of promotion was most relevant to the product or service:
The spread succeeded in changing people’s preconceptions about disaster preparation being a tedious, time-consuming activity; in the process, it motivated many households to prepare evacuation kits and inspired schools and NPOs to incorporate the spread in disaster preparation workshops.
We needed a medium that was accessible to family members of all generations, promised a wide reach, and was likely to be properly archived. This is how we arrived at a newspaper. We introduced the feature by saying that the items had been chosen by a couple and their elementary school-aged child—a tactic used to implant the idea of disaster preparation being a family activity in adults who may have been previously disinclined to prepare an evacuation kit. By presenting disaster preparation as a type of treasure hunt, we hoped families would be more inclined to complete a kit, in the process creating an opportunity for parents to hand down their knowledge of disaster preparation to their children.