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Industry TV Channels/Radio Stations and Programmes
Media Promo & PR, Case study
Market France
Agency Cake
Creative Director Stephane Lecoq - Alban Penicaut
Art Director Vincent Boursaud
Copywriter Constantin De La Borde
Photographer Mikael Vojinovic
Strategic Planner Thomas Roffé
Released September 2011

Credits & Description

Category: Best Use of Social Media
Advertiser: CANAL+
Product/Service: BORGIA SERIES
Creative Director: Alban Penicaut (Cake Paris)
Copywriter: Constantin De La Borde (Cake Paris)
Art Director: Vincent Boursaud (Cake Paris)
Associate Managing Director: Michael Bernier (Cake Paris)
Strategic Planner: Thomas Roffé (Cake Paris)
Digital Pr Manager: Hubert Munyazikwye (Cake Paris)
Account Manager: Audrey Mazet (Cake Paris)
Producer: (Emmanuelle)
Photographer: Mikael Vojinovic
New Media Manager: Benoît Ménard (Canal+)
Marketing Director: Samantha Etienne (Canal+)
Marketing And Advertising Director: Mathieu Mazuel (Canal+)
Advertising Manager: Perrine Long (Canal+)
Communication Director: Béatrice Roux (Canal+)
Media placement: Social PR - taxis - September 6, 2011
Media placement: Event - Grand Palais in Paris - September 6, 2011
Media placement: Social Media - Twitter - September 6, 2011
Media placement: Social Media - facebook - September 6, 2011
Media placement: Social Media - blogs (fubiz, minutebuzz...) - September 7, 2011

Summary of the Campaign
How do you reach influential bloggers to create buzz/PR on 'Borgia', the Canal+ new series about the (in)famous Pope's family and its sulphurous reputation (violence, sex, corruption) in the late 15th century's Vatican?

We came up with the idea of pranking influential bloggers, to put them at the middle of a sulphurous situation they would share.

For this, we invited them to a mysterious party. As they got in the cabs we sent them, they found a forgotten digital camera loaded with sulphurous amateur pictures involving priests in orgies.

Bloggers are curious, and as they had a look at the pictures they encounter something quite unexpected.

The Situation
'Borgia' is the new series from Canal+ about the famous pope's family and its sulphurous reputation (violence, sex, corruption) in the late 15th century's Vatican. The challenge is to get it on the web through social media and bloggers.

The Goal
The goal was to optimise web feedback a few weeks before the launch. So, bloggers were the perfect target.

The Strategy
A blogger stunt on the way to a mysterious private party for Borgia's première.

We 'abandoned' the digital cameras on the back seats of taxis we sent to bloggers who were attending the party in Paris, France.

The taxis were equipped with hidden cameras.

When they arrived, bloggers were received by priests and nuns and understood what was this mysterious party was: a Borgia première.

Documented Results
Finally, 52 bloggers were attending the event. Each one of them has posted a positive article on the event/the series.

The hashtag used by the bloggers quickly the hit #1 position in the French trending topics.

Nearly 300,000 impressions on Twitter.

An editorial partnership with the French trends website, Fubiz, has led to 700,000 targeted impressions.

1.6m viewers for the first episode - an audience record for Canal+.