Vodafone Film Centre Stage by J. Walter Thompson Folk

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Industry Mobile Communications
Media Film
Market Ireland
Agency J. Walter Thompson Folk
Creative Director Monika Crowley
Released June 2018

Credits & Description

Category: Electronics, Technology
Media: Film
Brand: Vodafone
Agency: JWT
Geo: Ireland
Advertising Agency: JWT Folk, Dublin, Ireland
Head of Brand and Communications: Anne Mulcahy
Brand Operations and Sponsorship: Paula Murphy
Senior Sponsorship and Engagement Manager: Gerry Nixon
Sponsor Specialist: Paddy Carberry
Creative Partner: Karl Waters
Creative Director: Monika Crowley
Senior Designer: Gabriel Karasek Gagerio
Broadcast Director: Michael Cullen
Producers: Eric Brindley, Lily O’Gorman
Joint Managing Director: Enda Kelly
Account Director: Conor Thompson
Account Manager: Lauren Murphy
Senior Strategic Planner: Tamara Conyngham
Account Executives: Adam Lawlor, Melissa Byrne
Studio Director: Andrew Mc Quillan
Graphic Designer: Michael Sloane
Published: June 2018
This year, Vodafone Centre Stage is all about comedy, and we were tasked with using comedy to build brand affinity among young people in Ireland. This gave us a challenge: while “the yoof” love comedy as much as the rest of us (slightly) older fogies, they don’t attend live comedy in large numbers - preferring to get their laughs from YouTube and social media.
So, how do we merge the two worlds of traditional live comedy and online comedy? And how do we make it relevant to our target audience?
We created Ireland’s Funniest Fecker, a nationwide search to find Ireland’s next comedy star from the online world. Partnering up with comedian Kevin McGahern, we put a call out to the people of Ireland to send in a funny video they made for a chance to be famous.
We then engaged existing online comedy stars to further promote the competition on their channels, giving the campaign a broader reach.
What better way to build affinity with young people than by creating a hero from their own ranks? And what better way to promote comedy among this target age group than getting involved in their unique comedy culture?
So this summer, we’ll be hitting towns and timelines throughout the country with Kevin, unearthing Irish comedy gems as we build up to the crowing of Ireland’s Funniest Fecker live at the Vodafone Comedy Festival.