2018 Winners & Shortlists

THE LINE-UP SONG

Creative Effectiveness Lynx
Client/BrandCOCA-COLA
Product/ServiceCOKE RED
EntrantFP7/CAI Cairo, EGYPT
Type of EntryCreative Effectiveness
CategoryCreative Effectiveness
Idea Creation FP7/CAI Cairo, EGYPT
Media Placement UM MENA Giza, EGYPT
PR FP7/CAI Cairo, EGYPT
Production FP7/CAI Cairo, EGYPT

Brief Explanation

For any country’s football fans, a national team’s players and its jersey symbolize people’s patriotism. But in Egypt, things were different. After years of failure at the international level, the national Egyptian team’s line-up and jersey were forgotten. “In the past couple of years, Egypt did not qualify for the African cup.” “if you stop winning, the people eventually lose interest.” “We don’t know the new team.” “No one knows the new players?” So, when Coca-Cola wanted to support the Egyptian team that had qualified for the African Cup of Nations, its first international tournament in six years, we needed to create excitement about the national team's line up and re-ignite pride in the national jersey, while hijacking a tournament and players, sponsored by Coke’s blue competitor; which meant Coca-Cola couldn’t be on mainstream media! To disrupt this disadvantage we had, we went far from the games and players. To a ping pong hall in central Cairo. And first created a song that shared the new national team. And its line-up. The Coca-Cola “Line-Up” song became the most played song from a brand in Egypt. Fans took over, sharing the line-up song. They placed “forbidden” faces on our content. Video bloggers made spoofs and parodies. Songs after each game thanked the players, echoing the line-up song. The marketing media loved it too! “You will listen to every word and play it more than once.” (Think Marketing Magazine, MENA). “Whoever watches this will be humming the song for the rest of the day.” (Campaign Middle East). “An ingenious way to get Egyptians to learn the players’ names.” (Adweek). Once Egyptians knew the national team’s line-up, we invited them to donate their favourite teams’ jerseys, in exchange for an Egyptian team jersey from Coca-Cola. The jerseys were featured on leading TV shows Thousands came to pop-up shops to exchange foreign jerseys. Foreign jerseys were recycled into blankets and donated. Special edition double-sleeve bottles inspired people to exchange their jerseys The Coca-Cola jerseys became big news being endorsed by the British ambassador in Egypt, TV personalities, Musicians, News channels, mainstream media, and in the parliament, too! We reached 55% of Egypt’s population. We earned the highest view-through-rates on YouTube & Twitter with 60% organic views And beat the blue competitor by 200% more hashtags and 118% more shares than Pepsi’s content, with 35% of the blue soft drink’s budgets. With 50% brand love, it overtook Coke’s blue competitor during football season. Coca-Cola’s football association increased by 10%, total volume sales in the period increased by 130% depicting higher and increased frequency, and total volume sales vs. last year (in the same period) showed an increase of 15%. The campaign, besides being awarded at Dubai Lynx, was also awarded at Cannes Lions, D&AD, The One Show, The ANDY Awards, LIA Awards and at the MENA Effies. And though Egypt lost the final, we brought the nation together, putting Coca-Cola at the centre of the momentum, helping the brand hijack an event it didn’t sponsor.

Credits

Name Company Position
Nabil Kouchouk Coca-Cola Marketing Director
Karim Samir Coca-Cola Marketing Manager
Mariam Rafaat Coca-Cola IMC Director
Ahmed Hafez Younis FP7/CAI Executive Creative Director
Maged Nassar FP7/CAI Creative Director, Director
Mohamed El Ghamrawy FP7/CAI Song Writer
Rami El Kerdani FP7/CAI Creative Director
Ahmed Fayez FP7/CAI Business Unit Head
Sara Sherif FP7/CAI Senior Account Director
Ahmed El Shimy FP7/CAI Account Supervisor
Aslan Tarek FP7/CAI Account Executive
Hend Ali FP7/CAI Account Executive
Magued Farahat FP7/CAI Group Account Director
Heba Radwan FP7/CAI Head of Production
Inas Nagy FP7/CAI Producer
Moayad El Shenawy FP7/CAI Producer
Naila Fattouh FP7/CAI Head of Planning
Tahaab Rais FP7/MENA Regional Head of Strategic Planning
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