2022 Winners & Shortlists

DESPAIR NO MORE

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BrandTENA
Product/ServiceTENA
EntrantIMPACT BBDO Dubai, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
CategoryBrand-led Education & Awareness
Idea Creation IMPACT BBDO Dubai, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Media Placement ZENITH Dubai, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
PR IMPACT PORTER NOVELLI Dubai, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Production BIG KAHUNA FILMS Dubai, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Production 2 ANGHAMI Dubai, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Production 3 TUNEFORK STUDIOS & MARC CODSI Beirut, LEBANON
Post Production THE FANTASTIC FILM FACTORY Beirut, LEBANON

Why is this work relevant for PR?

TENA set out to challenge the misconception that menopause marks the onset of an ‘Age of Despair’ – the name for ‘menopause’ in Arabic –and raise confidence in women aged 45+. PR worked to deliver evidence-based research to strengthen the premise that women’s attitudes and beliefs around menopause were far more empowered and progressive than the term used to describe this stage.

Background

TENA’s position as the world’s leading Adult Incontinence Product brand was not translating into market penetration in the region. TENA was lagging with a market share of 18% and found itself in a solid challenger position. With this context, a re-set was needed to gain traction in key markets such as KSA. Analyzing market conditions, the challenges became clear. Incontinence is globally the most stigmatized of health conditions, but in Saudi, the stigma was elevated to a taboo. The result is that 90% of women in KSA seek don't seek medical advice for incontinence as the topic is sensitive and the result is that most women chose sanitary pads as opposed to a specialized product. Additionally, TENA suffered a perception challenge and was being viewed as a medical product for older women that didn’t resonate with a younger audience, making it difficult for the brand to gain a cultural foothold.

Describe the creative idea (20% of vote)

To erase “The Age of Despair” across MENA and change it forever, we called on women to submit their positive alternatives and replace ‘despair’ with words of empowerment. On international women’s day, we launched a film featuring traditional Arab music - Tarab - and gave it a modern twist. With Tarab Star Ghalia, we created a song that turned the negativity of ‘the age of despair’ into a call for positive change. We also launched the music live on Anghami. Through social & digital platforms, strategic partnerships, and activations we created a movement for women, by women. We called on women across the region to tell their stories and invited them to submit alternative words. Thousands of women joined the conversation and suggested words that could replace ‘despair’, a female panel chose the one that stood out. “Renewal.” – Labeling menopause as the beginning of a new, exciting life chapter.

Describe the PR strategy (30% of vote)

The campaign narrative was aligned to International Women’s Day (IWD) 2021 theme, #ChooseToChallenge, and launched during IWD. The story and narrative around the campaign was strengthened through advocates such as the United Nations Population Fund, a surround sound of key opinion leaders, including well-respected healthcare practitioners who joined the conversation to not just elevate the discussion, but also to educate women and normalize the conversation around a sensitive topic of incontinence. Further, the research driven story backed by a survey of over 600 women from the region, gave substance and proof-points of a groundswell of sentiment that urged the region to move beyond the existing cultural phrasing for menopause.

Describe the PR execution (20% of vote)

Implementation of the PR • Through engaging with top tier media outlets locally and globally, and via partnership with the United Nations Population Fund, PR worked to deliver the campaign narrative challenging negative perceptions associated with menopause and the use of the negative label ‘Age of Despair’. Timeline • PR efforts were launched in two phases, starting with phase 1 with the goal of raising awareness around the campaign in March, and ending in Phase 2, showcasing the results of the campaign and how the label Age of Despair, was changed. Scale • More than 100 unique clippings we’re secured with top tier global and local news outlets such as Campaign live and Sayidati magazine. The campaign was endorsed by the UN and achieved a PR value of more than 200,000 USD and a reach of more than 20M, locally and globally combined.

List the results (30% of vote)

On average our social content over performed on engagement metrics by over 15% and generated positive comments for TENA and on the topic of changing the conversation around menopause. We achieved over 48k engagements, 829k in reach for our social content and over 7.5m in reach for earned coverage across Tier 1 regional media.

Credits

Name Company Role
Dani Richa Impact BBDO CEO and Chairman
Azeem Afzal Impact BBDO CEO
Paul Shearer Impact BBDO Chief Creative Officer
Marie Claire Maalouf Impact BBDO Executive Creative Director
Ali Rez Impact BBDO Executive Creative Director
Salma Shahin Impact BBDO Account Director
Sarah Berro Impact BBDO Creative Director
Irina Siraeva Impact BBDO Senior Art Director
Haitham Elias Shaheen Impact BBDO Senior Account Executive
Hiram Naman Impact BBDO Regional Head of Production
Ryan Gonsalves Impact BBDO Editor
Dema Almalik Impact BBDO Talent Manager
Mohammed Mahdi Impact BBDO Talent Project Lead
Oscar Ayala Essity Global Marketing & Communication Director TENA
Stamatios Mantzaris Essity Global Brand Communication Manager, Incontinence Care
Yosra El Embaby Essity Senior Brand Manager
Alex Grieve AMV BBDO CCO
Toby Allen AMV BBDO Deputy ECD
Jim Hilson AMV BBDO Deputy ECD
Tom White AMV BBDO Agency Planner
Laura Hazell AMV BBDO Account Manager
Elie Abou Saleh Anghami Vice President
Ghalia Benali AMV BBDO Music Artist
Zeid Hamdan Anghami Music Composer
Georges 'Josh' Rouhana Anghami Project Manager
Chady El Khal Big Kahuna Films Executive Producer
Camilla Cornelsen Big Kahuna Films Director
Neda Zag Big Kahuna Films Editor
Ingrid Sader Big Kahuna Films Editor
Razan Hamdan Big Kahuna Films Post producer