Black+Decker The Neverending URL

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Case Video Study

Background

Black+Decker is still the world’s leading manufacturer of hand and power tools, but brand awareness has decreased over the years. Our goal was to increase brand affinity by going after the target market both on radio and on social media channels, where the Black+Decker community is loyal and active.

This story went back to a cult campaign from the 1980s featuring the neverending and in Germany famous audio signature blackanddeckerblackanddeckerblackanddeckerblackanddecker … and used it to create an incredibly unique online activation.

Creative Idea

A digital and radio activation to give the most famous audio signature on the DIY market a neverending URL. The digital Black+Decker advent calendar makes typing in a URL an unforgettable brand experience. Listeners who type in exactly the right amount of “Black+Deckers” can win a great Black+Decker tool each day – and memorize the brand, not only acoustically, but also physically (through repeated typing).

Strategy

The target audience reflects both Black+Decker and DIY fans, male and female, active on social media or not. The social media strategy was focused on hardcore fans and followers. Because the DIY market is highly competitive in the pre-Christmas season, Black+Decker needs a new and uncommon way to touch people more often during their costumer journey. That’s why the media strategy’s radio part brought additional volume and a broader integration of the target groups into the contest.

Execution

On radio a short audio spot and on social media a video post were aired each day, announcing the apparently neverending URL valid only for one day. Listeners have to listen carefully and type it in the browser window. At 6 p.m. sharp, the website matching the URL disappears from the net, along with the daily prize. On the next morning, a new one appears – with another neverending URL: www.blackanddeckeradventskalender.de/blackanddeckerblackanddeckerblackanddeckerblackanddeckerblackanddecker

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Results

The success of the Black+Decker Christmas sweepstake exceeded the client’s expectations by far:

207.104 impressions. 52.389 views/interactions. Total reach of 196.343. And 1 happy winner every day.