The Economist: Surprising Reads

January 13, 2014Filed under Print and Media, Publications

The brief: The Economist is well known in the UK. In Germany it has an awareness of 2%. We needed to change this.

The idea: We know potential readers love reading, so we gave them something to read. Our idea: a campaign bringing media, creative and the board of editors of The Economist working as one. We focused on Berlin. We asked our media partner to map out the locations where we could find our potential readers. The media became the brief for the editors to find a topic and write the articles to create a smart match with each media type,

The solution: We turned media space into reading space. Giving Berliners a fresh view and a taste of what The Economist is about. The campaign got Berlin reading… and talking. Awareness went up to 12%. We even got a compliment from the editor in chief Wolfgang Blau of the biggest local competitor, Die Zeit. He just needed 109 characters. Germany is now aware of The Economist.

Advertising Agency:FHV BBDO, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Copywriters:Paul Falla, Mark Muller
Art Director:Bas De Graaf, Martin Cornelissen
Account Supervisor:Iain Howe
Planner:Arnd Jan Gulmans
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