Buck the trend
PG tips wanted to raise awareness and drive purchase of its wider black tea portfolio (Assam, English Breakfast etc.) to differentiate itself and cement its role as market leader in the face of evolving competition. The problem was that, wherever our audience were, they tended to consume their default black tea.
Hot beverages in general are relied upon for waking up, punctuating workdays, gaining favour, welcoming home, relieving illness and lulling to sleep. In this case, we focused on the mornings – a key driver for hot beverage consumption.
Our communications needed to give people a compelling reason why PG tips is the perfect accompaniment for their morning, highlighting our black tea varieties in the process.
How do we drive taste relevancy and make PG tips the perfect accompaniment for your morning?
Twitter was identified as the media platform where consumers were expressing their morning mood in the moment, and therefore provided the perfect space for us to insert ourselves into organic conversations.
Take on mornings
For this campaign, our objectives were:
● to target the morning market and the habitual hot beverage consumer
● to join and engage in the social conversation on Twitter around mornings
● to showcase the broad range of PG tips available
Mornings… Who needs them?
Some mornings can be difficult (Monday, we’re looking at you). Others can be awesome or simply meh.
We identified through social listening and keyword searches on Twitter that there’s an existing conversation around morning moods, with established trends over the course of the week. However, sometimes these turned out to be contradictory e.g. Mondays peaked for being both Tired and Productive, while Fridays over-indexed in people who were calm as well as those who were motivated.
Join the GIF-olution
100 million GIFs were shared on Twitter in 2015 alone. They’re easy to consume and, like emojis, have become a language of their own, a shortcut for your mood or response.
Our strategy was to join the conversation and talk about moods through the emotional currency of funny GIFs. To do this, we put Monkey to work to create a seemingly endless set of shareable GIF assets – Sad Monkey, Zen Monkey, Sassy Monkey, Sleepy Monkey, Confident Monkey etc. – which drove people back to a clear product message. We chose not to assign specific sentiments for specific days, but rather to create a suite of emotions the audience could use to represent how they were feeling that day.
Everyone’s doing it
The timing was perfectly planned, with Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Twitter and iMessage all integrating GIF keyboards into their functionality to make finding and sharing them even easier.
Act like a user, not a brand
It was important to understand where people go to find and use GIFs on Twitter to be authentic. The answer? Partner with Giphy, which powers the Twitter GIF menu. We were using Twitter like a normal user, not a brand.
By keeping the content authentic and branding subtle, the GIFs were trended by Giphy, making sure our knitted ambassador appeared first when anyone felt Happy, Sad, Sassy, Sleepy, or just had that Monday morning feeling.
Engage in the conversation
Once we’d let these out into the world, we also wanted to use them to speak to people, as PG tips, on Twitter, with our distinct tone of voice. On top of organic conversations, paid Twitter posts aimed to drive brand engagement with new audiences, with delivery being timed to coincide with mornings.
We used a format that was hot off the press, Twitter Moments, as a way to demonstrate the range of our GIFs in a simple and interesting format. The featured moods and accompanying copy changed depending on the day to maximise relevance.
Furthermore, every morning we went deeper than just social listening. We had a team of writers trawling Twitter and giving real-time, super-responsive replies to people reacting to how they were feeling, along with one of our GIFs, of course.
Who needs a Trojan horse when you’ve got a Monkey?
By keeping everything we did authentic, timely and humorous, we saw an unprecedented amount of interaction with our campaign.
- 25 million organic views on Giphy (in just 6 weeks).
- Currently 148 million organic views and still ongoing.
- Gifs appeared on the top trending Giphy categories: ‘Excited’, ‘Zen’ and ‘No’.
- Average Engagement Rate (ER) was over 3%, performing above Twitter’s industry standard of 2-3%.
Fans and celebrities were quick to embrace our content, with names such as Rudimental, Edith Bowman, Lauren Pope, Sarah Millican, and even the anchors of Good Morning Britain, to name but a few, all authentically engaging with the campaign.
We helped people sum up how they were feeling and our content was readily shared by an often brand-averse audience.
This meant that, for a modest budget of £50k, we didn’t just join the morning conversation, but totally owned it.