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Pouty lips earn Maybelline Yahoo! NZ’s Digital Strategy Award

Universal McCann’s Maybelline Baby Lips campaign has taken out the second quarter of Yahoo! New Zealand’s Digital Strategy Award.

Partnering with U TV, Maybelline created a world-first strategy that combined live television and social networking. U TV hosts and guests engaged audiences with the product via a ‘Truth or Dare’ game that invited viewers to share the best pouty lips photo on Facebook to be into win packs of Baby Lips.

The campaign further involved instant messenger with a fully branded Personal Expressions app that users could download to express themselves by decorating their Messenger wall with Baby Lips icons. They could then share the emoticons with their networks of friends which meant that the Baby Lips product was everywhere the girls went to socialise, get gossip and share.

Judges said the innovative, multi-channel digital campaign succeeded in bringing the Maybelline brand to the forefront of the very cluttered and competitive Lip Balm category.

“The multi-dimensional digital campaign provided accurate insight into consumer behaviour,” said Q2 guest judge and general manager of marketing communications at Tourism New Zealand, Justin Watson. “As a result, the audience did all the work by delivering the Baby Lips creative for Maybelline to the young female demographic.”

Over four weeks, the campaign drove 15,000 unique visitors through to the Maybelline website with over 14 million page impressions and saw 6,472 downloads on instant messenger. In addition there were a further 3,605 actions of engagement between friends within the app, along with hundreds of Facebook interactions.

Universal McCann implemented a communications strategy that mirrored the behaviour of the targeted young female audience,” said Laura Maxwell-Hansen, general manager of Yahoo! New Zealand.

By actively engaging in the social sharing of gossip and product recommendations via social media, Maybelline Baby Lips was able to own the digital space. The campaign was embedded into the audience’s network, socialconversations and behaviors.”

The winner of the first quarterly Digital Strategy Award was BMW’s Summer Sale 2011 campaign by DraftFCB. All quarterly winners are eligible for the overall Yahoo! DSA annual prize of $10,000 of media on Yahoo!