Isobar helps transform ice cream brand into a secret weapon of love this summer amongst Generation Z
This summer, Isobar is helping ice-cream brand Cornetto create a series of interactive experiences with digital media. Centred on the theme: “Follow your heart, don’t wait,” the initiative is mobile-first driven. The campaign is inviting popular youth idols to ignite the passion for love amongst Chinese teenagers. From the lovingly-designed packaging to an ice-cream vending machine tour, Isobar and Cornetto are setting off a frenzy of love confessions!
Over the last five years, digital media has taken the Chinese youngsters by storm; with mobile usage easily overtaking desktop. Mobile is now at the centre of a teen’s universe. Given the microfilm fever is slowly passing on, how could Isobar make full use of the interactive advantages of mobile devices, bringing young people together with the brand, and rejuvenating the youthful sweetness of Cornetto?
By seeking insights into China’s post-millennial generation, Isobar has found that the young Chinese are less experienced when it comes to love than their Western counterparts. They crave love; they want to be loved, but they are scared to make the first move. Meanwhile, the young people who actively pursue love are seeking a creative and novel way to express their feelings to their loved ones.
For the young generation of China, love is just like an ice cream – if you wait for too long, it will melt away. Therefore, Isobar has cleverly combined the fleeting sweetness of love with Cornetto. Here comes the hidden advantage of love confessions!
With this core idea, Isobar teamed up with Cornetto to introduce a new digital marketing campaign “Follow your heart, don’t wait,” which transforms the beloved ice-cream brand into a secret weapon of love this summer amongst the Generation Z or post-millennials.
With its creative idea of “Follow your heart, don’t wait” Isobar has created a series of melting digital love letters, utilising a QR code on the Cornetto packaging to help love-struck teens express their feelings.
With the help of the mobile interactive site, consumers can select colourful confession templates, create unique love confessions of their own, and send the love letters via WeChat or QQ to their loved ones. Then the receiver will only have 520 seconds to read the confession before it melts away.
In addition to preset templates such as “Hey, I’ve got something sweet to tell you”, special editions love letters can also be unlocked on special occasions like the Dragon Boat Festival, to keep the campaign at fever pitch all summer long.
Vending machines invite you to customise your own exclusive Cornetto for love
In an effort to bring the online campaign offline, Isobar and Cornetto also introduced the first-ever love confession ice-cream vending machine in China – at multiple dating hotspots across major cities including Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. With your beloved friend, family or partner, everyone can simply take a loving photo using the vending machine’s camera, input their love message, and a customized DIY packaging sticker gets printed out, transforming Cornetto ice-cream into an exclusive valentine.
Cornetto selected Savoki (Zhao Jiamin) of idol group SNH48 and Lay (Zhang Yixing), two of the most popular young celebrities in China to help create awareness for the campaign. The two spokespersons appear lovingly on packages, generating social media buzz for the campaign. In addition, two hilarious confession videos featuring both celebrities were also launched on the QQ social platform, garnering massive attention from the target audience. By scanning the QR code on Cornetto packaging, consumers can also get a free emoticon pack featuring the two spokespersons in the QQ emoticon store, or get access to interactive games.
Since the campaign’s launch in May, sales for the brand have already increased by 10.6% compared to the previous month. Meanwhile, the campaign has triggered lots of discussions on social media, with campaign impressions totalling over 340 million, and re-posts of over 1.2 million, thanks to postings made by the two celebrity spokespersons. This summer, Cornetto has become “the way to woo,” delivering a brand experience full of sweetness, to China’s young consumers.
Benny Xu, Senior Brand Building Director of Ice Cream Business Unit, Unilever China, said: “As a well-known ice cream brand of Unilever, Cornetto attracts younger consumers with its creamy flavour and crispy cones. We launched this massive mobile marketing campaign in China this year for the first time in the hopes of creating greater connection and communication with consumers. Through interactive experiences that are close to the heart and lifestyle of our young generation, ‘Follow your heart, don’t wait’ has made Cornetto ‘secret weapon of love’ closely linking the product attributes, and promoting a series of love-filled confession initiatives.”
Rohan Lightfoot, Managing Director of Isobar Shanghai, said: “We're thrilled to be working with Cornetto as the brand begins to really embrace what technology can do in a Brand Commerce world. The digital product engagement that we created is right at the heart of a campaign and everything has been designed to be mobile centric. Cornetto is a brand that teens in China love and the campaign is constructed around the way that they use technology. Even at this early stage results look hugely positive.”