MISSING POSTER CHILD

Short List
ClientCHILD FOCUS
Category B02. Promotional Item Design
TitleMISSING POSTER CHILD
Product/ServiceBELGIAN CENTER FOR MISSING CHILDREN
Entrant WUNDERMAN Antwerp, BELGIUM
Idea Creation WUNDERMAN Antwerp, BELGIUM
Credits
Name Company Position
Pieter Staes Wunderman Antwerp Creative Director
Manuel Ostyn Wunderman Antwerp Creative Director
Wout Geysen Wunderman ANtwerp Creative
Tijs Dejonckheere Wunderman Antwerp Creative
Seppe Dogge Wunderman Antwerp Account Manager
Sander Van de Wiele Wunderman Antwerp Account Manager
Sebastien Greffe Wunderman Antwerp Design Director
Nathalie Wlostowski Wunderman Antwerp Designer
Anja Van den Broeck Wunderman Antwerp DTP
Jan-Bart Debruyne Wunderman Antwerp DTP
Chloé Van Elsen Wunderman Antwerp Social Media Strategist
Caroline Van Ranst Wunderman Antwerp Producer
Jan Boon Static Films Director
Hans Desmet Static Films Editor
Menno Van Riet Wunderman Antwerp Sound Engineer

Background

In almost every kitchen cupboard in Belgium you’ll find the same familiar face. That of a little boy printed on a packet of Cassonade Graeffe sugar. The child on the packaging became a real icon because it has been on the Cassonade packaging for the last 65 years. It’s so iconic that Belgians don’t even know it as Cassonade Graeffe but call it “Kindjessuiker” or “Little kid sugar”.

Describe the creative idea

For their 20th anniversary, Child Focus, the Belgian centre for missing children, teamed up with the sugar brand Tiense Suiker and launched this limited edition of the Cassonade packaging. Nation wide the entire in shelf stock was changed and 250,000 new packets were introduced in every store all over Belgium. But this time the little boy was missing, leaving nothing but an empty chair.

Describe the execution

We redesigned the pack by changing almost nothing. We removed the child in the design and replaced it by an empty chair in exactly the same illustration style. On the back of the pack people could read why we did this. The 250,000 childless packets were first secretly introduced in stores all over Belgium without any campaign. This immediately caused a lot of surprised reactions on social media. A week later we sent special direct mails to the press and launched the campaign on social media with a video. At first, the video looked like a typical sugar commercial but then, instead of an actor, it starred Edouard, a young man who had once been missing himself. The story was picked up by all major newspapers, TV and radio stations. This resulted in renewed attention for all missing children and spread one message all over Belgium: Never give up hope.

List the results

The campaign caught the desired attention on social media and all major media channels. This brought the message back on the table resulting in an increase of missing children posts on Facebook and an increase of Facebook followers. And in the end, that’s the most valuable result: having more eyes on the lookout for missing children. 24 million media impressions €503.000 earned media +68% share rate of missing children posts +9% social reach +8% Facebook followers