THE LAST EVER ISSUE
|Client||GAZETA.PL, BNP PARIBAS, MASTERCARD|
|Category||A05. Media / Entertainment|
|Title||THE LAST EVER ISSUE|
|Product/Service||THE LAST EVER ISSUE|
|Entrant||WAVEMAKER Warsaw, POLAND|
|Idea Creation||VMLY&R POLAND Warsaw, POLAND|
|Media Placement||WAVEMAKER Warsaw, POLAND|
|PR||WAVEMAKER Warsaw, POLAND|
|PR 2||VMLY&R POLAND Warsaw, POLAND|
|PR 3||FUNDACJA SUKCESU PISANEGO SZMINKA Warsaw, POLAND|
|Production||VMLY&R POLAND Warsaw, POLAND|
|Production 2||PAPAYA FILMS Warsaw, POLAND|
|Dawid Szczepaniak||VMLY&R||Executive Creative Director|
|Maciej Kozina||VMLY&R||Associate Creative Director|
|Daniel Przygoda||Wavemaker||Creative Head|
|Julia Szostak||Wavemaker||Creative Head|
|Urszula Mazur||VMLY&R||Account Manager|
|Anna Kwiatkowska||VMLY&R||Account Director|
|Gocha Adamczyk||VMLY&R||Senior Strategy Planner|
|Ewelina Wojtyczka||VMLY&R||Art Director|
|Adam Smereczynski||VMLY&R||Associate Creative Director|
|Lukasz Majewski||VMLY&R||PR Director|
|Rafal Nalewajski||VMLY&R||Influencer Lead|
|Tomasz Szkodzinski||VMLY&R||Design Director|
|Pawel Szczygiel||VMLY&R||Senior Art Director|
|Wiktoria Belz||VMLY&R||UX designer|
|Katarzyna Rychowiecka||Wavemaker||Junior Copywriter|
|Inez Ali||Wavemaker||Social Media & Content Specialist|
|Maria Jeppson||Wavemaker||Media Partnerships & Junior Content Specialist|
|Edyta Werpachowska||Wavemaker||Integrated Communication Manager|
|Andrzej Suhov||Wavamaker||Paid Social Leader|
|Emil Tumilowicz||Wavemaker||Head of Content|
|Lukasz Siewiorek||VMLY&R||project manager|
|Weronika Lawniczak||Papaya Films||Photographer|
|Daniel Jaroszek||Papaya Films||Photographer|
|Paula Patocka||Papaya Films||Photographer|
|Malgorzata Popinigis||Papaya Films||Photographer|
|Kacper Sawicki||Papaya Films||Executive Producer|
|Ewa Kurzava||Papaya Films||Producer|
|Marzena Szkolak||Gazeta.pl||Lead Editor|
|Magdalena Karpinska||Gazeta.pl||Lead Editor|
|Bozena Kowalkowska||Gazeta.pl||Editorial Project Manager|
|Michal Rutkowski||Gazeta.pl||Marketing Director|
|Olga Kozierowska||Sukces Pisany Szminka||CEO|
|Dagny Kurdwanowska||Sukces Pisany Szminka||NGO member|
|Olga Kolakowska||Gazeta.pl||Editorial Team|
|Anna Budynska||Gazeta.pl||Editorial Team|
|Olga Legosz||Sukces Pisany Szminka||NGO member|
|Dariusz Maciolek||BNP Paribas||Marketing Director|
|Joanna Blaszczyk||BNP Paribas||Marketing Manager|
|Malgorzata Witkowska||BNP Paribas||Marketing Manager|
|Marta Zycinska||Mastercard||Marketing Director|
|Rafal Cieciura||VMLY&R||DTP Manager|
|Natalia Makowska||Solski PR||PR Manager|
|Malgorzata Nierodzinska||Creative Shop, Facebook||Creative Strategist Facebook EMEA|
|Claudio Barreto||Creative Shop, Facebook||Creative Strategist Facebook EMEA|
|Edyta Kotowicz||Creative Shop, Facebook||Creative Strategist Facebook EMEA|
|Debbi Vandeven||VMLY&R||Global Chief Creative Officer|
|Lauren Lafranz||VMLY&R||Managing Director, Global Creative Operations|
|Claire Charruau||VMLY&R||Marketing Director|
|Jaime Mandelbaum||VMLY&R||Chief Creative Officer|
|Saul Betmead||VMLY&R||Chief Strategy Officer|
|Sunil Nair||Creative Shop, Facebook||Creative Shop, Facebook|
Why is this work relevant for Media?Having big partners on our side we could just make another huge media campaign. But changing people’s perception requires something more. So instead we made a bold and eye catching move - we bought the oldest, iconic Polish porn magazine “Your Weekend” to close it by publishing its very last issue in history. Instead of the usual porn content, we focused on issues of sexism, misogyny, gender portrayal and equality. “The Last Ever Issue” proved that even though press is becoming less relevant, it is still possible to harness the power of the medium in an impactful way.
BackgroundPoland is a country where women earn 18,5% less than men, we do not have effective system solutions preventing discrimination, kids at school do not get equality education, everyday sexism in public space is still socially acceptable. We are a conservative society which objectifies and marginalizes women. Even for the westernized liberal Polish middle class gender inequality is an abstract problem. Gazeta.pl, is a liberal news portal. It is brand which builds its credibility by social engagement - it is a portal which starts mass discussions about significant social topics. The role of engaged liberal media in time of far-right, anti-women government should be bold and brave. We had to start a serious mass discussion about sexism and gender inequalities. Mastercard and BNP Paribas were ideal partners as they have a long-term commitment of empowering women.
Describe the creative idea / insights (30% of vote)For 27 years, “Your Weekend” – one of Poland's longest-running and most read adult magazine - reduced women to sex objects. In December 2018, when it was up for sale, we bought it immediately. And used it to challenge the culture of sexism and gender inequality it had contributed to building. We transformed “Your Weekend” in a conversation-sparking, ground-breaking magazine promoting diverse and progressive narratives of femininity. We teamed up Gazeta.pl, our client and leading Polish news portal, with Mastercard and BNP Paribas, two brands with a long-term commitment to empower women, to create this last issue. We published it on International Women’s Day. We kept the regular sections and columns but reimagined the content around sexual education, gender portrayal, equal rights, sexism and more. It was the symbolic end of an era and a spectacular beginning for a much-needed national conversation.
Describe the strategy (20% of vote)The main assumption was to make the topic mainstream. That is why we have decided to target the campaign to the average middle class in Poland. People we wanted to engage were not rejecting the topic, but thought that it is the issue which doesn’t affect them. We didn’t want to judge anyone or to instruct. The thing was to show the perspective of women. And by that to make people realize that we all live in a society which is not equal. Our primary target audience were middle-class men who were brought up on the magazine’s biased portrayal of women. Target Group and our willingness to ignite natiowide conversation about the problem made media planning focus on digital and social media. Gazeta.pl, Mastercard, BNP Paribas and Twój Weekend primarily used their own social media channels. The campaign was also supported by OOH, radio and cinemas (all owned by gazeta.pl).
Describe the execution (20% of vote)The campaign consisted of two essential parts: A teaser campaign a week before the launch created excitement about the magazine’s last issue. Nationwide offline and online sales were launched on International Women’s Day. Gazeta.pl sold “The Last Ever Issue” through their publisher’s distribution networks such as Empik (a chain of 200+ bookstores), Relay/Inmedio/1 Minute (chain of 1000+ newsagents/convenience stores), publio.pl and kulturalnysklep.pl (online platforms owned by the publisher). Sales were supported by an integrated campaign including OOH, cinemas, radio, social media and PR. 100+ copies of the magazine were sent out to journalists and influencers which ignited a fierce social media debate. Both Mastercard and BNP Paribas amplified the campaign in their social media channels. A content section was created at gazeta.pl. It publishes content related to sexism, equality and gender portrayal. This content is redistributed through the media channels of what used to be an objectifying adult magazine.
List the results (30% of vote)Our most impressive result is... 0. That’s the exact amount of impressions of “Your Weekend’s” objectifying content since 08/03/2019. The campaign organically reached 4.5M people and generated 25M media impressions (Poland’s adult population is c.a. 28M) according to media monitoring services. “The Last Ever Issue” content generated 500k+ visits to gazeta.pl - a 50% increase in their daily traffic. The campaign was mentioned by Poland’s most influential TV shows “Pytanie na Śniadanie” and “Szkło Kontaktowe”. It was even featured as the main story on gazeta.pl’s biggest competitor’s news site - onet.pl. The online edition of the magazine was the best selling e-magazine in Poland of March 2019 (although readership of e-magazines in Poland is still in its infancy). Projected offline sales make it the best selling issue of “Your Weekend” in 10 years. But most of all, we transformed a vehicle for objectifying women into a platform for gender equality.
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