Powered by Ocean and created by 18 Feet & Rising, March for Giants begins in Hong Kong on March 23, progresses to New York and then continues to London on March 24, reaches Birmingham the following day and ends in Manchester on March 26.
The four-day march mobilises public and corporate power by inviting companies and individuals to generate their own branded adult and baby elephants to join the herd as it marches in real time.
Corporate donors can create their own elephants decorated with their logo and brand colours for £5,000, the amount it costs to protect an elephant for life in the wild in Africa. Individuals can name a baby elephant for £5, or sign up for a £5-a-month year-long donation, which protects an elephant for one year.
The virtual herd will be created and grow online during March before being released across five giant digital out-of-home screens operated by Ocean and its Alliance partners.
The herd takes 80 minute dominations in Hong Kong and New York and features across the UK screens for three days. The campaign supports the work of the conservation organisation Space for Giants.
The campaign transcends international borders to appear across some of the world’s most prominent and impactful digital OOH media spaces: Tsim Tsa Tsui in Hong Kong, Times Square in New York City, Westfield Stratford City in London, The Media Eyes at Grand Central in Birmingham and the Manchester Printworks.
The March for Giants was an international winner in Ocean’s annual creative digital competition, which sets out to push the creative and technical boundaries in digital out-of-home.
William Thacker, creative director of 18 Feet & Rising, approached Space for Giants after the shocking results of the 2016 Great Elephant Census reported that a third of all African elephants have been wiped out in the last seven years.
“With the 2016 Ocean Outdoor competition open, we saw an opportunity, and real possibility, of securing some global media on a scale significant enough to make a difference to an extremely serious and unreported issue,” said Thacker.
“As a B-Corporation, our first thought was how we could mobilise and unite brand and public power, equally, for good. Rather than simply raise awareness, we wanted to raise funds, funds that will go some way to combating the blight of poaching in Africa.
“Starting from Space for Giants’ fundraising webpage, we have developed an online campaign hub that will stream to our media inventory, and reward engagement in real time – whether sat at home, on your commute, or stood in front of one of our DOOH spaces around the globe.”
Each elephant will be decorated in corporate liveries and donors’ names, all supported in social and broadcast media by a network of celebrities, social influencers and international news networks across the globe.
Thacker said: “We’ve been humbled by the amount of support we’ve received from some very passionate, talented and selfless people. People who have given up their time, resource, contacts, influence and most importantly their creative know-how and energy to support a cause and creative concept we all believe in."
Max Graham, CEO of Space for Giants, said: “Space for Giants has a proven toolkit of tactics to protect elephants, and March for Giants will allow us to put those methods to good use in many more places."
"It’s a huge boost to have elephants at the centre of this innovative, brilliant campaign, and it’s inspiring to see some of the world’s most recognisable companies and brands already signing up. They clearly see the urgency here.”
Ocean CEO Tim Bleakley said: “To see this march of virtual elephants unfold across the world is a massive idea made possible by an incredible team. It’s never been attempted before and we urge everyone who can to get behind it. The creative concept and the cause are worthy winners of our creative competition.”
The herd is released in Hong Kong on the new CTV screen in Tsim Sha Tsui at 7pm local time (11am GMT), reaching the Thomson Reuters screen in Times Square New York at 7pm (EST) on March 23, arriving in Westfield Stratford City, London at 8am on March 24.
The herd then heads North to Birmingham reaching the giant Media Eyes positioned above Grand Central station and shopping centre from 8am on March 25, reaching its final destination at Manchester Printworks from 8am on March 26.
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