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* Cannes Lions Awards - Cyber Lions - Grand Prix
* Cannes Lions Awards - PR (Consumer Goods) - Gold Lion
* Cannes Lions Awards - Direct (Fast-Moving Consumer Goods) - Silver Lion
* Cannes Lions Awards - Promo & Activation (Best Use of Social) - Bronze Lion
* CLIO Awards (Gold) - Social Media
* CLIO Awards (Silver) - Content & Contact
* CLIO Awards (Bronze) - Engagement
* IAB MIXX Award (Gold)- Social Marketing
* Facebook Studio Awards - Blue Award (Best in Show)
* Effie Awards (Gold) - Snacks, Desserts, Confections
* Effie Awards (Silver) - Small Budgets, Products
* Effie Awards (Bronze) - Brand Experience
* Webby Awards - Best Food & Beverage Website - Finalist

Objective

Oreo had a big birthday to celebrate – its 100th, in fact. To commemorate the milestone, we set out to prove that at a century old, Oreo is as relevant as ever.

Insight

We took a close look at the demographic makeup of Oreo’s online communities and uncovered an interesting finding: Millennials, not just moms, were some of the time-tested brand’s most passionate supporters.

Strategy

The strategy was to become more relevant with the Millennial crowd by re-imagining pop culture through the eyes of Oreo. The program, Daily Twist, was an ambitious exercise in real-time culture-jacking. Oreo kicked things off with a simple visual of a six-layer rainbow Oreo cookie. The caption read: “Pride.”

The rest, as they say, is history. From the momentous Mars Rover landing to the rapid rise of Psy’s “Gangnam Style” video, Oreo was in the thick of it. We created a brand newsroom, scouring pop culture for the top storylines and hosting editorial meetings to collaborate on each day’s top headline. Following this process, a new piece of social content was created every day for 100 days.

The pivot from a snack company to a media-minded company required Oreo to dramatically change its approach to marketing. Real-time content creation and a new eye for relevancy propelled a newly-nimble brand to the center of the cultural dialogue.

Now that Oreo was at the center of the conversation, it was time to put the brand at the center of the universe – in Times Square – for an unprecedented live event. For the big finale – the 100th Daily Twist – we invited our online communities to pitch us their own story ideas, and then let them vote on their favorites. Real-time polling results displayed on the towering buildings that surrounded our glass-encased “newsroom” – and when the winner was selected, the brand and agency teams designed the content in reality TV fashion.

Results

By the end of the 100 days, Oreo became a living, breathing part of culture – and people (especially Millennials) looked at the brand in a completely new way. According to some of our industry colleagues, we “set a new standard” for marketing in the digital age.

Fan engagement soared. We saw a 280 percent increase in Facebook shares and 510 percent increase in re-tweets on Twitter. The content series garnered more than 1 million Likes on Facebook - or 10,000 Likes per post, on average.

Oreo became a fixture in the press for the duration of the campaign, earning praise and mention from outlets like the New York Times, Huffington Post, Mashable, ABC News, CNN and BuzzFeed. These and thousands of other placements produced more than 230 million earned media impressions.

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