|Title||SAVE THE WORDS|
|Product / Service||OXFORD DICTIONARY|
|Category||D02. New Product Launch/Re-launch|
|Entrant||Y&R Singapore, SINGAPORE|
|Entrant Company:||Y&R Singapore, SINGAPORE|
|DM/Advertising Agency:||Y&R Singapore, SINGAPORE|
|Rowan Chanen||Y&R Singapore||Executive Creative Director/Copywriter|
|Kirsten Ackland||Y&R Singapore||Art Director/Copywriter/Typographer|
|Rupert England||Y&R Singapore||Copywriter|
|Edward Ong||Y&R Singapore||Copywriter|
|Tom Ormes||Y&R Singapore||Copywriter|
|Siraj Mohammed Sirajuddeen||Y/R Singapore||Account Director|
|Stan Lim||The Upper Storey||Digital Art Director|
|Edwin Leong||The Upper Storey||Digital Copywriter|
|Aleksander Gvozden||The Upper Storey||Software Engineer|
|Kevin Lam||The Upper Storey||Project Manager|
|Chandra Barathi||The Upper Storey||Technical Director|
|Huang Shu||The Upper Storey||Designer|
The Oxford English Dictionary is updated every year. However sales are lagging due to the influence of the internet and online dictionaries. To stop the decline and stimulate sales, our task was to find a way to engage consumers and make the dictionary relevant again. In short, we had to make people fall in love with the joy of using the English language.
As the internet is the major source of the decline in dictionary purchases, it was the ideal place to begin a promotion to address this decline. Lovers of words are naturally readers of websites, blogs and online newspapers. And word lovers enjoy being able to interact with words, test their knowledge and share that experience with others - this promotion allowed all of that to occur.
The strategy was to centre the campaign on the internet - the largest cause of the dictionary's decline. We created a hub where people could discover words and interact with them in unusual and humourous ways. By using words that were archaic but mysterious, we built up a 'fan-site' for words that allowed visitors to use them, share them, wear them and shop for them! Ultimately leading them to purchase a dictionary. After almost a year of painstaking research, writing and re-writing, the promotion was launched via the web followed by executions in print, poster, ambient and public relations.
From Singapore to Somalia, the promotion found fans all over the world. Savethewords.org was featured extensively on talkback radio shows, online TV shows such as CNET TV, on twitter.com, on major blogs such as lifehacker.com and even on HillaryClinton.com. To date, we have 13,839 registered adopters, over 22,000 monthly page views, and over 3 million website mentions. There's even a fan website of photographs. Most important of all, sales of the Oxford dictionary have increased by 12.6% and we have cultivated a newfound passion for the English language and the Oxford dictionary at the very place that threatened it's existence.