Product / ServiceBANKING
CategoryA02. Ambient media: small scale (incl. premiums and giveaways)
Entrant Company SAATCHI & SAATCHI Petaling Jaya, MALAYSIA
Advertising Agency SAATCHI & SAATCHI Petaling Jaya, MALAYSIA


Name Company Position
Sathi Anand Saatchi/Saatchi Malaysia Executive Creative Director
Sathi Anand Saatchi/Saatchi Malaysia Copywriter
Lim Seng Seong Saatchi/Saatchi Malaysia Art Director
Lim Seng Seong Saatchi/Saatchi Malaysia Designer
Mindy Lim Saatchi/Saatchi Malaysia Copywriter
Nicholas Soh Saatchi/Saatchi Malaysia Designer
Chia Kia Kiat Saatchi/Saatchi Malaysia Illustrator
Adrian Sng Saatchi/Saatchi Malaysia General Manager
Gavin Teoh Saatchi/Saatchi Malaysia Associate Account Director
Chin Yien Yien Saatchi/Saatchi Malaysia Senior Account Executive
Fara Ghazali Saatchi/Saatchi Malaysia Agency Producer
Paramjit Kaur Saatchi/Saatchi Malaysia Production Manager
Elle Chang Saatchi/Saatchi Malaysia Production Executive
Mohd Faris Abu Bakar Saatchi/Saatchi Malaysia Researcher
Sivagamy Glassfin Sdn. Bhd. Post/Production Producer
Jimmy Tan Fuse Asia Sdn. Bhd. Audio Producer
Lv Chong Monster Interactive Sdn. Bhd. Project Director
Francesca Koh Threesixty Photography Print Producer

The Brief

Smoking is one of the biggest causes of premature deaths in Malaysia. The most worrying fact is Malaysian youths aged 18-40, who are the pulse of the nation, make up the highest number of smokers in the country. Bank Simpanan Nasional wanted youths to quit smoking, as it was robbing the nation of valuable young talent. We realized the youths of today love their material possessions and hedonistic lifestyle more than anything else. We wanted to make a simple truth evident to our target audience: They are losing money (which could have been used to acquire desired possessions) to cigarettes.

Creative Execution

We made a simple truth evident to our target audience. We reminded them that they were literally burning money and at the same time, presented a compelling proposition so that they can further indulge in their hedonistic lifestyle. Bank Simpanan Nasional, a very traditional bank reached out and connected with youths through a campaign that had their interest at heart. The bank made youths reconsider their unhealthy habit and started them on the habit of saving.

Describe the creative solution to the brief/objective.

To dramatize this, we created cigarettes made out of Malaysian currency. We branded it RM, the acronym for our national currency, and distributed the cigarette packs to youths via product sampling. Inside the cigarette packs, youths also discovered inserts describing how much they could save and the cool things they could own if they gave up smoking. To further motivate the cigarette-free lifestyle, we created a microsite with material targets. Here, youths were continuously motivated by the progress they were making towards their desired target, with the money saved from cigarettes.


In just 8 months, the campaign earned more than 35,000 pledges to quit smoking. And the numbers are increasing every day. We engaged youths with a relevant idea that helped them decide against smoking. This, we believe, could reduce the number of premature deaths caused by critical illnesses associated with smoking. Plus, we also started the youths on the habit of saving.