OCTOGRAPHER

Short List
TitleOCTOGRAPHER
ClientSONY NEW ZEALAND
Product/ServiceTECHNOLOGY ADVERTISEMENT
CategoryA01. Use of Promotional Events & Stunts 
EntrantFCB NEW ZEALAND Auckland, NEW ZEALAND
Entrant Company FCB NEW ZEALAND Auckland, NEW ZEALAND
Advertising Agency FCB NEW ZEALAND Auckland, NEW ZEALAND

Brief Explanation

We trained the world’s first octopus to use an underwater camera. But for this product demonstration to really work people had to know it was for real. So we created an event where the public could come and see this amazing performance for themselves and then we shared it with the world.

Execution

As more people use their mobiles to take photos, cameras are being left at home. The SONY Cyber-shot TX30 is waterproof and there is one place this camera can still function better than most mobiles. The Ocean. To show people how easy it is to take great photos in the ocean with this camera, we gave it to an amateur photographer who lives in saltwater and created a unique product demonstration. We trained the world’s first octopus to use an underwater camera. But for this product demonstration to really work people had to know it was for real. So we created an event where the public could come and see this amazing performance for themselves and then we shared it with the world.

The Brief

As more people use their mobiles to take photos, cameras are being left at home. The SONY Cyber-shot TX30 is waterproof and there is one place this camera can still function better than most mobiles. The Ocean. To show people how easy it is to take great photos in the ocean with this camera, we gave it to an amateur photographer who lives in saltwater and created a unique product demonstration.

Describe the success of the promotion with both client and consumer including some quantifiable results

The Octographer was covered by everyone from the New York Times and CNN to the Discovery Channel and National Geographic. Hundreds of photo blogs and photography websites also picked up the story. The amazing underwater performance by Rambo and the TX30 was Sony’s most successful product demonstration of all time and the most shared camera campaign of all time. The Cyber-shot TX30 went from 85th to the No1 most searched product on Sony’s website and is currently the most watcehd New Zealand ad on Youtube for 2015.

Explain why the method of promotion was most relevant to the product or service

By training an octopus to use a Sony Cyber-shot, we reminded people that this camera is at home in salt water and that anyone can take great underwater photos with it. But it was important to show that Rambo’s skills were real. An animal behaviorist worked with Rambo for 6 weeks, then her skills (Rambo is a she) were announced on national TV. The public were invited to New Zealand’s largest aquarium for a very special photo session. Hundreds of people turned up to be shot by the Octographer and their photos were shared online. The footage of Rambo at work was made into a unique piece of content that was shared around the world. Since the launch Rambo had performed again at the aquarium for the public and TV crews.

Credits

Name Company Position
James Mok FCB New Zealand Asia Pacific Executive Creative Director
Tony Clewett FCB New Zealand Executive Creative Director
Regan Grafton FCB New Zealand Executive Creative Director
Peter Vegas Draftfcb New Zealand Creative
Leisa Wall FCB New Zealand Creative
Christiaan Van Noppen FCB New Zealand Creative
Pip Mayne FCB New Zealand Head Of Content
Nick Smith FCB New Zealand Head Of Craft
Michael Braid FCB New Zealand Director/DOP
Toby Sellers FCB New Zealand Group Account Director
Hannah Downes FCB New Zealand Account Director
Mark Vette Animals On Q Director - Animals On Q
Andrew Christie Kelly Tarltons SEA LIFE Aquarium Curator
Claire Wheeler Kelly Tarltons SEA LIFE Aquarium Marketing Manager
Angela Spain FCB New Zealand General Manager Manager Pr
Kimberley Kastelan FCB New Zealand PR Senior Account Director
Kate Grigg FCB New Zealand Digital Director
Ele Quigan FCB New Zealand Brand Experience Director
Laura Little FCB New Zealand Account Executive