|Title||GWEN STEFANI'S PRICELESS SURPRISE|
|Product / Service||MASTERCARD PRICELESS CITIES|
|Category||A01. Use of an Artist as a Spokesperson/Ambassador in Partnership with a Brand or a Cause|
|Entrant||OCTAGON Singapore, SINGAPORE|
|Idea Creation||OCTAGON Singapore, SINGAPORE|
|Tom Healey||Octagon||Account Director|
|Sam Ahmed||MasterCard - APMEA||CMO Asia Pacific|
|Dan Austin||MasterCard - APMEA||Senior Business Leader, Marketing|
|Andres Gonzales||MasterCard - APMEA||VP Sponsorships|
|Tan Siang Kim||MasterCard - APMEA||Specialist, Regional Consumer Marketing|
|Yuko Someya||MasterCard - Japan||Director, Global Marketing|
|Yoshiko Yeomans||MasterCard - Japan||Program Manager|
|Rob Twiddy||FRUKT||Account Director|
|Alex Mohler||FRUKT||Global Account Manager|
|Ko Enomoto||Weber Shandwick - Japan||Account Manager|
|Alex Baker||McCann||Regional Business Director|
|Cyril Bedat||Digital Arts Network||Regional Business Director|
The campaign launched with an excited Gwen Stefani, announcing her partnership with MasterCard and detailing plans to visit to Tokyo to play an exclusive concert for MasterCard customers, her first tour to the country in 9 years. Fans were compelled to share their personal vision of what ‘Priceless Japan’ meant to them, sparking discussion about the array of unique treasures on offer in Japan. This engagement stimulated online conversation and enabled MasterCard to serve unique Priceless Japan offers to fans that had engaged with the content. Gwen’s significant social media followings extended the reach of the content. Throughout the campaign, additional content featuring Stefani directed consumers to offers and experiences delivered by MasterCard merchant partners and drove to ticket sales for the ‘Gwen Stefani – Live in Tokyo’ event.
• One month out from the concert, tickets went on sale exclusively for MasterCard cardholders which showcased the Priceless Experiences available • Filmed content featuring Gwen Stefani was posted via social channels and drove traffic to the ticket sites • The concert venue was fully branded with ‘Gwen Stefani – Live in Tokyo’ and MasterCard branding. This extended to the outside of the venue and throughout the adjacent mall • Twelve Lucky Fans were invited to participate in a private Meet & Greet and photo opportunity on the Red Carpet with Gwen • VIP Guests entered the invite via red carpet and posed for photographs before making their way to VIP Mezzanine Level to watch the show in style • Consumers in the general admission section were invited to take part in the Gwen Stefani photo experience and were also treated to Priceless Surprises by roving brand ambassadors.
The results were exceptional… • A sold out show for the 1,800 lucky cardholders with over 300 unique Priceless Surprises. • There were 162 articles published and five ticket giveaway contests resulting in over 7,000 entries. • Gwen’s own social channels sparked delight, hitting over 1.7Million followers. • Social Influencers; Maki Nomiya, Harry Sugiyama and Style icon Yu Yamada loved and shared this priceless experience with absolutely no media spend, melting hearts across the internet. • Gwen’s album skyrocketed to number 1 on the charts including Billboard 200 and iTunes. Connecting with consumers in a new way, by inviting them to experience Gwen’s new album and attending her sold out show. Priceless.
The Japanese financial category floods consumers with offers. MasterCard took a new approach – don’t shout at them. Let them sing with you. Inviting consumers to see Gwen Stefani – Live in Tokyo they could really understand the power of having a MasterCard. Gwen Stefani, an international music superstar, who shares a mutual love with Japan, was the perfect choice to launch MasterCard's biggest initiative in Japan. The Grammy winning artist never thought she would tour solo again – let alone launch a new album and host an exclusive concert – and this became a reality, all thanks to MasterCard!
The Japanese financial category floods consumers with offers. MasterCard took a new approach – don’t shout at them. Let them sing with you. Inviting consumers to the Gwen Stefani – Live in Tokyo concert so they could really understand the power of MasterCard. Gwen Stefani, an international music superstar, who shares a mutual love with Japan, was the perfect choice to launch MasterCard's biggest initiative in Japan to date. The Grammy winning music artist never thought she would tour solo again – let alone launch a new album and host an exclusive concert – and this became a reality, all thanks to MasterCard.