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Idea Creation COLENSO BBDO Auckland, NEW ZEALAND
Media Placement WAVEMAKER Auckland, NEW ZEALAND
Production FINCH Auckland, NEW ZEALAND
Production 2 FRANKLIN RD Auckland, NEW ZEALAND
Additional Company COLLECTIVE FORCE Auckland, NEW ZEALAND


Name Company Position
Nick Worthington Colenso BBDO Creative Chairman
Levi Slavin Colenso BBDO Chief Creative Officer
Dan Wright Colenso BBDO Executive Creative Director
Kim Ragan Colenso BBDO Creative Director
Maria Devereux Colenso BBDO Creative Director
Craig Thompson Colenso BBDO Creative
Ahmad Salim Colenso BBDO Group Business Director
Abbi Barker Colenso BBDO Business Director
Alice Sopwith Colenso BBDO Account Manager
Ruby Soole Colenso BBDO Account Manager
Natasha Gill Colenso BBDO Senior TV Producer
Scott Chapman Colenso BBDO Integrated Producer
Alex Gillespie Colenso BBDO Producer
Neville Doyle Colenso BBDO Digital Planning Director
Amy Pollok Colenso BBDO Planner
Andy Blood Facebook Creative Shop Creative Strategist
Oliver Downs MARS NZ Head of Marketing
Cormac van den Hoofdakker MARS NZ Marketing Manager - Pet
Giovana Peroni MARS NZ Brand Manager - Dog (Pet)
Akansh Hedge MARS NZ Trade Marketing Coordinator - Dog (Pet)
Tim Freeman Colenso BBDO Head of Digital
Will Thorrat Colenso BBDO Digital Producer
David Arcus Colenso BBDO Creative Technologist
Dean Pomfrett Colenso BBDO Design Director
Charles Howells The Collective Force Photographer
Karen Bryson FINCH Production Company Executive Producer
Jae Morrison FINCH Director
Shane Taipari Franklin Rd Sound Design
Ryan Dickinson Franklin Rd Sound Design

The Campaign

To demonstrate the irresistibility of Pedigree DentaSTIX, we created SelfieSTIX. A specially designed phone accessory that attaches DentaSTIX to your phone, so you can capture the perfect dog selfie. To accompany the clip, we created an app that took dog selfies and added fun filters to them. Facial recognition in humans is straightforward. But with the extreme variation in dog faces, the technology is much more sophisticated. This is the first time it has been used on dogs successfully.

Creative Execution

To demonstrate the irresistibility of Pedigree DentaSTIX, we created SelfieSTIX. A specially designed phone accessory that attaches DentaSTIX to your phone, so you can capture the perfect dog selfie. The promotional item was supported by the SelfieSTIX app. Like Snapchat lenses, but for dogs, the Pedigree SelfieSTIX app converts people’s canine companions into a delightful cast of characters. We trained a neural network to recognise dog faces by feeding it thousands of dog images. Over time, the trained algorithm learned to recognise similar patterns across all images and then, whenever the dog looks at the camera, the app places a fun filter on its face. The clip, app and campaign elements encouraged the sharing of images and videos across all social platforms - letting dog owners participate in a rich social community of like-minded pet owners.

SelfieSTIX and the accompanying app not only encouraged people to share their perfect doggy pics, it also encouraged repeat purchase of Pedigree DentaSTIX. Across social platforms, the campaign had over 2.1 million interactions. The campaign achieved 3.5 million engagements, a 24% increase in sales and one quarter of the country’s dog owners redeemed SelfieSTIX. Acquisition cost was 12 times lower than industry standard.

Pedigree DentaSTIX sat within the smaller ‘functional’ treating segment within a fast-growing care and treats category, but Pedigree wanted to relaunch DentaSTIX so it would cross over into ‘positive’ treating as well. By creating a mobile-first brand experience that had a strong presence in social media, we were able to give DentaSTIX social currency as a treat. Our audience were all dog owners, with a slightly younger skew, targeting those who were already in the habit of sharing pictures of their dogs. Traditional media asked people to click through to purchase DentaSTIX and get their free SelfieSTIX online, or in store. The SelfieSTIX clip and app drove repeat purchase of DentaSTIX and encouraged people to share their perfect dog selfies in social media with #PedigreeSelfieSTIX.


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