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Name Company Position
James Mok FCB New Zealand Chief Creative Officer
Tony Clewett FCB New Zealand Executive Creative Director
Matt Barnes FCB New Zealand Digital Creative Director
Lennie Galloway FCB New Zealand Creative
Thomas Gledhill FCB New Zealand Creative
Jenni Doubleday FCB New Zealand Creative Services Director
Nick Smith FCB New Zealand Head of Design
Pip Mayne FCB New Zealand Head of Content
Fleur Head FCB New Zealand Managing Director
Jo Taylor FCB New Zealand Group Account Director
Karla Fisher FCB New Zealand Group Account Director
Emma Richardson FCB New Zealand Senior Account Director
Ra Kahukiwa FCB New Zealand Senior Account Manager
Murray Streets FCB New Zealand General Manager - Innovation and Strategy
Angela Spain FCB New Zealand Head of PR, Activation and Social
Joanna James FCB New Zealand PR Senior Account Director
Katie Smith FCB New Zealand PR Executive
James McMullan FCB New Zealand Executive Digital Producer
Andrew Jackson FCB New Zealand Digital Designer
Andrew Johnston FCB New Zealand Digital Developer
Arvid Erikkson Untold Director/ Photographer
Nigel Foster Sale Street Suite Sound Engineer
Matt Williams Vodafone New Zealand Consumer Director
Louise Kuegler Vodafone New Zealand Head of Brand and Insights
Liz Wilson Vodafone New Zealand Head of Brand and Consumer Communications
Natasha Hirtzel Vodafone New Zealand Marketing Communications Manager
Ryan Pellet Vodafone New Zealand Digital Marketing Manager
Mark Milicich Vodafone New Zealand Social Media Producer
Alessandra Nixon Vodafone New Zealand Digital and Social Media - Consumer Brands and Comms
Alessandra Nixon Vodafone New Zealand Digital and Social Media - Consumer Brands and Comms

The Campaign

In 2017, over half a million New Zealanders used Google Maps every day. But the automated voice wasn’t pronouncing Maori place names correctly. In fact, our native language wasn’t just declining; it was being butchered. With Vodafone connecting half the country to Google Maps – and with aural and oral assimilation the best way to learn a language – we saw this as a prime opportunity to contribute towards a revitalisation of Te Reo. So, we created ‘Say It Tika’ (Say It Right); a campaign that rallied the nation to help Google Maps find and fix its pronunciation blunders at This interactive site enabled locals to listen to every Maori place name in the country on a digital map, and drop a pin wherever Google Maps was falling short. Vodafone and Google then worked with linguists to fix these phonetic errors.

The Brief

Only required for F.02 according to example forms. [ONLY FOR F02. LOW BUGDET / HIGH IMPACT CAMPAIGN] PROVIDE BUDGET DETAILS (TEXT ENTERED HERE WILL BE VISIBLE TO THE JURY BUT WILL NOT BE SHOWN ON THE WEBSITE OR ARCHIVE, OR AT THE AWARDS SHOW)* (150 WORDS) • Overall budget • Breakdown of costs • Paid Media budget (where applicable)

Creative Execution

To drive response, we needed to grab the attention of the nation. So, we launched with a targeted social video calling on locals to help. But it wasn’t just any video. We enlisted well-known Maori actor, Temuera Morrison (Jango Fett), to star in a content piece people couldn’t ignore; Tem using Google Maps while riding a cow. Within hours, it got the media buzzing and thousands flocked to Vodafone’s interactive Say It Tika site to hunt down mispronounced Maori place names. Then, as planned, we used these preliminary responses to identify the most ‘pinned’ place names. We used this as a fresh angle to tell regional news outlets their towns were identified as the most poorly pronounced. This secured a wave of earned coverage. Once the campaign was over, Vodafone, Google and a team of linguists set about fixing every phonetic error Kiwis had found on Google Maps.

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

In just 14 days, Say It Tika became Vodafone’s most successful social communication ever: - Organic reach hit an incredible 60% - The video received an engagement rate of 4% (4X the industry norm). - Positive sentiment hit 99.8% (6X Vodafone’s benchmark). - And, over 40% of the population were reached via social media (double our target). On top of this, 7,500+ Kiwis auto-shared their pins from, helping us reach an even bigger audience through word-of-mouth. Moreover, 130 earned news items were generated across top tier media channels, reaching over half the population. But, most importantly, we exceeded Vodafone's target of 2,500 place name pins. Instead, we blew this objective by 2,591%, with a total of 67,800. De-duped, this resulted in 9,598 unique place names being identified as mispronounced. Google Maps have now set about fixing these. We see this as the campaign’s most defining result.

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

Google Maps does a terrible job of pronouncing New Zealand’s Maori place names. Vodafone wanted to do something about it. But with over 15,000 Maori place names out there, we needed to identify which ones were wrong before we could correct them. So we launched Say It Tika; a campaign powered by Vodafone and Google that activated passionate New Zealanders to protect their culture, by helping Google Maps find and fix its pronunciation blunders at In other words, it was a local campaign that rallied thousands of individuals to help change a global platform.

Social media is undoubtedly the place where people most often wear their beliefs and passions on their sleeve. With a limited media spend, we used this to our advantage. We set out to target those who were most likely to engage and share the initiative with friends; a Kiwi social media audience with an interest in Maori culture and an open mindset. To activate their desire to take action, we’d appeal to their sense of patriotism with a thumb-stopping social video positioning Say It Tika as a project that would protect our national identity. We also planned to reach out to key Maori influencers like Thor Ragnarok director, Taika Waititi, who would naturally encourage fans to participate. We’d then use preliminary website data to identify the most ‘pinned’ places, and release these to news outlets in those towns to generate earned PR encouraging more Kiwis to partake.


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