CategoryA03. New Realities & Voice Activation


Name Company Position
Johan Vakidis Publicis Worldwide Chief Creative Officer
Anthony Tham Publicis Worldwide Executive Creative Director
Kenny.J. Huang Publicis Worldwide Creative Director
Jimmy Lim Publicis Worldwide Head of Planning
Xiangyu Kong Publicis Worldwide Art Director
Phil Peng Publicis Worldwide Creative Group Head
Land Lin Publicis Worldwide Art Director
Steven Lee Publicis Worldwide Business Director
Helen Xue Publicis Worldwide Account Director
Jojo Hu Heineken Sr.Brand Manager
Pablo Chabot Heineken Marketing Manager
Haotian Zhou Heineken Associate Brand Manager


Situation While Heineken continues be seen as aspirational, it is increasingly being seen as a more mature brand for formal occasions. As such, the brand is quickly losing traction amongst its younger consumers and is no longer the preferred beer brand they placed on their KTV, pub and dining tables when they meet with their friends. • Brief How to recapture these increasingly fluid and mobile Chinese millennials while staying true to who we are as a brand – and being the only beer brand with a global footprint in 192 countries • Objectives Business Objective Re-establish Heineken as the top-of-mind choice that younger millennials will place on their tables Brand Objective Leverage on our status as a global citizen creating world experiences as a key differentiator versus our competitors and justify our premium price point

Describe the creative idea

Whenever a consumer holds a bottle of Heineken, they are enjoying far more than a great beer. It opens up a world of premium and exotic experiences from all over the world with one easily accessible device – their mobile phone. Turning every bottle of Heineken into a catalyst of world exploration The Heineken World Teleporter

Describe the strategy

For starters, reigniting that much needed traction amongst younger Chinese millennials was key for the campaign. We found something interesting. This group loves travelling abroad. They want to explore new and exotic experiences that would ultimately provide them with bragging rights on their social platforms or their next drinking session with buddies. But while outbound Chinese travel has increased notably by 62% from 5 years ago, there’s a slight problem – 9 out of 10 of these millennials do not possess a passport. This is our golden ticket. We just need to find a way to connect the dots between “192 countries” and our stranded millennials to demonstrate value and create relevance.

Describe the execution

Bringing the world to China and your drinking tables With an average attention span of 5 seconds, we needed something truly groundbreaking to capture the eyes and mouth of Chinese millennials. We launched the limited-edition country bottles and promised China that every bottle comes packed with worldly experiences. How? Leveraging on AR and AI, we collaborated with China’s Taobao (E-commerce) and Wechat (Social) to reach out to an audience exceeding 2 billion. All users had to do is scan the Heineken Star with their mobile APPs to open up teleporters they can step into for exotic adventures from all around the world. Upon completion, they can then take ‘been there, done that’ selfies and share it on their social feed. And in order to intercept our competition, we also created life-sized teleporters in high traffic bar areas to establish Heineken as top-of-mind before they step into their drinking session.

List the results

And results were as appetizing as their desire for worldly discoveries. Engagement: 3.174 million teleportation travelers (400% engagement rate over other AR campaigns in China) 1minutes and 20 seconds average engagement Virality: 782.6 million impressions 29.7 million content engagements Sales: 193% volume uplift on E-commerce So while we might not be able to help them get a passport, we did manage to give these Chinese millennials a taste of the world!

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