THAILAND SMILES WITH YOU

TitleTHAILAND SMILES WITH YOU
BrandKING POWER INTERNATIONAL CO.,LTD.
Product / ServiceKING POWER
CategoryA04. Travel, Leisure, Retail, Restaurants & Fast Food Chains
EntrantKING POWER INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD. Bangkok, THAILAND
Idea Creation STORYTELLER BANGKOK Bangkok, THAILAND

Credits

Name Company Position
Mr. Rojana Chuasakul Storyteller Bangkok Founder / Chief Creative Officer at Storyteller Bangkok
Mr. Chaisan Maneeploypetch Storyteller Bangkok Art Director
Ms. Patthaporn Ratchatakittisuntorn Storyteller Bangkok Copywriter
Mr. Attapon Supphasittwong Storyteller Bangkok Client Service Director
Mr. Drakon Sirakovit Storyteller Bangkok Chief Strategy Officer
Mr. Piyangkorn Chinpornruchee Storyteller Bangkok Strategic Planning Director
Ms. Parima Katchapanan Storyteller Bangkok Strategist
Ms. Nongpan Srisai Storyteller Bangkok Senior Producer
Ms. Manipa Musiganont Storyteller Bangkok Producer

Why is this work relevant for PR?

King Power, the world-renowned duty free leader, ranked no. 8 in the world's Duty Free as acknowledged in “DUTY FREE NEWS INTERNATIONAL” (DFNI) magazine, has launched a collaborative initiative with the Thai Government and the King Power-owned Leicester City Football Club (LCFC), to help push forward the Thai Tourism recovery effort. This unique collaboration, “Thailand Smiles With You”, a global PR campaign, has been created to rebuild and heighten hope, positivity and resilience among global citizens and the people of Thailand, cheering them on to overcome this unprecedented health crisis together.

Background

UNITY IN TIMES OF CRISIS As Covid-19 brought the world’s economy to a halt, global lockdowns and travel restrictions have pushed global tourism into crisis while Thailand, where tourism contributed to nearly 20% of its GDP, was aware of unfavourable effects of this pandemic: no tourists, no hope. King Power realised that for a country heavily reliant on tourism, it would take a united effort to navigate and overcome substantial obstacles that plagued people and businesses involved in the tourism industry. King Power put the country’s well-being before its own through offering the King Power-owned Leicester City Football Club, 2015/2016 English Premier League champions, as a platform to reach the global audience of Thailand as the world’s destination painted with the smiles of Thai people. Even though global travel is still sharply restricted, Thailand sees itself in the hearts of global travellers when the world reopens for tourism.

Describe the creative idea (20% of vote)

REPLACING THE BRAND WITH THE SPIRIT OF A NATION Thailand is famously dubbed as “Land of Smiles” because of the remarkable power of Thai smiles. This simple yet meaningful gesture holds a profound meaning: caring, welcoming and always optimistic. It reflects hope, positivity and willpower under uncertain circumstances. King Power wishes to send the world the power of Thai smiles when the world needs it most. Adhering to the intention, we sacrifice the brand for the country by replacing the King Power logo on the LCFC jersey with the hopeful message from the nation: “Thailand Smiles With You” to the world. For the entire 2020/2021 football season, LCFC will be wearing the “Thailand Smiles With You Jerseys”, cheering up a potential reach of 4.7 billion viewers in 212 countries with a unique message the way Thailand knows how, to bring smiles back on people’s faces again.

Describe the PR strategy (30% of vote)

CREATING A NATIONAL AGENDA Whilst the campaign reached global audiences, we needed support from the Thai people to show Thailand’s readiness to welcome back tourists when the world allows the revitalization of the industry. King Power would not be able to achieve the goal single-handedly; it therefore enlisted the help of the nation’s most prominent and notable influencer: The Prime Minister of Thailand. This campaign received the attention and admiration of the Thai government, who accentuated massive PR value for it while also incorporating the assistance of other sectors. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) adopted “Thailand Smiles With You” to help promote local tourism through the use of Thailand Smiles With You jerseys in all 77 provinces across Thailand. Furthermore, Buriram United FC, Thailand’s highly successful football team, also replaced their Jersey sponsorship with “Thailand Smiles With You,” helping establish this campaign as a national agenda.

Describe the PR execution (20% of vote)

ACROSS THE WORLD AND BACK A national press conference kicked off by the Prime Minister announcing the collaboration between King Power, LCFC and the Thai Government, marked the launch of the historic “Thailand Smiles With You Jersey,” which earned national and international PR value. Simultaneously, the “Miss Your Smiles” short film featuring Leicester City footballer Jamie Vardy was broadcast internationally. Three days later in the last match of the 2019/2020 season against Manchester United, LCFC players walked onto the pitch wearing the new “Thailand Smiles With You” LCFC jerseys for global football fans to see --a moment of pride for Thailand witnessed on a world stage, generating buzz and talkability on social and media publications. While the campaign was run nationwide through multiple media channels, the “Smiles at your home ground” online film reminded Thais to put on a smile on their face during difficult times to sustain the campaign.

List the results (30% of vote)

“Thailand Smiles With You” created numerous effects on multiple levels: SMILING WITH FOOTBALL FANS “Thailand Smiles With You” was kicked off during the last match of the 2019/2020 EPL season, where LCFC played Manchester United. The match generated an estimate reach of 25.6 million viewers live, while the LCFC jersey continues to reach the projected 4.7 billion viewers for the entire 2020/2021 season (Source: FA Premier League). UPLIFTING THAI SPIRITS The “Smiles at your home ground” VDO was launched nationwide, generating over 28 million impressions, while the total PR value of 826 million Thai baht (20 million pounds) was generated in the entire campaign. SMILING TO THE WORLD Participation in Thailand was immediate with 80% of the “Thailand Smiles With You” Jerseys being pre-ordered in the very first month of the campaign. Moreover, additional PR and positive sentiment were generated as the proceeds of the jersey sales in Thailand (25 million Thai baht or 600,000 pounds) were donated to the Ramathibodi Foundation’s RNA COVID-19 vaccine development and research. In summary, this campaign not only highlighted Thailand as a welcoming destination, gave the Thai people the feelings of hope and positivity, but also spotlighted King Power as a leading organisation in Thailand who is willing to contribute to the nation as the very first priority before its own.

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