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Product / ServiceUBER EATS
CategoryC02. Use of Real-Time Data
Idea Creation SPECIAL Sydney, AUSTRALIA
Media Placement MEDIACOM Sydney, AUSTRALIA
Post Production ARC EDIT Sydney, AUSTRALIA
Post Production 2 RUMBLE STUDIOS Sydney, AUSTRALIA


Name Company Position
Lucinda Barlow Uber Marketing Director APAC
Andy Morley Uber Marketing Director ANZ
Rebecca Kemp Uber Eats Senior Marketing Manager
David Griffiths Uber Eats Head of Marketing Uber Eats ANZ
Cade Heyde Special Group Founding Partner & Managing Director
Tom Martin Special Group Partner & CCO
Julian Schreiber Special Group Partner & CCO
Jade Manning Special Group Creative Director
Vince Osmond Special Group Creative Director
Jeff Seeff Special Group Australia Creative
Joel Grunstein Special Group Australia Creative
Sevda Cemo Special Group Australia Head of Film & Content / Executive Producer
Celia Garforth Special Group Strategy Director
Eileen Cosgrove-Moloney Special Group Team Lead
Laura Little Special Group Business Director
Sarah McKie Special Group Social Manager
Emily Stewart Special Group Talent Director
Lachlan Stewart Special Group Social Lead
Emily Willis Special Group Producer
Alyce Guy Special Group Senior Producer (Social)
Scott Pickett Scoundrel Director
Ben Scandrett-Smith Scoundrel Producer
Adrian Shapiro Scoundrel Managing Director/ Executive Producer
Yianni Warnock Scoundrel Socials Director
Jack Hutchings Arc Edit Editor
Daniel Lee Arc Edit Lead Editor
Chris Betteridge Arc Edit Online artist
Eugene Richards Arc Edit Online Artist
Freya Maddock Arc Edit Senior Post Producer
Christopher Tovo Chee Productions Photographer

Why is this work relevant for Media?

This fully-integrated campaign used channels in innovative ways. Created for a TV-broadcast sponsorship with the Australian Open (AO) Tennis tournament, it’s beating heart was actually Instagram Stories. Built around a real-time promo mechanic that was entirely responsive to the live game - when the score was LOVE (0), you could eat for LOVE ($0) - Instagram Stories provided the perfect, ephemeral platform where content could be posted and then removed instantly. The entire media ecosystem, including our celebrity-influencer Sacha Baron-Cohen, directed people to Instagram, where over the two-week campaign an impressive 2,300 pieces of responsive social content were created.


Uber Eats is known for breaking the rules of traditional advertising, using the ‘Tonight’ I’ll be eating…’ campaign to build an entertainment brand that embeds itself in culture. A key moment is through the annual Australian Open (AO) Tennis partnership. With 1-in-2 Aussies tuning in to watch, it’s a chance for the brand to be part of this tentpole sporting moment. Yet with 27 major sponsors of the AO (more than any other Grand Slam) and logos plastered everywhere, it’s tough to cut through, particularly as Uber Eats is only a mid-tier sponsor, with broadcast-only inclusions. Despite this - Uber Eats set the ambitious goal of achieving brand fame by ‘owning the game’ across the two-week tournament. That wasn’t all though. Unlike previous years, Uber Eats wanted to use this as a key sales-driving moment too, by integrating a cross-platform promotion that would drive orders for our major restaurant partners.

Describe the creative idea / insights (30% of vote)

We created a way for Uber Eats to own a moment in every single game without a logo in sight. We introduced an integrated second screen activation that was entirely responsive to the live Australian Open score. And it was simple. When the Tennis score was LOVE (0), Aussies could eat for the price of LOVE ($0) on Uber Eats. All they had to do was stay glued to the Uber Eats Instagram channel, where the real-time promo codes were dropped. Our idea was designed to infiltrate the Australian open, so we partnered with the master of subterfuge himself, Sacha Baron Cohen, to amplify the activation. With Sacha, we co-created his first-ever character for a brand - Robbo the Rogue Umpire, who was obsessed with keeping the score in every match at LOVE.

Describe the strategy (20% of vote)

The promo mechanic itself needed to be innovative enough to generate the fame we were after, whilst maintaining people's attention throughout the entire two-weeks with promotions that changed daily. That meant looking beyond just the TV inclusions in our package, and instead using these to direct people to social media, tapping into second-screen behaviour. The ephemeral nature of Instagram Stories meant we could instantly post unique promo-codes every time LOVE was on the scoreboard. And when LOVE disappeared (sometimes seconds later), the codes could too. A three-tiered communications strategy created an ecosystem that directed people to our Instagram channel. Announce - Build awareness and hype around the campaign (always on TV, on-screen billboards, OOH, OLV, social) Explain - Show what today’s deal is, and how to take part (updated nightly - TV, OLV, radio, social) Engage - Drop promo codes in real-time when the score is love (Instagram stories).

Describe the execution (20% of vote)

Executing the campaign took a monumental effort. In total, it involved… 1 tennis tournament. 3 live simulations run in the lead-up to de-risk every stage of the customer journey. 5 restaurant partners included in the campaign (McDonalds, Hungry Jacks, Ben & Jerry’s, Dominos, Subway) 14 days of the tournament, with 14 different promos - one for each day. 14 very late nights, with a 6-strong team of community managers and content creators working round the clock to drop codes, new content and trouble-shoot in real-time. 18 different TV ads run, some of which changed every day to announce the new promo. 1,820 unique, time-bound promotions dropped via Instagram Stories content throughout the tournament. 2,300 pieces of social content created in total. All making every LOVE moment at the tennis, an Uber Eats moment.

List the results (30% of vote)

Our real-time AO promo campaign helped serve up a raft of impressive results for ours and our partners’ businesses across the 14 day campaign period, helping us achieve both the brand fame and sales uplift the brief had asked for. Brand fame 17 million earned media impressions +35% increase in instagram followers, allowing us to overtake Hungry Jack’s fan base • Impact (sales) 4,000 acquisitions to our co-marketing partners on Uber Eats Over 100,000 code applications +8.5% increase in total orders over the two weeks +70% increase in Ben & Jerry’s orders compared to the week prior.

Describe the use of data, or how the data enhanced the campaign output

The campaign used data in two ways: 1. Pre-campaign - since this was the first time an Australian brand had used Instagram like this, we worked closely with the social platform and Uber Eats product teams to ensure a smooth customer experience. This involved three live simulations prior to launch based on historic Tennis footage, with a cross-functional team testing every aspect of the process. From generating thousands of new app-compatible promo codes, to posting them instantly via Stories when ‘love’ was on the score, to removing them just as instantly when score changed, and the full redemption customer-journey in the app itself. Each test produced a full report and scorecard, identifying problems and allowing us to de-risk the process. 2. During the campaign - We used live data feeds from the tennis broadcast to inform exactly when we activated and deactivated our promos (up to 130 times per day).