Submitted by: Print Power 13/12/2017
The general election was forecast as a foregone conclusion by the British media, and the public were switching off. Battling against default thinking, The Economist went out to help people make their own informed decisions about the vote – for free.
When Theresa May called a surprise general election in June 2017, the media drew assumptions that left the public disengaged and disinterested. Proximity London and UM London reacted immediately and set about creating a campaign for The Economist that would challenge the norm. With opportunity skyrocketing at key occasions, this was a pivotal moment to grow readership. The aim was to make the newspaper omnipresent through the course of the election, making sure voters had the chance to make their own decision, in the face of being told they didn’t need to.
To jolt a numbered electorate and get them reading the right kind of election coverage, The Economist would be on hand at every turn to offer voters a cutting perspective and a free copy of the newspaper to inform their vote. Making use of The Economist’s well-known wit, Proxmity London and UM London matched the rhythm of the election and borrowed the language of political discourse to make cutting observations, across a series of channels.
From Snapchat to reactive outdoor, potential readers were targeted wherever the conversation was happening. Ballot box papers were mimicked in press ads, and on the morning of the election, the team worked through the night to produce reactive outdoor that reflected the results of the constituencies. These ads were then placed in stations connecting to the constituencies sweeping up interested prospects with experiential placements underneath. At every juncture, the campaign nudged people to request a free copy or to subscribe.