While we wait to open the 2016 competition in a few weeks, it can be so much fun to look in on the work of creatives who have been Mobius Awards winners in the past. We chose a visit to Leo Burnett Melbourne, a 2015 Best of Show in Direct. At the agency’s website, we discovered a 2012 treasure, a project to find sponsors for Spiegelworld, a circus of a different sort. As Burnett points out in its explanation of the project, they had to attract the attention of a “notoriously disinterested” group, corporate executives.
And they certainly piqued that group’s interest, with a mailing of a “Box of Curiosities.” The big box included jars and little boxes containing such oddities as a chocolate-flavored edible toupee, a voodoo doll complete with pin, jerky made from a two-headed goat and a response enclosure in the form of a tag to be tied on a carrier pigeon’s leg.
It worked, the agency said. One hundred percent of those contacted accepted a call about sponsorship and/or participated as a sponsor.
What’s that saying about “daring to be different”?