Celebrating 150 Years With Heineken's "GoodTimeKen" Campaign

Challenge
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From intense seasonal competition to cultural sensitivities, the “GoodTimeKen” campaign had to navigate complex obstacles to make Heineken shine among other brands.
Solution
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Eskimi’s tailored advertising and community-driven initiatives, such as the “Hei150Ken” contest, strengthened Heineken’s position and created lasting emotional bonds in the Georgian market.
Viewability
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61%
Engagement Rate
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6,5%
CTR
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0,51%
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Celebrating 150 Years With Heineken's "GoodTimeKen" Campaign

Challenge
:
From intense seasonal competition to cultural sensitivities, the “GoodTimeKen” campaign had to navigate complex obstacles to make Heineken shine among other brands.
Solution
:
Eskimi’s tailored advertising and community-driven initiatives, such as the “Hei150Ken” contest, strengthened Heineken’s position and created lasting emotional bonds in the Georgian market.

In the ever-competitive world of digital advertising, crafting a campaign that resonates with the target audience and fulfils the client's expectations is challenging. Celebrating Heineken's 150th birthday, the collaboration between Saatchi & Saatchi Tbilisi and Eskimi on Heineken's "GoodTimeKen" campaign not only met but exceeded expectations. Read on to discover how.

The Heineken Challenge: Understanding the Need for a Unique Approach

From navigating cultural sensitivities to measuring campaign effectiveness, Heineken's celebration of its 150th birthday in Georgia was a special occasion with a lot to consider. 

"Launching our first local campaign in Georgia came with several challenges. For example, the intense competition during the summer season demanded a standout strategy for Heineken to shine amid other brands." – Tamar Andghuladze, Head of Digital, Saatchi & Saatchi Tbilisi

A Strategic Partnership: Eskimi & SAATCHI

Why Eskimi?

Eskimi was chosen for its focus on emerging markets, mobile-centric approach, innovative ad formats, and cost-effectiveness.

"Eskimi provided distinct advantages for the 'GoodTimeKen' campaign. With a focus on emerging markets like Georgia, Eskimi offered resonant and culturally relevant messaging." – Tamar Andghuladze

Another area of focus is the difference between Eskimi and Google's restrictive advertising policies on alcohol brands. Eskimi provides more flexibility in terms of advertising solutions, allowing brands like Heineken to creatively engage with consumers. Their robust targeting capabilities and efficient use of programmatic advertising make for more tailored and flexible advertising.

Working Together on Strategic Creative Development

The collaboration between Eskimi and Saatchi & Saatchi Tbilisi on rich media creatives proved highly effective.

"Our long-standing partnership facilitated smooth communication and a seamless creative development process," said Tamar. 

Campaign Overview: Embracing Modernity, Celebrating Tradition 

The "GoodTimeKen" campaign targeted 18-44-year-olds, blending global charm and local flavour, reaching audiences across Facebook, Instagram and programmatic ads. A key highlight was the grand Ezo Festival, a memorable finale and a testament to Heineken's enduring legacy. But let’s get some more of the campaigns details:

When talking about the campaign, Tamar shared that "The campaign created new emotional connections, especially with young people, using user-generated content and growing brand popularity on social media." 

The "GoodTimeKen" campaign was designed to commemorate Heineken's 150th birthday in Georgia, targeting a broad spectrum of adults aged 18 to 44, both male and female. Through platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Eskimi, the campaign wove together a mix of international allure and local customs to engage its audience. 

Central to this engagement was the "Hei150Ken" contest, which invited Georgians to share personal experiences and testimonials, cultivating a sense of community and affinity for the brand. This synergy culminated in the grand Ezo Festival, symbolizing Heineken's lasting legacy and profound relationship with its fans.

The primary objectives of the campaign were to fortify Heineken's position in the Georgian market and to optimize reach and engagement. Success was gauged using key performance indicators (KPIs) such as brand awareness, reach, engagement, event participation, and conversions. The results were remarkable, with the campaign exceeding expectations across all fronts. It not only amplified brand awareness but also ensured impressive reach, robust engagement, and fruitful conversions. 

These achievements have not only celebrated Heineken's landmark anniversary but have also set a robust precedent for future marketing endeavors. The blend of creativity, community involvement, and innovative social media strategies has proven to be a triumphant formula, reflecting Heineken's commitment to its fans and its ability to adapt and thrive in diverse markets.


Key Takeaways and Future Strategies

The success of the "GoodTimeKen" campaign has provided several key insights that will shape future advertising strategies for Heineken. Here are some of the most important: 

  • Cultural relevance
  • Emotional storytelling
  • Digital integration
  • Reinforcing brand legacy

"These insights will play a crucial role in shaping future advertising strategies for Heineken, helping the brand thrive in the Georgian market." – Tamar Andghuladze

Conclusion: The Enduring Impact of Collaboration

The "GoodTimeKen" campaign is a testament to what can be achieved with innovative thinking, strong collaboration, and the right blend of tradition and modernity. The results speak for themselves, not just in numbers but in the emotional connections forged and the positioning of Heineken as a brand that resonates with people's hearts.

We are thrilled and proud to share this story, not to boast, but to celebrate the love and passion that made it all possible. And we're excited to journey forward to our new adventures-Ken with Heineken.
Tamar Andghuladze
,
Head of Digital
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