Every year, 30 million Italians anxiously wait for the latest edition of the IKEA catalogue to arrive in their mailboxes.
In 2020, however, for the first time in history, the brand decided not to deliver it directly to people’s homes but to distribute it from IKEA stores.
Confessing the end of this deep-rooted ritual to Italians was almost unthinkable.
Therefore, DDB Italia came up with a special campaign: The UnCampaign, the first campaign designed to be ignored.
But also to be illegible, indecipherable, unattainable and unreachable, through the use of specially-chosen touch points and media: OOH positioned in the least frequented places in Italy, incomprehensible prints, ADV displays on the web’s least visited websites and social media done in reverse, with complete strangers used as Influencers and endless Instagram stories, all designed to be skipped.
A special video was made to communicate the sad news to the target audience, who were completely swept away by the campaign. And certainly amused.
In-store and site traffic increased dramatically, along with brand awareness.
All, with 0 million earned media impressions.