MullenLowe MENA FZ LLC

The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives
"The World’s Tallest Donation Box"

Client: The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives
Product: The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives
Title: The World’s Tallest Donation Box
Media: Outdoor / Social Media
Country: United Arab Emirates
Date Of Campaign: 2nd May 2020

Background: In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic when millions were losing their jobs, those that needed our help most were forgotten and left to suffer. As charitable donations plummeted on a globally, the billions that would normally have been donated to the needy; had simply dried up and millions were unable to receive the support they required to live. In the UAE, those most affected by this backlash were the hundreds of thousands of low-wage workers, whose income is vital in putting food on the table. We answered an ordinary food donation brief from an NGO, where our challenge became to encourage donations at a time where charity had never been closer to home. The reality was that the world had stopped donating. We created a unique donation mechanic, unlike anything seen before, with an objective to capture people’s attention and, ultimately, turn a charitable cause into worldwide entertainment.

Idea: Strategy The idea was both simple and elegant. What if we could light up the smiles of those most affected by COVID-19 (those on low incomes, who’d lost their jobs and couldn’t afford to feed their families) by individually lighting up (and selling off) each of the 1.2 million lights that illuminate the façade of the Burj Khalifa? ‘The World’s Tallest Donation Box’ achieved exactly this. We invited the public to purchase and illuminate all 1.2 million LEDs on the world’s tallest building for as little as AED 10 (USD 3) each.Implementation The World's Tallest Donation Box was a multi-faceted and highly-innovative digital campaign that leveraged the power of modern technology, cross-channel marketing techniques and a unique online donation mechanic to provide 1.2 million meals to those most affected during the global pandemic, while utilising the Burj Khalifa's light display in a way never seen before. Over seven days, strategic digital and offline promotion, including the use of social media, influencer marketing, TV and radio, drove doners to the initiative's specially-developed microsite, which displayed the 1.2 million pixels for sale – each representing a light and a meal. Once donors had selected and purchased their lights, the site's back-end pushed updates to the Burj Khalifa's display servers in real-time, which lit the world's tallest building's lights in a gleaming display of hope and solidarity. By illuminating all1.2 million lights, the initiative aimed to bring hope into lives of 1.2 million people, unsure of where their next meal was coming from. In addition, the website also displayed thousands of messages of solidarity and hope from people across the globe, in support of the inspiring initiative.

Results: The campaign was expected to reach its target within one month of launching. In just seven days, all 1.2 million lights were sold, thanks to the generous donations from people of 110 nations and many global brands including Amazon, McDonalds, Unilever, Atlantis Resorts, VISA, West Zone, Tristar Group, Chalhoub Group. What started as a tall ask, quickly became a shining example of human generosity, with USD 3.3 million raised in food aid and just over 1.2 million meals donated. The initiative was covered over 400 times by news outlets, worldwide, and reached a staggering 4.3 billion people.USD 3.3 million raised in 7 days1.2 million lights illuminated 1.2 million meals donated166 countries reached 110 donor countries 4.3 billion media reach1000+ online articles 400+ TV News stories worldwide 500 + Radio175 million video views3 million+ website visits in 7 days USD 6.7 million in free marketing

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