Memac Ogilvy Dubai

Al Futtaim IKEA
"Buy With Your Time"

Client: Al Futtaim IKEA
Product: IKEA
Title: Buy With Your Time
Media: In-store activation
Country: United Arab Emirates
Date Of Campaign: December 18, 2019

Background: IKEA’s stores are not like any other furniture stores; they are a destination in itself. Singles, couples and families make a devoted commitment to go there specially that they’re located far away from the city centres. IKEA takes this brand loyalty seriously and in fact, the motivation for opening Dubai’s second store was so that customers living nearer to Jebel Ali would not have as far to travel for their IKEA shopping experience. In addition to thanking their customers with a brand-new store, IKEA wanted to reward them with a distinctive brand experience for all the time and effort they have invested over the years getting to IKEA’s first store instead of seeking out convenient alternatives.

Idea: We saw an opportunity to reward IKEA’s loyal customers who previously made the trip by turning the effort and time they went through to get there into a strength. By leveraging Google Maps timeline, we created a brand activation that converts time spent to make a trip to IKEA stores into a currency that allows people to buy IKEA products based on the average salary* of people living in Dubai. This worked through Google Map’s timeline function that records past routes taken, where customers were able to show how many minutes they had spent on previous IKEA trips and this accumulated time was converted into a currency that allows them to spend on IKEA products.*(

Results: The activation resulted in 30% increase in store footfall compared to our KPI in one day.

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