Global technology company, Double Robotics, wanted to launch into the Australian and broader Asian markets with its double telepresence robot. Awareness was extremely low, as was the budget. The company wanted to generate buzz around the brand, with a secondary objective of generating leads.
Insight: Absolute relevance and entertainment drive fanaticism. So we set about finding a fanatical global event to leverage.
We identified the launch of the iPhone 6s and developed an idea to add relevance and entertainment to those fixated on the event. We wanted to piggy-back on the event in a unique way that made consumers and the media welcome us, and our robot. To add a human element, we focused on Lucy, the girl behind the device.
‘Lucy the Robot’ was born – we placed the humanoid robot outside the George Street Apple store in Sydney to line up for the global release of the iPhone 6s. The device waited in queue for two days, and was controlled remotely by Lucy, who added much needed personality. The campaign was driven by outreach, branded content marketing, search marketing and social media. We targeted both consumer and business media, as the campaign had both B2C and B2B components. A microsite was developed to funnel sales leads.
Over a 48 hour period, the campaign was covered globally in over 4,000 news stories, and generated $44m in sales opportunities. The robot was first out the door of the Apple store, meaning the first iPhone 6s was bought by a robot.