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Campaign Spotlight: These billboards are built with old and broken tech parts to promote ‘Cash for Trash’

LONDON, UK — UK leading tech retailer Currys has devised a disruptive outdoor campaign with a special build full of old and broken tech. Created by creative agency AMV BBDO and media agency Spark Foundry, the innovative billboard launches the retailer’s Cash for Trash initiative.

Interactive special build billboards have appeared in London, Leeds, and Manchester full of old and broken tech which passers-by can grab on the way past. The out-of-home (OOH) site promotes Currys’ Cash for Trash, an initiative that gives people a minimum of £5 for any old, broken, or unused technology they bring into the store.

Reactions will be filmed as people pick up items such as a broken toaster or an old mobile, but discover how much it’s worth. With permission, the footage will be shared on social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter.

Currys is the UK’s largest tech recycler, recycling 65,000 tonnes of tech every single year, saving 800,000 tonnes of tech from going to landfill since 2007. By providing customers with an opportunity to save money when buying new tech, the company also aims to raise awareness about tech recycling in some of the cities with the highest levels of e-waste in the country.

“We’ve brought back Cash for Trash, as we know that despite rising inflation, people still have items hoarded at home they could exchange for monetary incentivesm,” said Corin Mills, head of brand, comms & planning at Currys.

“This special build allows us to shout about our range of initiatives in an innovative way and give passers-by an opportunity to take items into store for a voucher. As well as Cash for Trash, we’ve just launched Price Lock and 12-Month Pay Delay, meaning customers can shop with the confidence we’re offering them the best prices and pay how they wish.”

AMV BBDO Creative Directors Jeremy Tribe and David Westland added, “We wanted to create an element to the campaign that would be properly disruptive and genuinely helpful. These specially built billboards showcase Currys’ Cash for Trash offer in a fun, engaging way, but they also draw attention to Currys’ extensive recycling capability and put e-waste on the public agenda.”

Currys’ series of inflation-busting offers was introduced by the retailer earlier this month to help Brits tackle the ongoing cost of living crisis. Along with Price Lock and Cash for Trash, Currys is providing a new 12-Month Pay Delay, which gives shoppers time and space to pay for the essential tech they need. These were supported by a campaign from AMV BBDO and Spark Foundry including radio, social and digital.

Client: Currys
Campaign title: Cash for Trash
Client name: Corin Mills
Creative Agency: AMV BBDO
CCO: Nicholas Hulley and Nadja Lossgott
Creative Director: Jeremy Tribe and David Westland
Creative Team: Julia Merino and Ricardo Porto
Agency Planning Team: Matt Hardisty
Agency Account Team: Alex Bird, Jonny White and Rebecca Grapiglia
Agency Producer: Sarah Beastall
Media Agency: Spark Foundry
Experiential Production Company: Energy
Social Content Production Company: Flare Production
PR agency: M&C Saatchi

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