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Cannes Lions 2019: Burger King Wins Big in Direct Lions; Claims Grand Prix with “Whopper Detour” by FCB NY

Who says Big Data has to be boring? If anything, Whopper Detour winning the Grand Prix award for this year’s Direct Lions at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity shows you can have both a data and humor-driven campaign.

The Direct Lions is an award focused at how campaigns creatively use targeted and response-driven initiatives.

The Whopper Detour Campaign cleverly makes use of data analytics, mapping, and geo-fencing technology, and is regarded by Burger King’s Chief Marketing Officer Fernando Machado as one of the defining campaigns they’ve made for the fast food chain.

Read about adobo magazine’s chat with him here.

By pointing out nearby Burger King branches to those driving through their competitors, the campaign actually broke foot traffic records and even saw millions of BK app downloads. And despite selling Whoppers at a discount, they were able to rack up sales as customers ended up buying more than just a burger.

This isn’t Burger King’s only win for the night either, winning several Gold, Silver, and Bronze Lions for the Direct category for campaigns such as Burn That Ad, and Craft a Western Whopper.

Other campaigns that won gold are the following:

  • “Street-vet” by McCann Paris for Purina
  • “ThisAbles” by McCann Tel Aviv for IKEA
  • “The Whopper Detour” by FCB New York for Burger King (2 GOLDS)“Burn That Ad” by DAVID Sao Paulo for Burger King

View and download the full list here.

Main Image from Cannes Lions 2019 via Twitter.

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