The challenge was to transform a small Asian group of 7 hotels into a global luxury brand leader with a global media spend of only $5 million.
The ‘Fan’ campaign for Mandarin Oriental broke the mold of luxury hotel advertising. Rather than focusing on the product, it developed a strategy based on the rich and the famous, who could afford to stay anywhere, chose Mandarin Oriental.
This naturally led to an endorsement campaign, and whilst using celebrities is not new, the challenge with most celebrity campaigns is that people remember the person not the brand. The creative leap for this campaign was to link the headline “I’m a fan” with the brand’s fan logo.
The other unique aspect of the campaign was LONDON Advertising’s demand for authenticity, so only people who are genuine fans of the brand are featured. The Agency has been able to secure 100 of the world’s most renowned individuals to appear in the campaign without paying any of them to take part. We even reunited the Beatles to take part in the campaign.