Procter & Gamble Gives Thanks to Moms during the Olympics

If you’ve been watching any of the Olympics, then you have definitely seen the new Procter & Gamble advertisements. (the one with the little kids competing gets me every time!)

These cute and heart-warming ads took Procter & Gamble a lot of time, effort, research, and money!

I would like to tip my hat to them. The way everything connects and flows is astonishing!

They even continued the campaign on to the internet, where you can see additional videos of Olympic moms. In addition, you can go to their Facebook page and personalize your own “Thank You” card to your mom as well. Connecting with consumers on that personal of a level is what creates long-term loyal consumers.

Who wouldn’t want to send a “Thank You” card to their mom? And what mom doesn’t choke up or get “gitty” watching those little kid commercials. They not only make us appreciate what we have at home but also the athletes competing in London (creating more Olympic pride!)

The only minor downside, is how they are only targeting women. Procter & Gamble is known for making numerous cleaning supply brands and at-home products. I’ve heard several people make point on how their ads are fulfilling a “motherly stereotype.” (How moms just stay at home to cook, clean, and take care of the kids.) However, the tabloids have yet to make a backlash of it.

Nonetheless, the advertisements are still extremely effective. The little kids competiting commercial will remain in my top ten “Most Adorable Advertisements.”

Here’s to you, Procter & Gamble! A job well done!

Check out the article below by Cotton Delo on Ad Age to learn more about the Procter & Gamble Olympic campaign.

P&G Marketing Chief Touts Role of Facebook, Yahoo in ‘Thank You, Mom’ Campaign

Procter & Gamble is looking to generate $500 million in sales off its massive marketing push centered on Olympic athletes and their moms, and while it won’t know if it’s hit the mark until the fall, Global Brand Building Officer Marc Pritchard thinks they’re on track.

During a call from London yesterday, Mr. Pritchard was bullish about the effectiveness of online platforms such as Facebook and Yahoo, calling them “fundamental,” and characterized P&G’s Olympics effort as the attempt to build a “perfect storm” of TV, digital, social and PR activity around closely followed events. It spans 34 brands and 150 sponsored athletes, with the “Thank you, Mom” concept that was first executed during the 2010 Vancouver Olympics serving as “the glue that ties it together to do multi-brand activations within retailers,” he said.

Retailers that have activated the campaign with in-store displays tied to it have seen a 5% to 20% sales lift for P&G products in the three- or four-week Olympic merchandising period, he said.

Beyond its massive scope, what’s unique about the campaign is the volume of content created and how early it was rolled out, he said. (The rollout began online 100 days prior to the opening ceremony on April 18.) Mr. Pritchard spoke in particular of the “mom-umentaries” featuring Olympians’ mothers that have been distributed on TV but also online as sponsored content and video ads.

“What’s important from a marketing standpoint is the fact that part of our jobs as brand builders is to create content that people want to share,” he said.

Mr. Pritchard gave an example of how P&G sought to create the “perfect storm” during a recent beach volleyball match played by Americans Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh. Halfway through the third set, NBC aired a “Thank you, Mom” segment where Ms. Walsh praised her mother, which was followed by an ad from Pampers (Ms. Walsh’s sponsor) and then a P&G ad. Meanwhile, Facebook posts and tweets were being fired out to cheer them on.

To capitalize on the surge of interest around China’s Wu Minxia, a Pantene-sponsored athlete, P&G hosted her mother at the 3-meter springboard event and took photos of her as her daughter was winning gold. It then distributed them on the Chinese portal Tencent (which Mr. Pritchard called P&G’s “key partner” in the market) and the Twitter-like service Weibo.

Mr. Pritchard said that Facebook had been an early partner to launch the campaign when it began rolling out athletes’ and their moms’ video testimonials to start building momentum. It launched “Thank you, Mom” pages in 29 countries in April, which also included an app that guides users through the process of uploading family photos and writing messages to their mothers to be shared in their news feeds.

Mr. Pritchard declined to say how much P&G had spent on sponsored stories to promote its Facebook content. He also said that Yahoo was P&G’s biggest partner on the display and video ad front, in addition to hosting sponsored contents on its Team Mom blog.

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