2017 Winner

Kimberly Clark / Huggies

No Baby Unhugged


Grand Prix

GoldChallenger Strategy

GoldGame Changer

SilverCreative Catalyst

SilverTurnaround Strategy

The challenge with the diaper category is that it is fraught with functional claims. Because Huggies’ competitor Pampers has clinical product performance demos and decades of hospital endorsement, the brand is typically the default choice for most new moms.

Hugs have always been a part of the brand’s DNA, creating emotional equity. Through consultation with the Canadian Association of Pediatric Health Centres (CAPHC), Ogilvy & Mather planners learned that hugs are much more than just emotional comfort. They regulate body temperature, strengthen the immune system and promote weight gain. Basically, hugs help babies thrive.

“No Baby Unhugged” was born out of this insight. The brand wanted new moms to understand and experience the power of hugs, so Ogilvy helped Huggies launch volunteer hugging programs in hospitals across the country.

Together with the CAPHC, the brand set up “No Baby Unhugged” hospitals where highly screened volunteers administered hugs to newborns (particularly those whose moms were still recovering from difficult births or who had to leave their newborn in the NICU to return home to their other children).

The first “No Baby Unhugged” hospital launched in 2015 and another two opened in 2016. The team chronicled the launch of the volunteer hugging programs and captured testimony from healthcare providers on the medical benefits of skin-to-skin hugs through two online videos,“What Happens Next” and “Generation of Huggers,” which launched on Mother’s Day.

In conjunction with pediatric experts, the brand created the world’s first Hug Plan, a birth plan centered around the power of hugs. The Hug Plan was promoted through a media tour, paid social, print, digital and a national Twitter party.

All efforts drove to Nobabyunhugged.com where Moms could learn more about skin-to-skin contact, download the Hug Plan and become a No Baby Unhugged mom (the brand also made a $5 donation to the hospital hugging program for every women who uploaded a photo of herself hugging her baby or pregnant belly).

It has tightened the focus on new moms, given that the lifetime value of one mom can be as high as $2,600 per child. Between March and August 2016, sales of Huggies Newborn Diapers increased by more than 16% and market share rose by more than two share points.

Online advertising achieved a click through rate as high as 12 times the industry benchmark. The campaign achieving more than two million likes, comments, shares and re-tweets on social media, and an engagement rate as high as 60%.

Brand: Kimberly-Clark (Huggies)
Agency: Ogilvy & Mather
Director, marketing and sales strategy: Michael Hurt
Planning director: Michelle Lee
Digital strategist: Robyn Hutman
IMP director: Mitch Faigan
Huggies brand team leader: Paul Scott
Sr. associate brand manager: Alicia Cameron
Social and digital marketing manager: Ali Ruffo
CCO: Ian MacKellar
ACDs: Chris Dacyshyn, Julie Markle
Group account director: Aviva Groll
Sr. account executive: Kennedy Crawford
Digital PM: Charmion Brathwaite
Media agency: Mindshare
PR agency: Veritas
Shopper marketing agency: Barrows
Production: Wilfred Park
Director: Lionel Coleman
Executive producer: Tuula Hopp
Editor: Mariam Fahmy
Music: Vapor

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