Eurobest

Happy Ramadan

SCHOLZ & FRIENDS, Hamburg / MCDONALD'S / 2023

Awards:

1 Bronze Eurobest
2 Shortlisted Eurobest
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Background

6 million Muslims live in Germany. 82% practice their faith on daily basis. During Ramadan, the majority experiences stress because of the high amount of food images that wallpaper the cities.

Idea

McDonald's focuses all its communication on the extraordinary temptation of its food. But during Ramadan, McDonald’s Germany made an exception. To show respect and support for the Muslim community, we only advertised tempting and delicious food after the sun set, the time when Muslims break their fast.

Strategy

Our target group was the 6 million Muslims living in Germany, for whom Ramadan is the most precious months of the year. To begin with, we investigated the validity of our campaign, asking whether it would be appreciated by the major representatives of the community. Once we had their OK, we realized the idea, eliminating food completely from our ads until Iftar. We used the power of our communication by taking our message to the main cities of Germany.

Execution

During Ramadan, we launched a digital OOH campaign that was perfectly synchronised with the sun. At sun rise, when Muslims must abstain from food, the delicious and tempting food items did not appear in our advertising. But when the sun set and every Muslim was permitted to eat again, the outdoor campaign revealed mouth-watering food photography.

Outcome

We do not have numerical results, but we have collected something much better. The campaign has received unanimously great feedback from religious representatives, like Burhanettin Dag, Theologian and Philologist at the Islamic Centre of Hamburg, as well as only positive reactions from both Muslims and non-Muslims living in Germany.

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