Cannes Lions

The Internet Remembers


Presentation Image
Supporting Images
Case Film






The drinking culture of young Australians is a major societal problem.

While they’re choosing moderation more and more, 18–24 year old’s still remain the highest at-risk drinkers. 28% of them claim to drink 5 or more drinks on a regular occasion. And over half say they drink solely to get drunk.

In 2014, DrinkWise—Australia’s only trade body dedicated to alcohol moderation—launched a behaviour-change campaign aimed at 18–24 year old Australians: How To Drink Properly.

Rather than wagging a finger and telling young Aussies not to drink, it used crass but cutting humour to encourage them to drink ‘classy’: appealing to their desire to retain their well-crafted personal brand.

But this antisocial and reckless drinking behaviour continues.

And so, our objective was to make an ever bigger dent into the behaviour of a night out.



See the shit-facery you’d rather forget, come back to life in AR.

To prove the internet truly remembers, we immortalised the internet’s drunkest moments and housed them permanently online. Then brought them to life in the real world using a mobile-first augmented reality experience in key drinking hotspots.

Turning the two weapons of drunken, late-night incrimination—smartphone cameras and the internet—into cautionary tools of moderation education.

Tales like “Anna’s Xmas Party Projectile” and “Josh’s Porcelain Kiss”, were told by users scanning a code on a curiously empty, statuesque plinth (or coaster or poster) to bring to life a bronze digital statue and a posh-but-crass audio guide. As well as a little advice on how to avoid ending up in a similar situation.

Driving home that, long after the hangover has faded, the damage to your reputation will live on – immortal online and in memory.


We discovered that one particular tension struck a chord with younger drinkers: social risk. The thought that you could harm those all-important relationships with your mates or prospective partners.

39% of drinkers see ‘making a fool of myself’ as the biggest risk of excessive drinking, which is on par with short-term health effects, vomiting and not functioning the next day.

This risk of being seen as a “fool” is even thought of as worse than the long-term effects of excessive drinking.

This generation thinks you’re one bad Instagram story away from a ruined reputation. But after a few too many drinks, all those concerns go out the window. And smartphone cameras are whipped out first sight of an incriminating moment.

Our strategy was instead to interrupt young Aussies with a reminder about the risk and potential damage to their reputation drunk-posting can have – while they were actually out drinking.


One: Get Young Aussies Talking

On the 6th of December 2018 in the lead-up to the oft-regretted Christmas Party season, empty plinths with a message were scattered around key drinking precincts of Melbourne, Australia.

This was coupled with a PR push to get people talking about drinking in excess, supported with short-form films of key stories pushed out via Instagram stories and Facebook film.

Two: Place in High-risk Contexts

We got people to visit the activation sites through social media stories and posts. People on their way to a Christmas event could stop by and interact with AR “grog-horrors”.

Phase Three: Take it into new drinking occasions

We reminded people to drink properly in-situ with interactive posters and coasters were sent out to venues around Australia.

When waiting for a drink or chatting, people were able to scan codes on the back of coasters and interact with the AR statues.


THE INTERNET REMEMBERS got talked about in Australia pop culture.

634 individual media impacts across TV, online news, radio and traditional press.

Estimated earned reach of just under 4,000,000 Aussies.

Representing an estimated advertising value of $540,413.

Young Aussies were actively reminded that THE INTERNET REMEMBERS

Over 200 bars, clubs and pubs housed the coasters and posters.

812 people visited the activation sites, generally going out to dinner or a night out.

Over 6,500 site visits looking at 3 different ‘statues’ each session.

Majority of website visits occurring during drinking moments (7pm – 12am).

THE INTERNET REMEMBERS got young Aussies to slow down on a night out

Of those that were exposed to the campaign:

80% agree that it encouraged them to consider the consequences of excessive drinking.

And 36% intended to moderate their drinking on an occasion

Similar Campaigns

9 items

The Internet Remembers


The Internet Remembers


(opens in a new tab)