Cannes Lions

Wood Milk

GALE, New York / MILKPEP / 2024

Awards:

2 Shortlisted Cannes Lions
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Background

Milk has faced decades of decline and dwindling cultural relevance. With intense competition from a whole new category of alternatives claiming to be Milk, we needed to revitalize its cultural presence.

Idea

To create conversation and debate, we created a fictional Alternative Milk called “Wood Milk,” with a famous Co-Founder, Aubrey Plaza. We launched this fictitious brand on all the channels you’d expect from a real brand; social, out-of-home, and through press and influencer outreach. We built DrinkWoodMilk.com, a bespoke ecommerce site, providing visitors with more information on “Wood Milk” and our “zero nutritional value” message, allowing them to purchase eco-friendly brand T-shirts.

Strategy

We introduced a fictional brand, “Wood Milk.” With alternative milks taking a more aggressive and competitive approach to their marketing, we decided it was time to make a statement and put milk back in popular culture. The fact that the alternative milk industry will make milk out of just about anything is a funny and relatable insight, no matter what you drink. We wanted to highlight that there’s only one OG: Dairy Milk.

Execution

We created “Wood Milk” handles across all social media platforms, and for launch day, we posted the announcement of this new beverage on Aubrey’s IG page, as any excited founder would do. This post sparked quick conversation and caught the attention of other celebrities in the comment section, including Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan. Within a week, our Instagram handle amassed 15k+ followers, and on X, we saw a growing squad of “Wood Milk” stans calling themselves #woodmilknation. As a fast follow-up to the increasing UGC we saw around #woodmilknation, we responded by rewarding our fans with #woodmilknation T-shirts and adding more momentum to the movement.

Outcome

In the end, some loved it, some hated it, but what's undeniable is that a LOT of people talked about it. Our “Wood Milk” campaign went viral, making milk culturally relevant with a remarkable 60% increase in milk-related social mentions. The film garnered over 77 million views and achieved a paid performance of 805% above the industry benchmark. Over 18,000 people followed our fake brand in just one week, sparking an organic social movement dubbed #WoodMilkNation, generating thousands of memes and social conversations. Capital Press noted: “‘Wood Milk’ is blowing up social media, which is exactly what dairy milk companies were hoping for.” The campaign amassed 2.6 billion earned impressions, leading to a historic 22% increase in cultural relevance among our target audience while also posing an important question: IS YOUR MILK REAL MILK?

“What’s next in your coffee? Salmon milk? Hot dog milk?” - The Wall Street Journal

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