Cannes Contenders: Meerkats, Perth

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How will Australia perform at Cannes this year? In the lead up to the Festival, Campaign Brief will be showcasing the work we hope will impress the judges…


6PR: #smashastrawb
Meerkats, Perth
In late 2018, the $500 million Australian strawberry industry was rocked by individuals planting sewing needles in strawberries. Overnight, the strawberry industry became unsustainable. Everyone wanted to help our Aussie farmers, but every few hours brought forth a new scare. Along with Gareth Parker from 6PR, we decided it was time to fight back.

We smashed out a radio and social PR campaign, asking Aussies to post their favourite strawberry recipes and bakes with the hashtag ‘#smashastrawb”. The story exploded faster than we ever could’ve predicted. Finally, there was an answer to the crisis that people could rally around.

National and international press immediately credited the grassroots campaign with a rebound in strawberry prices, and ran our hashtag in headlines and broadcast media, continuing the growth.

The results did nothing short of saving the Australian strawberry industry (with wholesale farm gate value up to $148 million for 2018/19, an 8% fall that was significantly less than the 50% drop at the height of the crisis), and captured the imagination of the country during one of the most significant food crises in our history.

Cannes Contenders: Meerkats, Perth

St John WA: Tiny Tots First Aid
Meerkats, Perth
All parents know how dangerous common household products and items can be for their kids. But they’re so familiar it’s easy to become complacent. We want to demonstrate how kids see these common hazards: not as scary threats to be avoided, but as tempting treats to be enjoyed. By cutting through the regular radio noise, we can shake parents out of their apathy and get them to think more seriously about taking a St John Tiny Tots First Aid course.