In the UK’s biggest April Fools’ digital out of home campaign to date, Hotels.com™ cult character Captain Obvious™ will unveil the brand’s avant-garde range of hotel-scented perfumes – Obviousl’eau.
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Creatives at Crispin Porter + Bogusky London have worked with their Hotels.com client to concoct four exquisite fragrances, which embody the perks that Hotels.com – the traveller’s obvious choice – offers its guest. Four executions parodying run-of-the-mill perfume ads - “Touche de Fresh Sheets”, “Essence de Breakfast Buffet”, “Whiff of Free Wifi” and “Eau de Free Toiletries” - will run in both subtle and full motion digital format for 24 hours across the UK, from Aberdeen to Southampton.
Olivia Adda, CP+B creative commented, “It’s brilliant being in a hotel. You’re uplifted and refreshed. And there are great aromas associated with those feelings: freshly starched linen, a full-English sizzling away, posh shampoo. Imagine you could bottle those smells, so you can feel like you’re in a hotel wherever you are…”
In a deal negotiated and brokered by media agency m/Six that leverages Clear Channel’s entire UK digital estate - close to 6,000 DOOH screens - this is the biggest April Fools’ DOOH activation in the UK. The campaign will generate over 7 million impacts in the single day it will be live. It is also the second time Clear Channel’s entire DOOH estate has been taken over by a single brand, following Camelot’s New Year’s Day campaign for The National Lottery this year.
The April 1st DOOH take-over is the latest in a list of digital plays for Hotels.com, including the award-winning ‘Skip Ad’ spots, and Christmas 2016’s ‘Obvious Charades’ played via a Facebook chatbot.
Vincenzo Bruno, Brand Manager EMEA for Hotels.com brand said, “The Captain Obvious character allows us to deliver on a basic message – we’re the obvious choice for online bookings – whilst also entertaining the public with a bit of tongue-in-cheek digital kookiness.”
Captain Obvious has for decades been a pop culture reference in the US, brought to life by Hotels.com in 2014 in the US market in the guise of a super fan – the Captain. Captain Obvious made his first appearance for the brand in the UK in 2016.
Ad Agency Creative Credits:
ECD: Dave Buonaguidi
Creatives: Olivia Adda, Bryn Jones-Walters
Head of Client Services: Charles Faircloth
Account Director: Tania Delamotte
Media Agency Credits:
Client Services Director: Mike Enness
Planning Director: Christian Dam