Unilever Tunisia/ Axe

The Multiple Girlfriends App

How to bring to life the Axe Effect on social media?

Unilever asked us to drive awareness for Axe by engaging with young Tunisian men and bring the Axe Effect to life.
  • The Challenge

    Our mission was to drive awareness for Axe by engaging with young Tunisian men and bring the Axe Effect to life. Considering the advertising restrictions related to a Muslim country and the massive uplift of Facebook accounts in Tunisia over the last 6 months, we proposed to activate the Axe Effect digitally and run the campaign on Facebook. We therefore needed to create something playful that could spread and live its own life.

  • The Solution

    We combined a typically Tunisian male characteristic - bragging about how many girls one can line up - and the famous Facebook Relationship Status. And twisted it around to the brand's advantage by creating the Axe Effect application. A simple app which pimped the individual relationship status significantly by adding virtually tenth or hundreds of women. When one uses the application, a special Relationship Status appears on his wall, announcing he's engaged to a huge number of girls instead of one. By clicking on the status, curious friends are redirected to the Axe page where they can use the same application.

  • The Results

    We used the power of Facebook to bypass advertising restrictions in Tunisia. The application spread worldwide via newsfeed, profile pages, comments and likes. We got our target audience to promote personally the Axe Effect by simply twisting a Facebook function. 45000 new users per month, over 5000 blog posts, 4500 news and 4000 forum mentions. Within only 6 weeks, the application had generated over 1 million web hits, becoming one of the most used digital activation tools for Unilever in recent years.