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Top 6: October 22nd 2014
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World Animal Protection: Ever Wanted To Ride An Elephant?

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Top 6: October 22nd 2014
BBH London has launched an innovative, self-sustaining global campaign for World Animal Protection, the charity formerly known as WSPA (World Society for the Protection of Animals). Every day, animals suffer in the name of entertainment and right now, thousands of tourists are searching online for wild animal attractions such as elephant rides or tiger selfies unaware of the abuse that takes place behind the scenes. The new campaign, ‘Before they book’, targets tourists who are searching for these types of animal attractions online. Crucially, it aims to intercept them right before they book by educating them on the truth behind the scenes.

‘Before they book’ applies Google search to target tourists whilst they are looking for animal entertainment activities. At face value, it appears to serve up what they are looking for - a tour operator company. However, it soon becomes apparent that all is not as it seems when the fake tour site,, directs visitors to watch a short film for more information about the elephant riding tours offered. The smiling guide casually explains to the viewer how working elephants are tortured behind the scenes, her smiling face sharply contrasting with the brutality she is describing, before the film ends with the World Animal Protection logo and call to action: ‘Let tourists know the truth beforetheybook’.

After watching the film, visitors are driven to the microsite where they can view live data about how many people are searching for elephant rides, and how many people have been educated about the reality of animal entertainment by watching the film on the site.

Visitors to the site are encouraged to donate to help educate others by making sure that the site is the first Google search result they see. Donations fund the Google search campaign so that the more people who donate, the more people can be educated. The tourists who were the issue, now become part of the solution.

The campaign is being supported with paid seeding, YouTube pre rolls, social media activity and PR. It also targets animal lovers, to help spread the word to tourists
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BBH Strategist: Damien Le Castrec

BBH Business Lead: John Harrison

BBH Team Director: Krista Nelson

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