Brand-funded Documentaries for The BBC
Capitalise on Olympics fever to promote tourism in Japan, host of the 2020 Games.
The Japanese National Tourist Office (JNTO) knew that Tokyo’s upcoming role as Olympics host city provided a timely hook for promoting tourism in Japan. To reinforce this link, they engaged Olympic Gold winner Donovan Bailey as the presenter for a series of films exploring the diversity and excitement of Japan as a tourist destination.
The BBC were keen to move away from a purely documentary style approach. Although this style of this film captures the energy and sense of a place, it did not lend itself to encouraging direct response from viewers. Our challenge was to blend authentic, engaging editorial content with a strong brand message.
Create a narrative hook that directly addressed the viewer.
“That’s my Japan. What’s yours?” became the narrative hook for each of Donovan’s stories. This was designed to make the audience engage with the idea of visiting Japan while enhancing the authenticity of Donovan’s interest in the country from when he previously trained and competed there.
Each film showcased a different area of Japan, with a distinctly different look and feel for each; ranging from the peace and tranquillity of Koyasan to the pace and energy of Tokyo. While enhancing the theme of Japan’s diversity as a tourist destination, this content also increased opportunities for advertising targeting and messaging.
In addition to the two main videos for use by the JNTO, we also provided a number of reversions for specific formats. This included two 30-second commercials for BBC Asia and America and two 15-second pre-roll ads for the BBC’s online video content.
Donovan Bailey takes the viewer on a journey into his Japan
15-second edits ran as pre-roll ads on the BBC website
Watch: Donovan Bailey’s Tokyo
Watch: Donovan Bailey’s Koyasan
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