Helsinki Freedom tells about the city’s freedoms through the eyes of five directors
For Helsinki, freedom means creating a life that looks like you, without compromises. In our campaign for Helsinki Marketing, five brilliant creators presented their takes on Helsinki Freedom to the world.
Objective: Helsinki needs more educated professionals from outside of Finland. What would it take to make the small and northern Helsinki look like an appealing hometown for foreign professionals, without large media investments?
Insight: To lead Helsinki’s international brand campaign, we chose a message about a new kind of freedom. People around the world yearn for freedom, which can on the other hand mean different things for each and everyone. In the strategy, we defined what freedom means especially for Helsinki and found out that with all its freedoms valued by modern people, it is in fact a safe haven for a new age. The freedoms that were chosen for the campaign were validated with data from an international consumer research.
Creative: So that the message about Helsinki as a safe haven for a new age would feel as believable as possible, we decided to build the campaign around a series of documentaries. Five awarded Finnish directors, Taito Kawata, Susani Mahadura, Ronja Salmi, Juho Kuosmanen and Virpi Suutari were tasked to, through a single habitant of Helsinki, tell a story about one of the chosen freedoms: freedom to find balance, freedom to feel safe, freedom to love, freedom to breathe, freedom to learn and grow.
Result: In total, paid media for the Helsinki Freedom campaign reached about 3 million people, and the videos were watched nearly 9 million times. Shared content in stakeholders’ own channels reached 4.7 million people. Towards the end of 2020, the Helsinki Freedom content generated all together nearly 65,000 views. Helsinki Freedom mini documentaries were watched on MyHelsinki’s IGTV channel, FB profile and MyHelsinki.fi over 668,000 times during November and December.
Helsinki Marketing Oy
April 23, 2021
To me, freedom is a value beyond measure. It is important that Helsinki can provide freedom in such a large scale at a time, when it’s far from granted. The Helsinki Freedom message has become known internationally and it positions our capital more strongly than before as a place for good living.
Anu Syrmä, Marketing Director, Helsinki Marketing Oy
Mikko Hakkarainen Creative Director
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Anu Partanen Director
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