Client: Penguin Random House
Product: Penguin Books
Category: Arts & Education
In the world of mobile devices and social media, the art of reading books is losing ground. When people begin to read a book, they commonly put it down and don’t finish it. Penguin Books in Brazil decided to address this problem by expanding the book market. The idea was to use mobile technology to give books a voice on social media, encouraging digital readers to return to paper. Penguin Books created the "Tweet for a Read" campaign in Brazil to promote its brand in order to bring readers back to their books.
Penguin Books is one of the most respected publishers in the world. Penguin wanted to use social media to expand the paper book market in an attempt to bring readers back to books. The target audience for the Tweet for a Read" campaign was everyday readers, especially those who change their reading habits for other options, like surfing the Internet and spending hours on social media. What Penguin aimed to do was to convince sporadic readers to return to their books and continue reading.
Would Penguin be able to give paper books a fighting chance?
The idea was to give readers a voice on social media, bringing digital readers back to hardback and paperback books. To achieve this goal, Penguin developed a wearable bookmark that sends a tweet to readers to remind them to return to their books every time more than a week goes by without their opening them.
The wearable bookmark is equipped with a timer, a light sensor on the bottom and a nanocomputer with a wifi chip on the top. Every time the book is closed, the sensor detects the blackout and starts a countdown. If the book isn’t opened after a week passes, the nanocomputer logs onto a wifi network and sends a tweet to the reader featuring excerpts from the book. Since social media in Brazil is mainly accessed via smartphones -- close to 80 percent of all social media access -- the tweets reached readers right in their pockets. The bookmark kept sending new tweets until the book was opened again.
With no media spend, Penguin created a strategy focused on creative activation, accomplishing big results with free media and coverage. Ultimately, the message crossed borders and spread across the world.
Below are the results of the campaign: