Ogilvy UK

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Battersea Cats & Dogs Home



Our work won multilple awards including 3 Bronze at the Cannes Lions Festival and 5 Golds at the Creative OOH awards.

The Challenge

The objective of the campaign was to highlight Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s continued mission to rehome its dogs, using innovative technology to engage emotionally with passing shoppers.


The idea involved using RFID technology and interconnected digital billboards to create a ‘stray’ dog that would follow our target audience around one of Europe’s biggest shopping centers. Leaflets with wafer thin RFID tags embedded within them were handed out to shoppers, the RFID tags made them ‘discoverable’ by sensors around the shopping center, this then triggered Barley, an ex-Battersea dog, to appear on multiple interconnected digital screens as the target passed them.

Code was written to ensure that the correct video was served according to various factors; such as the direction the person was passing, if they’d passed it more than once and how many screens they’d passed. This to create a truly tailored experience. The final video served pointed them back to their leaflet which drove to the – microsite and #LookingForYou Twitter feed, constantly updated with homeless dogs.

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