Game of Thrones

Background & insight

Our work began in 2011; shifting the emphasis from traditional advertising to a comms model built for news feeds and phone screens. We use content to deliver a more comprehensive and multi-textured story that evokes the feeling of being in Ireland rather than just showing it.

The best example is the opportunity we identified to promote Northern Ireland via an unprecedented partnership with HBO & Game of Thrones (GoT).

The challenge

Tourism Ireland couldn’t use the GoT assets directly. We needed to find a way to leverage the partnership and attract footfall, by connecting GoT with Northern Ireland.

The living idea

Northern Ireland is Game of Thrones Territory.

Where it lives

The content-led campaign taps into the Game of Thrones global fan base creating a whole new army of brand advocates and making it the go-to-destination for fans. 

In 2016, we turned fallen trees from shoot locations into 10 intricately carved pub doors. In 2017, we immortalised every scene from season 7 in a 90m long tapestry. In 2018, using fan search data, we identified the world’s most talked about GOT moments and turned them into beautiful stained-glass windows.

What it meant for the brand

The multi-award winning campaign has been a real game changer - the most successful, ever, for Tourism Ireland. Visitor numbers are up by almost 20% with one in every six visitors coming just for Game of Thrones.

19.7%
increase in number of visitors to Ireland since 2014
€77m
in earned media alone
€251m
increase in revenue

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Tourism Ireland - Game of Thrones

Leveraging a unique partnership to drive fame and tourism for the country.

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