Challenge

Saudi Telecom Company (STC) has the biggest network and the widest coverage across Saudi Arabia, but was increasingly coming under pressure from competition in the telecommunications category from upstarts constantly trying outdo each other with claims of the 'best’, 'fastest' and 'biggest' network.

How could Saudi Telecom continue to demonstrate and reinforce its leadership in network strength and coverage and continue to engage audiences to advocate its network supremacy?

Inspiration

We explored the realities of network coverage and were reminded how vast, rich in culture and largely undiscovered the Saudi Kingdom is – with much of it unknown even to Saudis themselves. Much of Saudi Arabia is uninhabited, unseen and unreachable, which gave us the perfect opportunity to demonstrate how strong STC's network is even in remote areas. We set out to prove STC’s wider coverage by broadcasting live from the Kingdom’s vast outer reaches and uncover its hidden beauty, enabling Saudis to discover parts of their country even they had never seen before.

Idea

Our Saudi Arabia, US and Costa Rica teams launched a live demonstration of STC's network power, putting the remotest parts of Saudi Arabia on the map using a camel. 'Meet Sarha – The World’s First Content-Creating Camel' utilizes a Saudi icon to demonstrate how STC can go where no human has gone before. Sarha roams the vast Saudi desert, putting STC’s network through the ultimate test while also unveiling the unseen wonders of Saudi Arabia.

This combination between a primitive pachyderm and state-of-the-art technology enabled a renowned group of international photographers to connect remotely to a camera rig installed on Sarha's hump, using STC’s network to feed live data for optimizing their photography, which could then be shared on the campaign website and the data captured released on Instagram.

Growth

We not only strengthened perception of the power of STC's network, but increased it, which resulted in 400,000 incremental customers

Network strength is a key driver of brand equity and STC's brand equity index following the campaign increased to 6.6 over competitors, with 4.3 for Mobily and 2.0 for Zain.

Furthermore, our campaign film received almost 4.5 million total views and almost 310 million impressions. Social media conversations about Sarha resulted in +1600 posts and +1650 mentions.

All together the campaign achieved over $2 million in PR value.

Stc Meet Sarha

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Awards

Epica

Epica


Silver

Dubai Lynx 2022

Dubai Lynx 2022

Digital / PR


Bronze

Dubai Lynx 2022

Dubai Lynx 2022

PR


Silver

Dubai Lynx 2022

Dubai Lynx 2022

Mobile


Mobile Lynx Award

Dubai Lynx 2022

Dubai Lynx 2022

Design


Silver

Dubai Lynx

Dubai Lynx

Creative Strategy


Bronze

2022 Dubai Lynx

2022 Dubai Lynx

Digital


Bronze

2022 Dubai Lynx

2022 Dubai Lynx

Digital


Shortlist

2022 Dubai Lynx

2022 Dubai Lynx

Digital


Shortlist

2022 Dubai Lynx

2022 Dubai Lynx

Mobile


Shortlist

2022 Dubai Lynx

2022 Dubai Lynx

Outdoor


Shortlist

2022 Clio Awards

2022 Clio Awards

Digital/Mobile


Silver

2022 One Show

2022 One Show

Creative Use of Data


Merit

2022 One Show

2022 One Show

Integrated


Shortlist

2022 D&AD

2022 D&AD

Digital


Shortlist

2022 Caples Awards

2022 Caples Awards

Integrated


Gold

2022 Caples Awards

2022 Caples Awards

Innovation


Silver

National Addy Awards

National Addy Awards

Innovative Use of Interactive / Technology


Gold

National Addy Awards

National Addy Awards

Integrated Advertising Campaign


Gold

National Addy Awards

National Addy Awards

National Judge's Choice Award


Winner