Kleenex shows softer side

Screen Shot 2015-05-26 at 5.08.02 PMKleenex Facial Tissues has launched a new marketing campaign, urging Australians to find their “softer side” this winter.

The campaign, developed by J. Walter, unveils a new, masterbrand positioning for the entire Kleenex Facial Tissues range, and aims to break a common association with illness (particularly in the cold and flu season) and remind Australians that ‘what’s in the box’ matters at all life’s moments.

To communicate the message and inspire Australians to ‘Soften Up’ with Kleenex, ex-AFL footballer and notorious hard guy, Barry Hall, has been engaged as a hero soft advocate across the campaign.

Spearheaded by a series of three TVCs which show Hall unashamedly demonstrating strong emotions in three situations, the campaign also comprises of online video and social content and a large scale radio partnership, including radio street team activations in Sydney.

“Barry Hall was the perfect Australian tough guy to communicate the new brand point of view and make Kleenex Tissues synonymous with emotional softness, not just functional softness. He’s a real life ‘hard nut’ turned soft advocate, giving others permission to give in to their emotions and experience the benefits,” said J. Walter Thompson’s ECD, Simon Langley.

Kimberly Clark marketing sector lead, family care, Dominique Chandler, said the creative approach was driven by research that showed that Australians are a pretty tough bunch, with 71 per cent of Australians admitting to hiding their emotions.

“While there’s often a taboo around displaying too much emotion, we know from our research that being open can help us lead happier lives,”  Chandler said.

“As our country’s softest tissue, we want to inspire Australians to Soften Up, experiencing how good it feels for themselves, and for everyone it touches. We’re excited about Barry’s role in the campaign and this new position for the brand.”

Other ‘Soften Up’ campaign elements include PR, radio partnerships, brand activations, sampling, shopper, website refresh, and social support on owned channels.

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