19: THE ‘WISH WE’D THOUGHT OF THAT’ AWARD (THE ‘Wish we’d thought of that’ AWARD)

Postpone your Birthday - Jupiler - Jupiler JPG
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Postpone your Birthday - Jupiler

Postpone your Birthday - Jupiler - Jupiler


Title of Entry: Postpone your Birthday
Brand: Jupiler
Product/Service: Jupiler
Client: Jupiler - AB Inbev
Entrant Company: BBDO Belgium
Creative Agency: BBDO Belgium
Live site URL: https://jupilerbirthday.be/
Account Executive: Quentin Donckerwolcke
Account Manager: Lore Desmet
Creative Director: Arnaud Pitz, Sebastien De Valck
Sector: N/A
Digital Strategist: Aurélie Russanowski, Jesse Donkor
Art Director: Ariane Floderer
Copywriter: Gilles André
Date of Release: 2020-03-31
Judging URL: https://awards.jupilerbirthday.be/en
Notes: Celebrating your birthday during lockdown due to COVID-19, that sucks. That means no party, no friend and no toast in real life to properly celebrate your birthday with the ones you love…

That’s why Belgium’s biggest beer brand, Jupiler, came to the rescue: inviting all Belgians celebrating their birthday during the lockdown to postpone it until after it!

How? On www.jupilerbirthday.be, Belgians born in March and April entered their real birthday date and proved it with their ID card. Then, they chose a new birthday date, after the lockdown.

As a gift, participants received 10 free pints of Jupiler to drink in their favourite bar, once the lockdown is over! So they can go celebrate with all their friends, making up for all the lost hugs and cheers. And they support the bar owners by doing so, as Jupiler pays them back all offered beers.


An easy way to give some hope to all the unfortunate people who were celebrating their birthday during lockdown. And a little glimpse at our post-COVID social life.


The activation was launched on March 31, 2020. In less than 24 hours, it hit an organic reach like Jupiler had never seen before in Belgium:
- 413K people reached (previous best post = 273k in a week)
- 6.3K comments (previous best post = 1.4k)

In total, Jupiler convinced 95.312 Belgians to postpone their birthday. That’s 13% of Belgian adults born in March & April. Among which more than 40.000 in less than 48 hours. Main national media talked about the activation, generating €458.597 of earned media. All this with zero media budget.

With 11.317 likes, shares and comments, and 99% of positive sentiment, it’s clear that Belgians were waiting for a positive brand communication in these unprecedented times.

Oh, and we almost forgot... AB Inbev liked the idea so much that they decided to run it as well in other markets: in South Africa (for Castle), Colombia (for Poker) and Canada (for Palm Bay).

Other Credits: Designers: Eric Leurquin, Piet Boeykens
Other Credits: Digital / UX Designer: Elena Haniotakis
Other Credits: Digital Development: Matthias Andriessen, Jonathan Pardon
Other Credits: Digital Project Director: Wouter Has
Other Credits: Long Copywriter: Martijn Beckers
Other Credits: Traffic Planners: Karine Uytterhoeven, Monique Van Moer
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