K18 Salon Experiential Marketing Campaign

10 Million

Billboard Impressions

2,000

Product Sample Give Aways

5 Salons

total number of salons visited in 1 day

K18

The Client

About the Client

K18, a new hair product that repairs damaged hair and brings it back to a like-new state. It uses biology-based research to approach haircare and looks at damage as temporary, not permanent.

CAMPAIGN GOAL

Connecting Customer with Salons that carry K18

K18 rolled out its haircare brand to salons with a one of a kind experiential campaign. The product is also available direct to consumers, and K18 wanted to promote this availability to the people who need it most — the style-conscious influencers across Los Angeles, who understand and appreciate good hair products.

The campaign had to balance the presentation of information in a cool way. K18 is backed by 10 years of scientific research, including genomic study. But it’s also a hip brand with a unique attitude and personality that appeal to young people. A K18 campaign had to be fun and funny as well as informative

K18 Billboard and Ice Cream Truck
CHALLENGES

Targeting Hip Local Salons

K18 wanted to cut through and reach customers where they consume.  The best opportunity here was to go to where the products are used by professionals and that was at the local hip salons.

CAMPAIGN SOLUTION

A Ice Cream Truck Tour of Hip LA Salons

DASH TWO brought the K18 brand to Los Angeles using an irreverent tone perfect for Los Angeles residents who see ad campaigns every day and only pay attention when something different pops up. An approach combining two media seemed to work best: Billboards and a cheerful, brightly colored truck distributing samples on the ground. We also threw in a social media element because, well, that’s a must these days.

The billboards included snappy phrases to draw people’s attention and drive branding for K18, things like:

“We’re up and coming. You like that kind of thing, right LA?”
“We see your juice cleanse and raise you a different kind of healthy. Healthy hair.”
“Change your hair like you change your clothes (looking at you Geminis).”

The boards also featured signature catchphrases for the brand, such as “We’re on a crusade to liberate haircare.”

SOCIAL ELEMENT

Mass Reach

K18 aimed to raise brand awareness and give out samples to the people most likely to use them. This meant combining two different types of out of home advertising.

Just getting people familiar with the brand wasn’t enough. Because seeing is believing, we invited them to use K18 and see how effective it was. We also wanted the campaign to appeal to feature visual appeal, as sharing on Instagram is crucial to spreading the word about new products appealing to Gen Z.

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IMPLEMENTATION

Dash Two worked with 72andSunny, Overall Murals, and Atomic Props on the campaign.

K18 placed seven billboards throughout West Hollywood in July and August, targeting places where peopleare most likely to use its products, including:

A truck also drove around on August 19 and 20 handing out popsicles, products and other freebies to people throughout West Hollywood. K18 advertised the dates and locations for the K-Pop Truck on Instagram and promised free samples to anyone who stopped by. People who snapped pictures of the billboards and posted them on Instagram, tagging @K18Hair, received an entry in a contest to win a year-long supply of free hair products, too.

RESULTS & ENGAGEMENT

Placement of the mural outside a dog park led to exceptional outcomes.

The campaign was a huge success, generating over 10 million impressions across Los Angeles. More than 2,000 people took home samples from the truck and enjoyed K18-branded popsicles. We also reached people through a K18 Instagram post informing people of the campaign, garnering thousands of impressions and more than 500 likes.

10 Million

Billboard Impressions

2,000

Product Sample Give Aways

5 Salons

total number of salons visited in 1 day

*According to Geopath
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TAKEAWAYS

Unique, Fun, Successful

We know something will succeed when we have this much fun pulling it together! This campaign combined two of the things we do really well — outdoor advertising and collaborating with other teams to make something happen. Months after the campaign finished, it was still getting mentioned on advertising blogs, earning the attention of outlets like AdWeek, and receiving OBIE honors because the idea was so unique.

“This campaign offered the perfect balance between style and substance. It combined eye-catching creative with a QR code that generated action. And watching all those dogs explore and sample all the toys was hilarious. They were in heaven!”

-Gino Sesto, Founder, DASH TWO
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