Ogilvy Philadelphia Friend in Philly

Philadelphia explores friendship in global purpose and positioning campaign

Created by WPP and Ogilvy UK, the global campaign celebrates authentic friendship moments

By Creative Salon

Cream cheese brand Philadelphia and creative agency Ogilvy have unveiled a new global brand purpose and positioning campaign.

The ‘Spread friendship’ brand positioning draws upon research by Ogilvy’s behavioural science team, bringing alive the insight that Philadelphia is seen as an inherently comforting and social way to connect - 'something that is always there for you whenever you need to create something simple and delicious'.

The emotive strategic positioning is brought alive in a 360 degree creative platform – 'You’ve Got a Friend in Philly'. Created by WPP’s All Star Team, led out of Ogilvy UK - and supported by INGO, VMLY&R Italy, and Ogilvy Madrid - the platform brings to life authentic friendship moments, launching with a hero film that shows a lifelong friendship, sustained by little moments of connection over bites of Philly. The spot - directed by Vince Squibb - is also supported by digital executions.

While the campaign will run across TV, Cinema, Social, Philadelphia is also spreading friendship with a new website, pan-European PR campaign, Influencer partnerships and design world. As part of the new design world, Ogilvy UK’s design team created a new stunning global typeface, identity system and art direction based on the idea that Philadelphia is a friend to food.

Derya Seyman, head of brand equity, Philadelphia Europe, Mondelēz International, said: “Ogilvy discovered that hidden in our namesake city of Philadelphia, among the letters, was something special. ‘Philia’ is an ancient word for the love we have for our friends. The Ancient Greeks thought this love was more important than romance or family, but modern life has stretched us thin, leaving our friendships deprioritised and millennials feeling lonelier than ever. Deeply rooted in its heritage, we all agreed that Philadelphia could remind people to break bread with their friends.”

Jules Chalkley, chief executive creative director, Ogilvy UK, said: “Friendships define us. But overwhelmed by devices, platforms and noise friendships are in crisis. It has never been more crucial to appreciate and celebrate those around us that make us feel seen, heard, sane, loved and cheerful. You’ve Got a Friend in Philly is a campaign for our chosen family, leveraging craft, creativity and science to create impact.”



Senior Director Marketing – Vanessa Harrer

Head of Philadelphia Equity & Strategy – Derya Seyman

Brand Equity Manager – Chiara Ziboni

Director, Strategy, Insights & Analytics - Krystyna Klimczak

Northern Europe Insights Manager – Ana Fernandez

Marketing Director - Kirsten McPherson

Senior Brand Manager - Raphael Capitani

WPP All Star Team

Dani O’Donnell – Managing Partner

Pumie Msengana – Client Partner

Lily Greenwood – Project Director

Phoebe Salter – Project Manager

Jules Chalkley – Executive Creative Director

Sam Cartmell – Deputy Executive Creative Director

Dave Towers – Design Executive Creative Director

Joe Glover – Designer

Jakub Hodbod – Chief Strategy Officer

Hannah Wren – Strategy Director

Ogilvy Consulting

Daniel Bennett – Consulting Partner

Ogilvy UK PR & Influence

Jenny McCoubrey – Managing Partner

Stephen Farrell – Influence Business Director

Katie Lassman – PR Business Director

Production Credits

Director: Vince Squibb

Production Company: Academy

Production Company Producer: Dave Birchall

Edit House: The Quarry

Editors: Paul Watts & Sam Jones

Edit Assistant: Christina Hill

Post Production: ETC

Colourist: Luke Morrison

Executive Producer: Olly Whitworth

Producer: Olivia Jessop

VFX Supervisor: David Filipe

Audio Company: Bark Soho

Audio Engineer: Markus Ffitch

Audio Producer: Emily Garaway

Music Supervision: David Bass @Theodore Music


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