Watching ads for charity: Unilever expands ethical ad tech to Instagram

11/11/2019

Unilever is taking its ethical ad tech’ experiment to Instagram, donating half its ad revenue to a viewers’ charity of choice.

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The FMCG giant has already tested the format with its brands on traditional publisher sites. This included campaigns for Knorr and Lynx using asd tech provided by partner Good Loop.

Now, Unilever is running the format on Instagram where its Dove brand will run a series of ads within Instagram Stories.

Each time someone watches the ad to the end, they will see a swipe up link where Unilever will make a donation to either the United Nations’ ‘UN Women’ body or the local Dove Self-Esteem Project.

It comes as part of its new campaign, launched last week, to spread the message that there is no normal when it comes to how underarms look.

“The extension of our Unilever partnership to the Instagram environment is hugely exciting, not least because it’s testament to our ability to connect charitable donations with digital advertising at scale,” said Amy Williams, co-founder and chief executive of Good-Loop.

“Good-Loop is all about harnessing the power of doing good to make advertising more impactful for the brand and more positive for the consumer – and we’re so excited to be breaking new ground alongside Instagram and Unilever”.

Three-year-old Good-Loop said advertisers that use its tech see near-double engagement rates for their ads. To date, the firm has raised over £0.5m for charity to date and is on target to reach £5m by 2022.

The Co-operative Bank recently embraced the technology through its media agency Hearts and Science, which said if it delivers would be rolled out to other clients.

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