Vi Agroforestry

Emoji Turns Real

Agency: McCann


Vi Agroforestry is a Swedish charity organisation that fights poverty and starvation in eastern Africa – through tree planting. Like charity organisations all over the world, they collect money through text donations. The problem is that people need to text complicated SMS codes to make donations.
The use of emojis is the new global way to communicate. The Esperanto of the 21st century.
We decided it was time for a better, smarter and more user friendly solution than complicated SMS codes. So, we teamed up with a technical provider – in cellular technology – and made it possible to donate through texting the tree emoji. For the first time ever – an emoji got a real value. Each tree emoji you text is equivalent to a donation of 2 US Dollars – which is the sum Vi Agroforestry needs to plant a real tree in eastern Africa. You can send up to 25 emojis in one text message. The campaign was launched in social media. We also promoted the tree emoji on digital billboards in Stockholm.​

This professional campaign titled 'Emoji Turns Real' was published in Sweden in July, 2015. It was created for the brand: Vi Agroforestry, by ad agency: McCann. This Digital medium campaign is related to the Public Interest, NGO industry and contains 1 media asset. It was submitted almost 8 years ago.


Advertising Agency: MRM//McCann, Stockholm, Sweden
Art Director: Christian Soderholm
Copywriter: Fredrik Sundqvist
Account Director: Elin Hedensjo
Account Manager: Sofia Finnman-Larsson
Creative Director: Fredrik Hildebrand
Technical Provider: Cellsynt
Media Agency: The Amazing Society

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