Category: Advertising, UI/UX Design
For: Humber College
Group Members: Daniel Min, Eden Bingioba
Challenge: Reposition a Canadian Brand that is known to be struggling.
Audiences have an initial thought (prejudice) of Dollarama having low-quality products, and knock-off products which have constantly lowered their brand image. The current target market of Dollarama is everyone who needs to bring something back home, generally 23-40 year old females with young children, shopper of household who appreciate good prices. We want to work on changing this “perceived thought” of some people by justifying quality doesn’t deﬁne happiness, and move towards them emotionally. We want to portray everyone purchasing goods in Dollarama has a unique experience of happiness that differs from everyone. (kids happy with a small toy ﬁgurine, to a elderly happy buying a picture frame which will hold his grandchild’s photo.) Dollarama products may lack in quality but it still delivers the emotion of happiness to them.
The OOH poster will be placed inside local malls (malls with Dollarama in them), bus shelters (preferably nearby a Dollarama Store), these locations are high foot-traffic area of our Target market. The OOH poster with Paint Roller can be placed in these locations but can also be placed on buildings, playing also the role of an ambient ad as it is placed on somewhere that can or was “renovated”. This speciﬁc, creative execution on a unique placement will bring more attention. All of the 3 posters will have an indicator top-right corner of showing the distance to the nearest Dollarama store, the feature will alert the audience and may persuade them to visit the store. (This may soften the problem of many brick and mortar stores losing foot traffic due to increase in trend of online shopping). This also means that these posters must be carefully placed according to their distance values (50m, 75m, 85m) to prevent any confusions.
The Print Ads (Same creatives as the OOH posters but in different size) will be placed in Canadian magazines circulating in Canada, more speciﬁcally Maclean’s, NOW, Toronto Life. These magazines are well-known among Canadians and is in top 10 by circulation count. This traditional way of advertisement will reach niche audiences, they are known to be alternative magazine that covers news, cultures, arts and entertainment. Unlike niche magazines such as Sports Illustrated (male-oriented), Vogue (female-oriented). All these magazines aren’t speciﬁc toward one gender and covers general audiences (demographics, culture) which this campaign aims to promote.
We are certain this campaign will be successful helping to solve Dollarama’s problem of having the negative image to audience as providing low-quality products, and knock-off products. To turn this around, we have decided to persuade the concept that Happiness can vary from people to people, and low quality does not necessarily mean you can’t be satisﬁed or happy with the purchase. In our creatives (OOH ads, Print ad), we have followed a ﬁll-in-the-blank approach, we created a template (backdrop) with ﬁxed part of tagline that recurs in all 3 ads. (Happiness is...), a blank space (portrayed by underline) be ﬁlled with the person’s factor of happiness (using Lollipop example, the “person” is 11 year old boy named Christopher and his happiness is Lollipop from Dollarama). We have used a neutral sans-serif font Poppins for all the recurring information (Tagline, Call-to-Action) to portray template’s consistency. The blank space was ﬁlled by “Christopher’s” very own handwriting and his age and name was also present using same font. The personiﬁcation creates a caring, warm personality of Dollarama and conveys each product is “matching” the person.