How I Ended Up Running A $100,000 Campaign

In August this year I stumbled upon a contest called Bob’s Got No Idea. The brand behind the campaign was yet to be revealed and entrants were asked to submit an essay or video demonstrating some sort of creativity about advertising.

I initially dismissed it but at the last minute (reflecting back, somewhat gladly) decided to enter with this submission



This put me through to the next round where a group session would take place in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth. The morning consisted of some creative activities with a panel interview that afternoon. Here it was revealed to us that the brand was SupaShake, a milk drink you shake to make thicker. Three people were to be selected from around the country to become Flavour Crusaders, who would each be assigned a new flavour. Each Crusader would have to develop the strategy, creative and execution for a campaign to drive consumers to a website to vote on their favourite flavour and their favourite Crusader.

The flavour with the most votes would be put into production and the Crusader with the most votes would receive an additional $10,000 worth of prizes.

A few weeks later I got the call. I was one of three Flavour Crusaders selected. I pocketed $6,300 prize money, a new video camera and an amazing opportunity to head up a campaign for SupaShake.

Over the midsemester break I was put up in a hotel in Melbourne for what at that stage I only knew was a workshop. Tegan from Queensland and Andrew from Western Australia were also flown down where we were introduced to the Morph Marketing crew, the guys that would be helping us along the way.

The weeks consisted of an introduction to the industry, meeting some peeps from Clemenger BBDO and OMD, the development of a strategy, creativity and execution. On the Friday morning, we pitched to the client and the other heads at Fonterra.

Since then, I’ve been working with the client’s feedback, changing the campaign around, developing new ideas and finally, as of only a few weeks ago, settled on a campaign. The launch of the campaign is today. And the campaign is…

Zac won’t stop until Cookies ‘n’ Cream is on top.

As for what I’ve got planned, well I’m sure I’ll keep you updated over the next few months. Luckily for me, the launch is in Surfer’s Paradise on the Gold Coast for schoolies, so I’m heading up there for a week to kick things off.

And it goes without saying, I’d love for you to vote for me.

  • Em
    Posted at November 28, 2009 12:38pm, 28 November Reply

    rocky road is a better flavour though….

  • Jason Tsitsopoulos
    Posted at November 28, 2009 1:00pm, 28 November Reply

    I hate you

  • Jimmy
    Posted at November 28, 2009 7:34pm, 28 November Reply

    *thumbs up*

  • Anonymous
    Posted at November 28, 2009 9:30pm, 28 November Reply

    Zac why are you so proud to be a cheap prositute. It sonds like you are not een being paid well considering how much time you are investing in it?

  • kerja kosong
    Posted at November 28, 2009 11:56pm, 28 November Reply

    It does sound great. Can't wait to see another post of you. Regards,Jawatan kosong

  • Anonymous
    Posted at November 29, 2009 10:22am, 29 November Reply

    When you say "stumbled upon" you mean "heard about this through the Gen Y Marketing Podcast" right? 🙂

  • Nathan Bush
    Posted at November 29, 2009 5:58pm, 29 November Reply

    Nice one mate. Vote's in for your next move to be a full body wax. Good luck with that.

  • Daniel Oyston
    Posted at November 30, 2009 8:18am, 30 November Reply

    I'm with Bushy … I voted full body wax. I can't wait to see video of you saying "Hi, I'm Zac and I'm here for a back, crack and sack wax!"

  • Melissa
    Posted at November 30, 2009 10:24am, 30 November Reply

    Times 3 for the full body wax. Can't wait for the video of that one! You def got the best flavour too.

    Congrats too by the way

  • Zac Martin
    Posted at December 5, 2009 5:09pm, 05 December Reply

    @ Anonymous

    How many other 20 year olds do you know running a six figure campaign? That's why I'm proud!

  • im'mature
    Posted at December 13, 2009 8:47am, 13 December Reply

    I'd be worried if you don't win this one, Zac – the other two seem like lovely kids, but neither are as on-message about the product as you are. One can be best described as cheesy, and the other is more excited about events management than anything else; there's potential in the angles they've taken, but they just haven't hit the right notes there…

  • Marigo Raftopoulos
    Posted at December 23, 2009 7:49am, 23 December Reply

    Awesome achievement Zac! But your vid made me confused :- What if you're old AND don't listen to radio/watch TV/read newspapers AND read blogs/listen to podcasts/muzac on iPod/luv all things digital??

  • Jess
    Posted at August 20, 2012 12:17pm, 20 August Reply

    Zac! Look at how young you are in this!

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