It seems WhatsApp — the free international texting and chat app that was featured in a recent Katy Perry video — is the place to be for teens. Israeli chocolate brand Klik understandably wants to get in front of this demographic. But since WhatsApp doesn’t have ads, Klik worked its way in through the back door. It built its own game to play on the platform.
With the help of agency Great Interactive, Klik created a Simon Says-style game called “Klik Says” just for WhatsApp. In order to launch the game, players have to add Klik’s number, listed on Facebook, as a contact. Once fans added Klik, the game could begin. Like in “Simon Says,” Klik asked fans to carry out actions, starting each command with “Klik says …” For example Klik asks a fan to grow a mustache, and she messages back with a picture of herself holding up a doodle of a mustache over her mouth.
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According to Klik, more 2,000 have teens added the brand on WhatsApp and 91 percent of them completed their Klik Says tasks. The Klik Says initiative also created buzz on Facebook, resulting in almost 1 million impressions for Klik Says content. Engagement rate for Klik increased by 51 percent on Facebook.
This isn’t the first time a mobile app has asked consumers to add a brand to their contacts. Acura recently used popular mobile app Snapchat to give fans a sneak peak of its new car model. Taco Bell also tried its hand at Snapchat. Expect to hear more about WhatsApp as other brands climb on board.
Check out the Klik Says case study video to get a sense of how the game works (and the Katy Perry video with WhatsApp is just below, you know, just in case you need to see it):
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