TALLINK: COMPLAINTS BOOTH

CONVERTING THE GENERAL MOOD OF DISCONTENT INTO SALES

Our client Tallink has a constant need to fill the 22-hour cruises that operate daily. To the general audience, the cruises are a perfect getaway, offering shopping, partying, dining, visiting Tallinn and just kicking back, all in a neat package that takes less than 24 hours.

Our insight was based on the fact that the Finnish people love to nag about everything. Especially now, when the economy is less-than-perfect, the politicians break their promises and the country entered the 5 month period of darkness and cold weather, people had more reasons to complain. We decided to leverage this and turn complaints into happier people, by giving people a chance to vent and maybe be rewarded with a cruise in the process.

The Complaints Booth was launched with a video invitation, spread in social media and on video platforms. 

 Some of the early planning phase schematics, mapping out the needed parts and functionalities.

Some of the early planning phase schematics, mapping out the needed parts and functionalities.

 Designing the placement and size of rooftop neon; designing the actual phone device refurbishment. 

Designing the placement and size of rooftop neon; designing the actual phone device refurbishment. 

We sourced an old phone booth, painted it and refitted it with a phone, cameras and a printer. An operator was sitting at a remote location, making the phone ring as people entered the booth and then listening to their griefs. If the complaints were funny, touching or just simply grievous enough, the operator could print out a free ticket for the person. In other cases, the complainers were given a discount.

Every time we have set up local installations, we get feedback from the people living further away. Therefor, this time we also built a complaints banner that had a similar mechanic; people complained, a moderator read their complaints and replied with a discount or a free cruise, depending on the complaints.

The results were amazing. The booth hosted up to 42 people per hour. In total, the booth and banner got over 6000 complaints. 

25% of people living in the greater Helsinki area (=almost a million) were aware of the installation, despite a modest media spend. Liking of the brand nearly doubled during the campaign. The 22 hour cruises were nearly fully booked for most of the autumn after the campaign. 


Role: Concept design, Strategy, Art Direction, UX Design
Agency: hasan & partners