Allan Gray. Stay Focused.

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Every year Allan Gray, one of South Africa’s leading investment companies, recruit the brightest graduates from universities around the country. Graduates more interested in achieving their long-term goals than the many trappings of campus life. Those with focus.

But there’s one problem… distractions. As a student, they’re in no short supply. There are the usual suspects: parties, guys, girls, and of course more parties. But it doesn’t stop there, online there are more still: Cute Animals, Grumpy Animals, Dramatic Animals, Thug Life Animals, Babies, Selfies, Epic Fails, Best-ofs etc. You name it, they’re waiting to distract you for hours on end.

What we needed was to separate focused students from those more prone to distraction. But how? By pitting them against the very things that prevent them from excelling.

We launched an all-out assault on campuses countrywide – an integrated campaign showcasing distractions in all forms: on posters, on campus radio stations, in emailers, on targeted microsites and even in a public library. Nowhere and no one was safe.

Allan Gray BlogilvyPosters on campus featured the likes of Grumpy Cat.

In addition to campaign specific radio ads, campus radio station DJs heard radio spots that talked to their very own distractions in the middle of their shows live on air.

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University Social Coordinators received emailers directing them to bespoke microsites that exposed their biggest distractions.

We carried out filmed social experiments on unsuspecting study groups in a library.
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All of our messaging led students to stayfocused.co.za where they found out about the Allan Gray 2016 Graduate Intake and could apply to join the firm.

Amidst all these distractions, in the first month alone, we’ve had a 161.6% increase in applications than during the same period of last year’s campaign – applications from those willing to put their focus to the ultimate test: an opportunity to work at Allan Gray.

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