MasterCard To Award Priceless Prizes

When a brand like MasterCard, blessed with a legendary ad campaign wants to do a promotion, it better be good. By good, I mean something other than a trip to Disney World.
Thankfully, MasterCard, with the help of McCann Erickson, has found a way to elevate the form with its new “Search” promotion. Sealed envelopes will be placed in April issues of Condé Nast books. Three of these envelopes will be grand prize winners.
The grand prizes include – a commissioned portrait by famed artist and Academy Award-nominated director Julian Schnabel; a trip to Paris to dine with renowned chef David Bouley; and a trip to the Seven Wonders of the World.
a Schnabel portrait
According to Fin Channel, Architectural Digest, The New Yorker, Vogue and Sotheby’s Preview will feature the art prize campaign. Bon Appétit, Domino and Gourmet will feature the culinary prize campaign; and GQ, Condé Nast Traveler, Vanity Fair and Wired will feature the travel prize campaign.
MasterCard has created a series of creative vignettes appearing on depicting the experiences.
The campaign will also have TV support. Barbara Lippert of Adweek notes, “How appropriate that this new MasterCard campaign is breaking on the Oscars telecast, since it brings new meaning to the phrase, ‘The envelope, please.'”



About David Burn

I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. Today—after working for seven agencies in five states—I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.