Unilever has launched a campaign in partnership with YouTube to discover the next female vlogging star in the GCC region. The winner will receive a US$35,000 cash prize and a one-year contract with Unilever.
Unilever has launched a campaign in partnership with YouTube to discover the next female vlogging star in the GCC region.
The two-month campaign, called Forsaty, will reward one up-and-coming vlogger with a cash prize of US$35,000 and a one-year contract as brand ambassador for Unilever, as well as mentorship and workshops from YouTube.
Unilever will invite female online video enthusiasts to create a series of vlogs based around Dove, Ponds, Sunsilk and Lipton four much-loved brands from the companys portfolio of over 400 established names. The campaign has enlisted four regional YouTube stars Alanoud Badr (Lady Fozaza), UN Change Ambassador Hayla Ghazal (Hayla TV), Mimi (Eswara) and Haifa Beseisso (Fly With Haifa) to help the budding online video stars in each stage of the Forsaty journey.
Diana Baddar, Head of YouTube Partnerships in the Middle East and North Africa, said: In the past year, YouTube has seen a huge increase in the volume of content produced by women across the MENA region. I am proud to see hard-working and talented young women bringing their creativity to life across diverse areas including comedy, vlogging and fashion. Through doing so, they are actively contributing to the overall growth of Arabic digital content.
Asad Rehman, Media Director, North Africa and Middle East at Unilever, added: Content creation is an integral aspect of branding and communication today. We spend a lot of time answering questions, such as how a piece of content fits the needs of a consumer and how it becomes relevant to our brands. The best way to answer these questions is to foster content that comes from the consumers themselves. Forsaty is an important campaign for Unilever, Google and the industry at large. Motivating the content creators of tomorrow and helping them hone their skills will go a long way for all of us.
Following the release of a reveal video, the Forsaty campaign will kick off with Challenge 1 on March 8. The Hair Improv Challenge with Sunsilk is a radically different take on the popular hair tutorial format that is set to test the presentation and improvisation skills of the entrants.
Successful contestants will face three further challenges. Things To Remember focuses on the Ponds brand and invites the participants to put together a box of meaningful items for their older selves to open 10 years from now, while A Day With Me, centered on a cup of Lipton Green Tea, is all about healthy choices. My Beautiful Moment, linked to the Dove personal care brand, uses YouTubes Draw My Life meme as an inspiration.
One of the four regional YouTube stars will get each challenge underway through posting her own vlog on her channel as well as on the Forsaty YouTube channel and microsite.
The elimination process will see 200 hopefuls whittled down to 25, 10, and three, before crowning the overall winner. Online followers will play an important part through voting for their favorite videos before the YouTubers and the Unilever team make the final call.
The Forsaty campaign will test a wide variety of vlogging skills and showcase many different styles of vlog content while tapping into the regions huge online audience and high levels of engagement with key social media stars.
Register online at forsatychallenge.com and ppload a vlog based on the first challenge theme Hair Improv Challenge.
The top 200 vlogs will be available for popular vote on the microsite from March 19-20. The shortlisted 25 candidates will then proceed to the next elimination challenge, where they will be whittled down to 10 and then three, before the overall winner is announced on April 13.
Fans can follow the Forsaty journey on www.forsatychallenge.com
Dates of the challenges are below
Challenge 1: March 8-19
Challenge 2: March 23-26
Challenge 3: March 30-April 4
The jury includes the below:
Hayla Ghazal (Hayla TV): 2 million+ YouTube subscribers and 1 million+ Instagram followers
Mimi (Eswara): 1.5 million YouTube subscribers and 500,000 Instagram followers
Haifa Beseisso (Fly With Haifa): 1.5 million YouTube subscribers and 500,000 Instagram followers
Alanoud Badr (Lady Fozaza): 13,000 YouTube subscribers and 500,000 Instagram followers