Barbie is a global icon. Since 1959, the brand has had a monumental impact on girls across the world.
Barbie is much more than a doll, though. The brand aims to inspire the limitless potential in every girl.
Research shows that starting at age 5, many girls develop self-limiting beliefs and begin to think they're not as smart and capable as boys. They stop believing their gender can do or be anything. This is called the Dream Gap, and to help close it, Barbie launched the Dream Gap Project in 2018. This ongoing global initiative gives girls the resources and support they need to continue believing in themselves.
In 2021, the brand took this to a new and unprecedented level with You Can Be Anything – a first-of-its-kind YouTube and Facebook series of inspiring, interactive and educational live streams and virtual meet & greets to empower attendees from all over the world.
Working with prominent female leaders, trailblazers, and influencers, we helped encourage today’s young girls to become the leaders of tomorrow. The cross-generational content featured these role models and fan-favorite influencers allowing us to reach our target demographic in a meaningful way.
The series aired live throughout March; globally recognized as International Women’s Month; for maximum relevance and impact.
Originally slated to be an in-person festival event in 2020, Mattel had to pivot to a digital-only series due to the global pandemic.
In collaboration with Mattel, we wrote and developed four episodes that covered key themes in young girls’ development while ensuring that the subject matter was not only relatable to children, but accessible to adults as well.
Each episode blended panel discussions, Q&A sessions, Barbie-animated content, engaging activities, and music.
We also integrated Time For Kids – a platform that uses kid reporters to provide a unique perspective for kids, by kids – to appeal to our demographic even further.
Finally, we curated a series of three 30-minute virtual meet & greet sessions with three of the series’ guests, allowing each child to have 60 seconds with their favorite role model.
Our series aired on Saturdays at 1pm ET/10am PT – the perfect time when children were out of school and more parents were at home and engaged with their kids.
We managed to find a way to navigate production around COVID restrictions while booking talent, developing art and creative design, animating, blocking, scriptwriting, editing, and seamlessly executing post-production and cutdowns.
The Barbie You Can Be Anything Series set a benchmark for the Dream Gap Project.
In total, our episodes received almost 3 million views.
Across social media, we received 2,725 Facebook comments and almost 60k reactions on our content. Including talent channels, we had an impressive overall reach of 7.3 million.
During the month of March 2021, Barbie’s Facebook page saw a significant increase in traffic due to the content, highlighted by:
The reaction on social media was overwhelmingly positive as we raised awareness for the Dream Gap and the progress Barbie is making in empowering young girls. We encouraged an open dialogue between Barbie and fans, as messages of inspiration flooded in from around the world via Facebook, including:
The program was so successful that we expanded the series in the fall of 2021 – a testament to the power and impact we’ve had in inspiring girls to be the best version of themselves.
- Omma Awards - Activism/Public Service: Corporate Responsibility