BRANDED CONTENT CAMPAIGN
Expo 2017 Astana
The world's fair was hosted for the first time by a Central Asian country, Kazakhstan, in 2017. The Expo in Astana adopted the theme: Future Energy. Working with the team at CNN Create, I crafted the digital editorial content offering, collaborating with the social media producer and lead creative producer on bridging video and written content that was inviting, fresh and on-message. This is a featured case study on the CNN International Commercial website launched in 2018.
Over the course of the six-month campaign, I produced content for eight web pages which lived on the CNN ad feature hub and on their own distinct Expo 2017 Astana mini-site. I also conducted on-the-spot interviews at the event in Kazakhstan with international leaders from organizations such as the UN and governments such as UAE, for videos produced by my colleagues, also published on the aforementioned hub.
The varied content presented in a digital magazine-inspired format was classified under the overarching theme: Energy. Targeting different demo groups and event attendees (from established business leaders to young art, design and music enthusiasts), the pieces collectively positioned Kazakhstan and its capital among major global economies, promoting the renewable energy revolution through lifestyle and business.
In-depth feature on the lucrative and visionary business of renewables and video interviews. Among the interviewees, global energy sector heavy hitters: Adnan Amin, Director-General of the International Renewable Energy; Dr. Jozef Toth, President, World Petroleum Council; and Martin Hullin, Project Manager, REN21.
Snackable profiles on four contemporary Kazakh artists whose work is shown in the new Nur Alem pavilion at Expo serve the purpose of introducing these creators and the local art scene, and drawing art enthusiasts to the event. A sidebar highlights top international musical talent at the event: 30 Seconds to Mars and Limp Bizkit.
With an entertainment magazine sensibility, this page presents one of the event's major draws: a customized show for the expo by the popular group Cirque du Soleil. It features an interview-based article with the performance troupe's creative director and behind-the-scenes video interviews at the event.