Campaign Stats:

  • 10 Items of Coverage
  • Air Time: 69 Minutes
  • Audience Reach: 1.96 Million

4media group were commissioned by Unilever and Surf to conduct research and a broadcast day to help them promote the brand in conjunction with the start of the university year. The research looked into the readiness of students to fly the nest, with a specific focus on their knowledge of cleaning!

The Broadcast day was fronted by Hannah Morrish from the UK’s biggest university community The Student Room, and Rachel Greene, who leads the Student engagement program at Surf.

The research of just over 1000 university students, conducted by our in-house research division, Atomik Research, has found that two fifths of prospective students felt under-prepared to leave home.  Only 1 in 5 students knew how to use a washing machine before they headed off to uni- with those from the East Midlands being the least likely to be shown how to use a washing machine by their parents, and Welsh students admitting their parents didn’t help them to do anything at all!

That might be why many students aren’t especially keen on doing laundry. A quarter of university students (25%) only do their laundry when their clothes look dirty and its Medical students who are the biggest culprits of this (36%) and students in London (32%).

A third (33%) of students have called their parents when they have been unsure on how to wash an item of clothing- with women (39%) more likely to do so than men (26%) and more Drama students (50%) do this over any others.

The campaign secured widespread broadcast coverage, including interviews on Capital North East and Capital Yorkshire. In total the campaign secured 68 minutes of air time for the brand.

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