Voting is Hot AF: Saatchi & Saatchi debut new campaign to drive young voters to the polls

Voting is Hot AF: Saatchi & Saatchi debut new campaign to drive young voters to the polls

Saatchi & Saatchi unveiled new creative work, Voting is Hot AF, to launch non-partisan campaign, Just Vote.

The campaign is powered by green entrepreneur and founder of Ecotricity, Dale Vince, with insight from leading PR and communications agency, Borkowski.

Built on the insight that voting officially makes you hotter - with 40% of 18-24-year-olds  finding regular voters more attractive* - the work kicks off Just Vote, an urgent campaign to encourage young people to get out and vote in the 4th July general election.

The vibrant and playful OOH and socially-led campaign has been seen across the UK this week, and features a varied design world built on the founding principle that ‘hotness’ is both subjective and abstract - just like the decisions we each make at the polls. Every interpretation of ‘hotness’ is celebrated in the creative, just as every vote - and every person who gives AF - should be.

Reimagining the voting trope of the ‘X’ as a visual shorthand to symbolise attraction, the work draws on modern dating culture to explore what attraction means to different people, while also nodding to the X-ratedness of sex appeal. Echoing the language and social tropes of this culture, headlines include “Get polled”, “Giving AF is hot AF”, “Talk turnout to me” and “18+ for a reason”.

Youth turnout has historically been lower than other demographics, with a third of the UK population up to the age of 34 abstaining**. The Just Vote campaign aims to engage young people before next month’s polling date and remind 18-24-year-olds to register, remember their ID, and turn out on July 4th.

Voting is Hot AF: Saatchi & Saatchi debut new campaign to drive young voters to the polls

The new research which inspired the work was conducted with YouGov, and also found:

  • More than half of those surveyed (52%) felt that regular voters were more intelligent, while 35% said voters were more trustworthy
  • When asked about the dating behaviours of voters as compared to non-voters, a fifth (20%) felt that non-voters were more likely to be rude to a waiter, while 21% felt that non-voters would spend a first date talking about themselves
  • Crucially, 18% felt that non-voters would be more likely to commit the ultimate dating faux-pas and ghost you
  • By comparison, those who voted were considered more likely (17%) to take care of the bill on a date.

Voting is Hot AF: Saatchi & Saatchi debut new campaign to drive young voters to the polls

Franki Goodwin, chief creative officer, Saatchi & Saatchi says, “Finding the right message, at the right moment to influence real behaviour change is when advertising is at its most powerful. It’s been extremely interesting mining dating and internet culture to find a real-world upside to young people engaging in politics – a place that can often feel like the least attractive, least youthful place on earth and that’s not good for anyone.”

Richard Huntington, chair and chief strategy officer, Saatchi & Saatchi says, “Hot AF is the democratic equivalent of “if in emergency, smash glass”, because only half of 18-24 year olds now vote and that’s an emergency.”

Dale Vince, founder of Just Vote and CEO of Ecotricity said, “Saatchi & Saatchi has had a powerful influence on the course of British political history and in partnering with us on Just Vote ahead of this general election they are underlining the urgency of ensuring that young people and first-time voters are given a voice on 4 July."

Mark Borkowski, founder of Borkowski PR Agency said, “Elections in the UK bring out the best in the great British media. Just Vote unites the passion and innovation of long time friend and partner Dale Vince, with the creative genius of Saatchi & Saatchi, who are always leading the zeitgeist of behavioural change. To generate cut through amongst the noise of all that is vying for the hearts, minds and eyeballs of our young people, is not an easy task, but one that it has never been more important to pursue.”


Saatchi & Saatchi
Franki Goodwin
Will John
Chris Townsend
Marie Jensen, Josephine Rasmussen, Will Blackburn, Avril Delaney, Molly Ohayon, Issie Peach
Nathan Crawford
Dani Wolf, Jimmy Leung, Benny Yang
Richard Huntington
Jonny Turnbull
Jonathan Tapper
Rania Kouros
Cali Fish
Brett MacDonald

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