Ascend

The Other Side

    Connected Campaigns
    Social Media
Challenge

As workplace discrimination and microaggressions against the AAPI community often fly under the radar due to the Model Minority Myth, Ascend — the largest Pan-Asian business professional membership organization in North America — wanted to dispel those misperceptions while also combating discrimination against the AAPI community in the workplace.

Insight

With 50% of South Asians and 44% of East and Southeast Asians saying they face discrimination at work (IBV), Digitas and Ascend partnered with AAPI leaders — also known as “storytellers” — across various industries to spark much-needed conversation around the invisible barriers that keep AAPI professionals from achieving their full potential in the workplace.

A Platform Hack to Illuminate Workplace Inequities

The collection of stories resulted in the creation of “The Other Side," the first-ever LinkedIn headline takeover. Upon launch, AAPI storytellers partook in a LinkedIn “hack” by changing their profile headlines and pictures to reflect their “Other Side” experience, leveraging impactful videos and still portraits across multiple channels.

In addition to each storyteller’s video and portraits living organically in social feeds, the campaign was additionally supported with donated media across OOH and print, and a self-service toolkit was created to allow the wider Ascend network to participate in campaign activations.

In every Asian success story, there is another side.
IMPACT
  • 525%

    Increased in traffic to the Ascend site

  • 132%

    MoM in Ascend LinkedIn page shares

  • Awards

    Shorty Winner and Audience Honor for Overall Presence: LinkedIn

    Shorty Winner for Microinfluencer Strategy

    Awarded Bronze for Strategy & Engagement: Storytelling at The Shorty Awards

    Shortlisted for Content & Media Native Advertising, Non-profit, Single Platform, and Organic Promotion: Single Post or Activation at The Shorty Awards. 

    Shortlisted for Influencer at the AICP Awards

    Shortlisted for Social Media and Not for Profit at Drum Awards for Marketing

    Shortlisted for Creative Effectiveness and Social Media Posts-Series at The One Show

    Shortlisted for Advertising-Media-Best Use of Social at The Webbys

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