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Hostelworld challenges LCC advertising students to help travellers meet the world

Meet the world screenshot
Meet the world screenshot

Written by
htownsend
Published date
11 March 2016

Students from BA (Hons) Advertising and MA Advertising are currently collaborating with Hostelworld on a live project.

Hostelworld is the world’s largest online hostel booking company with over 33,000 properties in 170 countries. Their brand aims to change people’s perceptions of hostels and they are drawing on the ideas and skills of LCC students to do so.

Alongside their creative agency Lucky Generals, Hostelworld came to LCC earlier this month, and introduced students from BA (Hons) Advertising and MA Advertising to their brand campaign.

Marek Mossakowski, Hostelworld’s Global Head of Brand, and Lucky Generals’ Strategist, Sammy King, gave students a masterclass in repositioning a brand by creating exciting content for millennials.

Meet the world screenshot from website

Hostelworld’s ‘meet the world’ campaign focuses on the unique ability of hostels to turbo-charge the travel experience, by bringing together people who have never met before. It features seven real backpackers, all strangers staying in hostels, who Lucky Generals documented going skinny dipping in a Mexican sinkhole. Below is a behind-the-scenes film of the campaign.

They then set the students a challenge: to create a series of 20-second films that show how good staying in a hostel can be. The films will be shot entirely on mobile phones and must give an authentic picture that can be shared across social media channels.

Rules of the Hostelworld Project

The best films will be bought by Hostelworld for use in their global marketing campaigns, and the top filmmakers will be invited to spend a week at Lucky General’s HQ to find out how they produce creative campaigns.

We’ll be posting students’ films in late April so check back to see what they come up with.

Find out more about BA (Hons) Advertising and MA Advertising.