Turn off to Turn On

  • Category

  • Industry

    Sexual Health
  • Client


Durex wanted to take a more emotional position on sex and love, and they wanted to do it on a global scale. Durex wanted to create a viral ad that would generate over 100 million views (no biggie). But rather than producing something that was a bit naughty or cheeky, we wanted to emphasise the brand’s mature approach to love and sex.And so, we decided to reflect on the state of modern relationships in a more emotionally engaging way. Not only was this a better way to talk to our global audience, but it was more compelling and relevant too.

Our campaign spoke directly to lovers and addressed one of the biggest problems in modern relationships; technology. We wanted to create a movement that called on couples to realise just how much their obsessions with gadgets and gizmos are leaving them totally disconnected from each other. After all, how can couples be having great sex when Flappy Bird, Facebook friends and the whole of Twitter are allowed in the bedroom?

Using Earth Hour as our platform, we created a series of Facebook posts and a short film to inspire change. The hour of darkness was the ideal time to call on couples to escape the screen and have some fun in the dark. We wanted people to ‘Turn Off To Turn On’, and by utilising Facebook, YouTube and Twitter (the very platforms we’re all so obsessed with), we knew our message would be seen – and spread globally.

Sound off
Sound on



1.96 billion total impressions

347 million engagements

85 million video views across all platforms

470 million PR impressions


Over 1.5 billion people worldwide were reached and as well as showing our support for the global Earth Hour initiative, we encouraged couples to spend more quality time with each other in order to give their sex lives a boost.