#554 Campaigns

The Japanese English “campaign”・キャンペーン means a kind of “promotion”.

Most of the campaigns are discounted prices for limited times. introductory offers for new customers… but…

Many companies are offering “prize campaigns” – if you buy the selected products you can collect stamps/stickers and cash them in for a chance at a raffle.

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The latest Pokemon themed campaign sees you scanning two ketchup-product codes to enter for a chance to win.

The biggest prize is a giant Pikachu sleeping on a ketchup bottle pillow that 2 lucky people will become the proud owners of.

Check out the campaign page here.

Many big companies cash in on this kind of marketing.

Coca Cola Japan also ran a popular summer prize campaign in 2013 to win beach goods:

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Another common campaign is collecting stickers on products to trade in for a guaranteed prize.

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The most well-known is convenience store chain Lawson – if you buy packaged bread you can collect stamps for Rilakkuma, Snoopy or other cute characters.

Usually a sandwich or small roll is one stamp but bigger packs like cakes have 2 or 3 stamps.

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If you collect the full stamp card (20 or 30 stamps) you can hand it in to the staff and get a bowl, cup or similar limited-edition prize.

(You can’t actually buy the bowl, even though it’s on display. Only through blood, sweat and tears eating lots of bread can you earn it!)

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