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Ad Council creates story-driven mobile chat to combat teenage drinking and driving

The Ad Council is releasing its first story-driven chat experience on a mobile platform to help combat underage drinking and driving.

Developed in partnership with the conversational marketing platform Snaps, the chat was inspired by the insight that teens increasingly seek out interactive stories and “chatbots” online. The 'Ultimate Party Foul' chat experience leverages the chat format to integrate a message about the consequences of underage drinking and driving.

The 'Ultimate Party Foul' experience is hosted on Facebook Messenger and supported with donated media from Facebook.

“Facebook recently announced there is a user base of over 1.3 billion users on Messenger. Activating on Messenger enables the Ad Council to engage their target audience in a powerful and authentic way - right inside the users' favorite messaging app,” said Jonathan Shriftman, head of business development at Snaps.

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The storyline highlights the range of potential consequences of drinking and driving underage, and plays on teens' fear of losing the newfound freedom a driver's license represents.

Each user joins a group chat with teen characters and actively participates in the story by responding to conversation prompts. The user gets to know the characters as they plan and attend a party, and suspense builds around which character will commit the “ultimate party foul” - driving home after drinking.

The story concludes the next day, when the rest of the group learns that this character has lost his driving privileges, faces legal fees, and has to worry about how an arrest record will affect his college applications.

“This immersive experience brings teens into a captivating story where the characters and consequences feel true to life,” said Lisa Sherman, Ad Council president and chief executive. “It’s is an innovative and powerful extension of our efforts to encourage young people to reconsider getting behind the wheel after drinking.”

The campaign directs young people to UltimatePartyFoul.org for more information and tips to avoid drinking and driving underage.

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