Orangina Deployed Genie-Infused Cans to Get People to Shake Them

An exercise in wishful thinking?

Orangina wants to grant you a wish. Orangina
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To get the most out of your Orangina, it’s critical to shake it so the pulp mixes with all the fizzy juice. This is counterintuitive behavior; every other carbonated drink on the market has trained us never to shake the can … unless you want it to explode down the front of your shirt.

But that extra little jiggle is critical to Orangina’s positioning, and its marketing revolves around getting people to do it. The brand has tried butt-shaking dance contests, cans printed upside-down and even the old sex-sells chestnut.

This time, with help from Buzzman in Paris, it’s shooting for your wishbone.

The “Wiiish Box” campaign capitalizes on our innate desire to get stuff we want handed to us by a magical entity who, for whatever reason—enslavement or fuzzy familial ties—is compelled to indulge us.

On May 14, 20 million “Wiiish Box” cans were released in the French market but just 50 thousand contained a “genie,” able to grant wishes.

How do you know if your Orangina is the capitalist equivalent of an magic lamp? By shaking it, of course: When you turn a genie-infused can upside-down, it’ll talk. If yours does, enter the code written under the can at laboiteavoeuuuuh.fr (French for something like “The Wiiish Box”) along with your wish.

The “Wiiish Box” campaign was deployed by KR Media and will include six web films, a radio activation and in-store activities. At the end of the effort, a jury of Orangina experts will select two wishes “that deserve to be answered,” up to a value of €20,000 (around $23,600).

So give your can a shake, and wish for something nice. In the unfortunate event that you never find an Orangina genie, you can also tweet a shake-worthy wish with the hashtag #OranginaJeVoeuuuh (“Orangina, I waaaaant”).

If it’s worthwhile—like a bike or a handbag—and not silly, like world peace or a new government, you might just get what you ask for.

@luckthelady angela.natividad@gmail.com Angela Natividad is a frequent contributor to Adweek's creativity blog, AdFreak. She is also the author of Generation Creation and co-founder of Hurrah, an esports agency. She lives in Paris and when she isn't writing, she can be found picking food off your plate.