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Would You Change Your Name for a Brand New Life in a Brand New City?

[fa icon="calendar"] 31-Oct-2013 06:49:00 / by Iliyana Stareva

What would make you change Lufthansa's Change Your Name to Klaus-Heidi Campaignyour name? I am not talking about establishing a nickname, a creative name as an author, musician or similar, but legally a new name? I personally have thought about changing my last name – Stareva – to something simpler such as “Star” because living abroad (i.e. in Western European countries where people find it rather difficult to pronounce Slavic names) I’ve always heard people saying or spelling my name wrong. Nevertheless, I still like my name – it brings me back to my routes and it’s my family name that I carry with honour. But what if there was another pretty good incentive besides personal reasons to officially change your name?

That’s what Lufthansa is currently trying to find out by encouraging Swedish citizens to change their names to Klaus-Heidi (a fusion between two very German names). The prize? A brand new life in Berlin. Doesn’t sound bad at all, does it?

Here’s what one lucky Swedish citizen would get, if he or she changed his or her name to Klaus-Heidi:

  • one way ticket from Stockholm to Berlin;
  • a private chauffeur to bring the lucky one from Berlin/Tegel Airport to the new apartment;
  • a brand new 70 m2 apartment with two rooms and a kitchen for a whole year in one of Berlins most up and coming areas;
  • a handbuilt bike by myownbike.de, custom-painted with the winner’s new name, including a helmet in matching colours;
  • and just about everything else one needs to start a new life in one of Europe’s most exciting cities.

If you feel that changing your name is too drastic, but still want to explore Lufthansa, the German airline offers 200 SEK travel discount, or a voucher worth 500 SEK for those who change their name to Klaus-Heidi on Facebook.

Now that’s what I call out-of-the-box thinking, wouldn’t you say?

The PR campaign has apparently created quite a lot of buzz in the online space and according to PR examples, more than 300 people have already inquired about changing their name on the Swedish government website. I am really curious to see if someone is really going to do it. Nevertheless, the campaign has already brought a lot of attention to Lufthansa and its destinations, so it has effectively fulfilled its purpose.

What would make you change your name?

Topics: Creative Campaigns

Iliyana Stareva

Written by Iliyana Stareva

Iliyana Stareva is the author of Inbound PR - the book that is transforming the PR industry. She's also a keynote speaker and a consultant in inbound and digital for fast-growing companies and agencies. Currently, Iliyana is the Success Programs Manager for the Netherlands at Cisco where she drives programmatic efforts for product adoption. In her previous roles at HubSpot, she led major cross-functional change for the global Partner Program with her detail-oriented approach to project management and advised hundreds of agencies on how to transform their businesses with inbound and digital. During that time, she earned the globally recognised Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification by the PMI. In her free time, you can find Iliyana writing for her blog, dancing salsa or traveling the world.

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