Spreadbeats: Where Music Meets Data Magic

A Music Video in a Spreadsheet. Spotify wins Cannes Lions Award 2024

Spotify b2b campaign created Spreadbeats Music Video. Music Press Asia

Spotify has launched a new B2B campaign, ‘Spreadbeats,’ featuring a music video created and distributed entirely within a media plan spreadsheet.

Aiming to make media plans as vibrant and energetic as Spotify’s brand and platform, the campaign follows a single cell—E7—and its evolution into a colorful 3D character. This transformation acts as a metaphor for the creative ways brands can reach audiences through both audio and visual formats.

“The media plan is the unsung workhorse of our industry, and it’s not necessarily the first thing you’d think of to tell a story creatively,” said Rich Frankel, Global Creative Director at Spotify. “Through Spreadbeats, we are using the analytical tools of our trade to deliver a memorable experience. We hope to inspire our brand and agency partners to never look at a media plan from Spotify the same way again.”

Adrian Bingham, Head of Sales, AUNZ, added, “We know how important media plans are to our industry and that they are generally the unsung heroes of our campaigns. With Spreadbeats, we wanted to inject some of the creativity and energy the Spotify brand is known for, to create something unique for the industry.”

The campaign is backed by a soundtrack produced by US DJ John Summit. “I know my way around a spreadsheet almost as well as a DJ mixer,” Summit said. “My first ever job was in accounting, where I got really good at using spreadsheets and I think there can be creativity in every job. That’s why I was so excited to partner with Spotify on this project and to use my track, ‘Shiver,’ to convey emotion where people might not typically feel it.”

Spotify Brings Joy to B2B Media Plans with 'Spreadbeats'. Music Press Asia
[Spotify Brings Joy to B2B Media Plans with ‘Spreadbeats’. Music Press Asia]

Rather than inserting a pre-made video into the spreadsheet, Spotify coded the music video directly within the spreadsheet, using built-in functions such as ASCII, Graphs, Unicode, and conditional formatting. The project was created in partnership with Uncharted and FCB NY.

After weeks of testing across 14 markets—including the US, Canada, UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Brazil, Mexico, Australia, India, and Singapore—Spreadbeats dropped directly into unsuspecting brand and agency inboxes, inviting recipients into a world they may not want to leave.

Cannes Lions 2024

Digital Craft Grand Prix
Gold and Bronze in Digital Craft
Gold in Direct
Silver and Bronze in Creative B2B
Silver in Entertainment Lions for Music
Bronze in Creative Data
Shortlisted in the Dan Wieden Titanium Lions category

Related news: Under the Entertainment Lions for Music segment of Cannes Lions 2024, a creative campaign titled Errata at 88 in a collaboration between Diageo and AlmapBBDO, São Paulo saw whisky brand Johnnie Walker revived a forgotten female pioneer of Bossa Nova in Brazil, helping secure her place in cultural history.

Watch the campaign case study published by LLLLITL here.

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