Du bist Deutschland

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Logo of the Du bist Deutschland campaign.

Du bist Deutschland (in English: "You are Germany") was a social marketing campaign in Germany. Its aim was to achieve positive thinking and a new national feeling. It was created by the initiative "Partner für Innovation" consisting of 25 media corporations and was co-ordinated by Bertelsmann. The large-scale campaign caused a lot of controversy and discussion.


The initiator of the campaign was Gunther Thielen, CEO of Bertelsmann AG. It ran from September 26, 2005 to January 31, 2006. The core of the campaign was a 2-minute TV spot, which was broadcast simultaneously at the start of the campaign on almost all TV channels in the country. Additional advertisements in the print media, flyers, and outdoor and online media were used. The media cost was around 30 million Euros. All of the supporting corporations received no income for their contributions. The campaign was relaunched on December 15, 2007.

The background music used is from the U.S. composer Alan Silvestri and was the theme from the film Forrest Gump (1994).


The pictogram which was designed for the campaign consisted of three faces in the colours of the German national flag. It is similar to the logo of the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, as it resembles a walking person.


First campaign[edit]

A similar slogan was first used in 1933 in Nazi Germany.[1] The goal of the campaign was to spur an increase of more confidence and people’s own initiative, and therefore result in more self-confidence and motivation for every German citizen.

A slogan was core of the campaign, which was the focus of the TV-spots. This showed the slogan “You are Germany” (Du bist Deutschland) in several variations. It was meant to invoke positive feelings and inspire the viewer.

Second campaign[edit]

In 2007 the campaign appeals for more child friendliness in the German society because of the steadily falling birth rate in Germany. In the manifesto this becomes clear especially by the last verses: “Wir brauchen mehr von deiner Sorte, weil ohne dich die Gegenwart keinen Spaß bringt und die Zukunft bereits vergangen ist. Du bist Deutschland.” (We need more of your kind because without you the present is no fun and the future has already passed. You are Germany.)


Surveys conducted by the Gesellschaft für Konsumforschung (GfK) showed that two weeks after the start of the campaign, 54% of those who noticed the campaign consciously (35%) evaluated it positively.

Right from the beginning of the campaign there was a lot of criticism. The major complaint was that the tone of the campaign resembled campaigns from National Socialist times. For many the campaign was too nationalistic.

Business Supporters of the campaign[edit]


ARDPremiere (Pay-TV)ProSiebenSat.1 Media GroupRTL Gruppe DeutschlandZDF


Axel Springer • Heinrich Bauer Verlag • Hubert Burda Media • Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung • Jahreszeitenverlag • Gruner + Jahr • Heise Medien Gruppe • Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck • Zeitungsgruppe Ippen • Verlagsgesellschaft Madsack • Motor Presse Stuttgart • Der Spiegel • Süddeutscher Verlag • WAZ-Mediengruppe • Zeitungsgruppe Stuttgart


RTL InteractiveTomorrow FocusT-Online

Outdoor media[edit]

Ströer Out-of-Home Media



Celebrity Supporters of the Campaign (selection)[edit]

Gerald Asamoah • Reinhold Beckmann • Bobby Brederlow • Yvonne CatterfeldSarah ConnorWojtek CzyzJustus Frantz und Orchester • Maria FurtwänglerGünther JauchOliver KahnWalter Kempowski • Johannes B. Kerner • Oliver Korittke • Walter Lange • Florian Langenscheidt • Patrick LindnerSandra MaischbergerXavier Naidoo • Minh-Khai Phan-Thi • Oliver Pocher • Dominic Raacke • Marcel Reich-Ranicki • Hans Martin Rüter • Kool Savas • Achim Kreisel • Harald SchmidtGabriele Strehle • Gerd Strehle • Ulrich WickertAnne WillMartin WinterkornKatarina Witt


  1. ^ Erenz, Benedikt (30 November 2005). "ZEIT ONLINE | Lesen Sie zeit.de mit Werbung oder im PUR-Abo. Sie haben die Wahl". Die Zeit.

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