40 Under 40: Georgie Jeffreys, head of marketing, Uber Eats, US & Canada – AdAge.com

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Georgie Jeffreys realized she had a problem as she prepared to promote Uber Eats’ service expansion in its 2022 Super Bowl ad: Consumers had trouble grasping the concept that a platform called “Uber Eats” was now also delivering non-food items such as toilet paper.
“When we hear consumer problems from consumers … that sparks for us an opportunity,” said Jeffreys, 34, head of marketing at Uber Eats, US & Canada. “Not only is it a problem to solve but it also quite lends itself to a creative idea.”
That idea lent itself to a wildly successful, celebrity-packed campaign created with Special Group US that poked fun at the disconnect between Uber Eats’ name and its new businesses.
“When you actually think about the celebrity as a creative lever,” rather than a brand ambassador, “for the message and the idea, we certainly found that we were able to get to much richer work,” Jeffreys said. 
Jeffreys also spearheaded the “Tonight I’ll Be Eating” campaign, starring unexpected celebrity pairs such as Elton John and Lil Nas X, as well as an Uber One campaign, starring Tracy Morgan and Sarah Silverman, that dropped in August.
The Australian native joined Uber Eats in Australia in 2015, as the company’s marketing department was still taking shape. “And I was able to play a role in building that from the ground up,” Jeffreys said. She moved into her current role in June 2020. 
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Mark Fischer is a web editor at Ad Age. He previously worked in sports media as a digital editor and writer for the New York Post and New York Daily News.

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