In the cut-throat world of supermarket retailing, many factors come into play when consumers make their decisions about where to shop, whether it be price, location, range or the latest collectables. But while humans like to think we’re rational creatures, we’re not and a lot of our purchasing decisions are based on whether or not we actually like a brand. New World has its fair share of nuts and bolts, price-led retail ads promoting various deals, but its brand advertising has been streets ahead of the competition in recent years and it has challenged its agencies to take creative leaps and come up with engaging ideas to capture attention. And the mad Fruit and Vege pro ad, which our judges voted as the StopPress/MediaWorks TVC of the Year, is a great example of that thinking in action.
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Foodstuffs obviously isn’t conducting too many drug tests on the staff in its marketing team, because after New World and Colenso BBDO went full gonzo for their two latest brand ads, it’s launched another mad spot promoting its sponsorship of netball that shows it would do ‘almost’ anything to show their love of the sport.
Foodstuffs and Colenso BBDO veered away from traditional supermarket advertising when they started promoting New World staff as products and parodying infomercials in last year’s Fresh Every Day campaign. And while it’s still looking for laffs in the latest instalment, it’s dialled up the surreality with talking yams and houses filled with bread.
McDonald’s made a big song and dance about the launch of its lamb burger last year before removing it from the menu due to poor sales. But that hasn’t stopped Burger King from trying, and it’s playing up the premium nature of its new King’s Collection product and aiming to show that “every man can eat like he’s rich, including the rich” with the help of its new spokestoffs: the frightfully wealthy stereotypical British aristocrats Sir Roger Poppincock and Baron von Cravat.