When you are asked to rebrand any company or organization it is not something that can be executed quickly. There is quite a bit of strategy that goes into the process, especially when you are rebranding a higher profile, internationally known company. Jones Knowles Ritchie was charged with rebranding Burger King and I have to say the results are fantastic. Everything from billboards to employee uniforms has a distinct and cohesive flair that, in my opinion, gives a nod to the design styling of the late 1970s.
From a strategic point, JKR in collaboration with Burger King set out together to bring to life what Burger King’s commitment is to the food, free from colors, preservatives, and flavors from artificial sources. They wanted to use design to help close the gap between the negative perceptions a lot of people have of fast food, and the positive reality of Burger King’s food story by making the brand feel less synthetic, artificial, cheap, and more real. To put it simply, JKR makes the Burger King Brand and the food even more crave-able.
The typography, illustrations, color pallet, copy-writing, all of it has a strong cohesive voice that differentiates itself from the competition. What will be interesting to see is if Burger King continues to use any of their past advertising that focused on the King and had at times an almost surreal approach in terms of content. In the past, Burger King has been known for off-the-wall campaigns like Subservient Chicken. This is light-years away from that approach.
For Burger King’s first global rebrand in more than two decades, we set out to make the brand feel less synthetic and artificial, and more real, crave-able,and tasty. We were inspired by the brand’s original logo and how it has grown to have an iconic place in culture. The new logo pays homage to the brand’s heritage with a refined design that’s confident, simple, and fun.
If you have seen The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind you know where director Michel Gondry’s head is at. He can at times be bizarre and has a distinctive visual look for his films. His latest project is a YouTube advertisement for Burger King staring Mason Ramsey (the 11-year-old yodeler) whos video of him yodeling in a Walmart went viral.
The video called “Cows Menu” is promoting the fast-food chains Reduced Methane Whopper, which I have absolutely no idea as to what that is. Ramsey leads a sing a long musical number about reducing methane emissions in a live-action, stop motion, multi-layer transforming set that features all sorts of colorful props and backdrops.
You have cows farting cotton ball clouds, bedazzled gas masks, lemongrass hats, and our hero – Ramsey – dressed in white the way all goodguys should be. It is quite the experiece.
The campaign was produced by We Believers in conjunction with Partizan and focuses on Burger King’s latest initiative to combat greenhouse gasses. The tag line at the end of the spot reads “Since we are part of the problem, we are working to be part of the solution,” addressing the fact that farm livestock accounts for 15 percent of global greenhouse emissions. The lyrics in the song explain further, that the Reduced Methane Whopper has been developed by feeding the cows a new diet including lemongrass, which means their cows excrete 33 percent less methane.
It’s a fun spot and actually engages, or at least it did for me. I watched the entire thing. Twice. It does make you pay attention, which is the formula for a successful ad. Now lets see how many people click through to learn more, and how many people buy a Reduced Methane Whopper.
I am a Direct TV customer, but I haven’t seen this yet. I think I am going to have to tune in to channel 111 tonight though. CP+B has purchased dedicated time on Direct TV and set up a specific channel to air an endless loop of a Burger King Whopper.
The entire week long spot is the latest Burger King challenge, that works like this. Tune to channel 111 and you’ll see a 5 minute countdown. Watch the perfectly flame grilled burger spin for 5 minutes and you get a free burger, watch it for 10 minutes and you get two, 20 minutes and you get four… The loop is endless. The catch is that you really do have to pay attention. At given points in the loop, the channel prompts you to hit certain buttons on your remote, if you miss one the clock resets and you start over. Complete the challenge and you can claim the free burger right there on the TV.
This is a simple yet very effective way to create an interactive TV experience. So effective, that Burger King has already given away more than 50,000 burgers this week, and is expected to give away more than 800,000 by the end of the contest on Sunday night. That means more than 13 thousand hours of Whopper TV will get watched and interacted with. Pretty impressive don’t you think?