Issue 16 | September 2010
Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO London
Creative Director: Paul Brazier; Concept: Stephen Coll/Colin Jones
Production Company: His; Director: Declan Lowney; Production Company Producer: Simon Monhemius; Editor: Alastair, The White House; Sound: Aaron Wave; Agency Producer: Trish Russell; Agency Assistant Producer: Rebecca Holt; Director of Photography: Kelvin Richards
Account Handlers: Adam Tucker, Justin Pahl, Kate Gault; Account Planning: Bridget Angear, Tom White
In research, British people confessed that a packet of Walkers crisps makes a lunchtime sandwich more exciting. But fewer than one in ten eat crisps at lunch. Walkers wanted to change people’s lunchtime behaviour by proving a simple point – that any sandwich is more exciting with Walkers.
There is a small town not far from where Directory is produced called Sandwich. To prove Walkers can make absolutely any sandwich more exciting, a series of surprise events was designed to make Sandwich more exciting.
Jensen Button became a cab driver there. Pamela Anderson applied for the job as barmaid in the pub. Frank Lampard turned out for the town football team. And JLS came and played for the sixth formers at Sandwich school.
The events delighted local people, captured the attention of the nation, and became the focus of a massive social media campaign.
The online films of Jensen Button being given grief, of teenagers screaming as school assembly turned into a pop concert, of comedian Al Murray running the pub quiz, received 1.6 million views. Britain watched more than 3 million minutes of content and for the first time Walkers crisps were given space in the sandwich aisles of the major supermarkets, helping sell an extra 1.5 million packets of crisps.