VEGANUARY HELPLINE

THE BRIEF

With Veganuary annually calling out to meat eaters and vegetarians alike to go vegan for the month of January, we wanted to help

meat-alternative brand THIS™, break through the noise.

THIS Veganuary telephone box advert outside favorite chicken shop
THIS veganuary phone box helpline in London

THE CHALLENGE

Veganuary having become pretty popular in recent years, it is difficult for brands to say something that cuts through.

 

2021 was no different, with every food company and their dog trying to get in on the trend – so we had a challenge on our hands to stand out from the tofu-plugging-crowd of seitan-mongers.

 

THIS™ being a rather young challenger brand, we had to drive mass awareness with a minimal budget, so we developed an idea that would earn media and gain PR.

THE INSIGHT

It’s thought that between 50 and 80% of people doing Veganuary break before the end.  That’s why we focussed on the challenge of Veganuary itself, creating something that actually helps people at the moment they are most likely to succumb to eating meat, and breaks the mould of what a traditional campaign looks like.

 

We wanted to show that temptation is okay, and prove that THIS™ is a brand that actually wants to help their customers and give them a fun experience – rather than just go on about how realistic their products are.

THIS veganuary tempted by chicken box call number

THE EXECUTION

We launched a live call centre, a helpline if you will, to help meat reducers, vegetarians and vegans deal with the temptation of eating meat.

 

We teamed up with up-and-coming comedians to monitor the helpline live (everyday from 10am - 10pm, until the end of January). They answered people’s calls with an abundance of meat-based jokes, plant-based puns and animal noises, to help people get through the month of no meat with smiles on their faces.

 

We created posters displayed on BT telephone boxes outside fast food outlets including McDonald’s, KFC, Burger King, Chicken Cottage and Taco Bell. We also hired an ad van for the month, driving through London and parking outside well known fast food chains.

 

Realising we're currently living in what feels like a never-ending repetition of lockdowns, the campaign also extends across paid social with rug pull style ads, aiming to catch people who are thinking of breaking out of Veganuary.

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THE RESULTS

The helpline was running hot through the whole month of January with approximately 300 calls per day.

80+ pieces of press coverage

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