Working from home has become the new normal for many people this year, but recent Statistics Canada data shows that less than 40% of Canadians have a job that can be plausibly carried out from home.
While 85% of jobs in finance and insurance can be done from somewhere other than the office, for example, that number drops to 45% for real estate professionals and to less than 15% for outdoor-focused sectors like construction.
Regardless of where they work, however, the afternoon pick-me-up is a treasured ritual for Canadian workers, and Reese is committed to ensuring that people working outside the house have the same access to its Reese Outrageous bar as their WFH colleagues.
Working with its agency partner Mosaic, the Hershey brand created “The Outrageous Flying Snack Cupboard”—a replica of the snack cupboard found in homes all across Canada, except this one stuffed with Reese treats. The cupboard was then flown via a giant drone to three outrageously inconvenienced Canadians working outside their house: A construction worker, a lifeguard and real estate agent.
“At Reese, we’re all about bringing people to their happy place,” said Azim Akhtar, Marketing Manager - Reese. “And with the challenge of promoting a new chocolate bar in the middle of a pandemic, we knew we had to do more than just make another ad—we wanted to do something that was truly culturally relevant.
When we thought about the reality of today’s world where many of us are working from home, we realized one of the benefits is having unlimited access to snacks and treats. But that got us thinking about the people who haven’t been able to work from home. With The Outrageous Flying Snack Cupboard, we combined a classic kitchen snack cupboard with the latest drone technology to surprise workers on location and bring their happy place to them, wherever they are. It’s a memorable act of kindness that’s as outrageous as the bar itself.”
It was the first-of-its-kind promotion for Reese’s new chocolate creation, which combines Reese’s Pieces, chocolate, peanut butter and caramel to create a mouth-watering combination.
“When Hershey came to us with this amazing opportunity, we were really excited about the chance to produce something as outrageous as the bar itself,” says Dave Thornhill, Creative Director at Mosaic North America. “So, we wanted to create something authentic—an act instead of an ad—that would be relevant in the unique cultural context we’re living in right now.”
The stunt component is being supported by a media buy from UM Canada that includes Facebook and Instagram, complemented by partnerships with publishers catering to the core A18-34 audience.
Title: The Outrageous Flying Snack Cupboard
Head of Marketing: Jackson Hitchon
Senior Marketing Manager: Mathieu Gamache
Marketing Manager: Azim Akhtar
Assistant Marketing Manager: Dulangi Kapugama
Agency: Mosaic North America
Executive Creative Director: Jess Willis
Creative Director: Dave Thornhill
Associate Creative Director: Sam Luck
Writer: Zach Guitor
Vice President, Client Service: Chris Desjardins
Account Director: Carly Syme
Senior Account Manager: Danielle Cousens
Production Company: Nimble Content
Director: Brett Blackwell
Director of Photography: Brett Blackwell
Executive Producer: Andrew Lynch
Line Producer: Kyle Welton
Music and sound design: Kristian Delchev
About Hershey Canada Inc.
Hershey Canada Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) and distributes and sells leading confectionery, snack, refreshment and grocery products across Canada. Top brands include: REESE, HERSHEY'S, TWIZZLERS, OH HENRY!, JOLLY RANCHER and CHIPITS.
About Mosaic North America
Mosaic is an integrated marketing agency that builds brands in dimension to make the world a better experience. Mosaic creates, designs and executes strategically-led experiences that make brands more visible and more valuable in culture, in-store and online. For more information, visit www.mosaic.com.