Looking for Love and Mr. Tayto

In Ireland, Selling Chips By Setting Up Dates

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Brand: Tayto
Brand Owner: Largo Food Exports
Category: Snack Foods
Region: Ireland
Date: Jan.-March 2008
Media Agency: MindShare
Other Agencies: McCann Erickson, Boondoggle
Media Channel: Internet, TV, Print, Out of Home, Radio

Tayto was suffering. Potential consumers thought the potato-chip brand was old-fashioned and favored rival Walkers, which had taken its No. 1 spot. The brand needed an injection of fun to make it more relevant.

The communications solution was to position "Mr. Tayto" as a single man looking for love. This involved seeding his dating quest online through YouTube, Bebo, Facebook and blogs before broadening the message into more-traditional media.
Mr. Tayto: Looking for love.
Mr. Tayto: Looking for love.

The "Mr. Tayto looking for love" strategy was designed as an interactive campaign to find him a partner. The message was placed in key female programs on TV; print ads announced the search in the national press; while posters and billboards took his quest for passion to the streets.

On radio, branded content -- [email protected] -- featured advice from listeners as well as interviews with potential Mrs. Taytos.

Digital touchpoints were heavily accessed with 10,000 YouTube views, 10,000 social-media views and 2,300 visitors to the blog. The free publicity was valued at more than $660,000.

As a result of the activity, Tayto has become No. 1 again and Nielsen sales figures show a 2.5% increase in volume after three years of decline.

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