As U.K. restaurants re-open for indoor dining, Burger King is on a mission to remind U.K. consumers that its burgers are flame-grilled and smoky-tasting, with a new campaign from BBH that includes luring people to its restaurants using "smoke trails."
The interactive AR experience, debuting at digital out-of-home sites across all major cities in the U.K. from May 21, starts with a billboard that invites people to scan a QR code to activate an Instagram lens. Using the poster as a marker, the smoke comes directly off the Whopper and will lead them in the precise direction of the nearest restaurant. Digital production company Makemepulse created a series of directional lenses that create smoke to align with the exact positioning of the installation and lead people directly to Burger King.
It's all part of a wider campaign centered around Burger King's smoky flavor. It includes a 20-second TV ad, directed by Andrew Gaynord of MindsEye, in which a woman discusses her conspiracy theory about why a Whopper tastes smoky (she claims it's doused in liquid smoke). It goes to explain that there are "no secrets, only fire" in the way a Whopper is cooked.
The TV ad was inspired by actual conspiracy theories about the Whopper found on Reddit. "When I first heard about the crazy conspiracy theories about the Whopper's flavor, I couldn't believe it," said Felipe Guimarães, creative director at BBH London in a statement. "Deciding to make those theories the basis for a campaign felt both insightful and quite funny."
The campaign also includes billboards, the first U.K. work to feature Burger King's new retro-style branding and typography.