This chocolate brand is offering to sponsor your canceled event

Effort from Romania's ROM continues company's string of unusual promotions

Published On
Sep 21, 2020

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2020 has been the year of canceled events, and for brands that planned to sponsor them, it's been a huge disappointment. But Romanian chocolate brand Rom has decided to capitalize on the cancellations for its own purposes.

The company is launching spin-off product Rom Buzz this year, and its marketing plan is to offer to sponsor a canceled event. The idea is that that Rom could never afford to back such a big to-do, but this year gives it an unprecedented opportunity. There's a website where you can browse its sponsorship package ideas, and it made pitch videos offering to support events such as a grass court tennis tournament, Europe's biggest soccer tournament and an international superhero conference (naming no names).

The campaign is by agency MRM/McCann in Bucharest, whose other work for the brand has included changing the image of Romanians on Google (from “stupid” to “smart”); educating people on the difference between Bucharest and Budapest and, back in 2011, provocatively replacing the Romanian flag on the product with a U.S. flag, igniting a wave of patriotism. 

"We wanted to bring a bit of optimism in the world by proposing a lighter tone of voice in a campaign that tackles the new normal,” said Catalin Dobre, chief creative officer at McCann Worldgroup Romania & regional creative director of McCann Central Eastern Europe, in a statement.

“When you have such a ballsy brand personality in your hands as we do with Rom, you feel you have to do it justice every time—yes, also during a pandemic. Enter the Romanian challenger thing once more, with the brand now twisting the worldwide negative narrative to its favor and coming up with this deliciously stupid ambition," added Ioana Zamfir, executive creative director at MRM Romania.



Sep 21, 2020
Client :
Agency :
MRM/McCann Romania
CCO McCann Worldgroup Europe :
Adrian Botan
CCO McCann Worldgroup Romania :
Catalin Dobre
Creative Director MRM :
Ioana Zamfir
Content Director MRM :
Ion Cojocaru
Creative Director McCann Worldgroup Romania :
Alexandru Vasile
Group Creative Director MRM :
Laura Belc
Group Creative Director MRM :
Adina Stanescu
Copywriter MRM :
Cosmin Voicu
Art Director MRM :
Laura Catea
Social Media Strategist MRM :
Codrin Badescu
Social Media Manager MRM :
Madalina Ciocan
Group Account Director MRM :
Andreea Sofrone
Junior Account Manager MRM :
Ana Smarandescu
Account Manager MRM :
Madalina Anghel
Media Planner UM :
Monica Nastase
Digital media planner UM :
Cristian Ene
Influencers manager UM :
Ramona Radu
PR Manager McCann Worldgroup Romania :
Carmen Bistrian
Corporate PR Executive McCann :
Corina Nica
Head of AV McCann :
Tiberiu Munteanu
AV Producer McCann :
Alexandru Platon
Director :
Radu Munteanu
Production House :
Marketing Director :
Gabriela Munteanu
Chocolate Category Manager :
Elena Petrea
Junior Brand Manager :
Alexandra Şoagher
Group Brand Manager :
Alina Crangă

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