White Castle hawks Chicken Rings in QVC-style Facebook Live event

The 40-minute livestream hit all the right tropes

Published On
Jul 03, 2018

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To promote its latest finger food offering, Chicken Rings, slider joint White Castle staged an impressively authentic home shopping event on Facebook Live. Hosts Heather and Janelle--great improv actors, apparently--riffed for more than 40 minutes about the glories of a breaded circles of white meat chicken and four accompanying dipping sauces.

The stunt, created by Merkley + Partners and Washington Square Films, featured all the best tropes of worst kind of television. The overly perky presenters marveled at the low-low price of a dozen Chicken Rings. They made corny puns while asking for awkward close-ups of the merchandise and dropped dark hints about the glumness of their real lives.

The pair was helped along by a series of guests: Sarah the Chicken Ring model (she has two degrees and a stay-at-home husband), Doug the ring appraiser, creepy caller Nick and poor, lovestruck Dylan, who gets too eager and proposes to his girlfriend of a week using a handy snack.

Not all of the interactions were scripted. Heather and Janelle responded in real-time to comments from viewers on Facebook while White Castle's page sent out prize notifications in the feed. In all, the stream drew more than 50,000 viewers.

Credits

Date
Jul 03, 2018
Audio Mix:
Sonic Union
Brand:
White Castle
Agency:
Merkley & Partners
Vice President, Marketing:
Lynn Blashford
Restaurant Brand Manager:
Steve Zvonek
Communications Supervisor:
Raydelle Clement
Digital Marketing Manager:
Aaron Lahman
Chief Executive Offier:
Alex Gellert
Exec. Creative Director/Partner:
Andy Hirsch
Group Creative Head/Copywriter:
Eddie Van Bloem
Group Creative Head/Art Director:
Saks Afridi
Copywriter:
Michael Williams
Art Director:
Jacqui Bontke
Director Broadcast Production:
Gary Grossman
Senior Producer:
Alex Kobak
Business Affairs Director:
Pam Carden
Business Manager:
Pat Milo
Group Account Director:
Maggi Vale
Account Supervisor:
Lauren Gonzalez
Account Executive:
William Brzozowski
Executive Vice President, Director, Digital Integration:
Jennifer Cimmino
Associate Director, Social Media:
Kimberly Price
Dr Digital Project Manager:
Tiffany Chaplin
Content Manager:
Benjamin Delatte
Director:
Carrie Stett
Executive Producer:
Kyle Martin
Producer:
Aaron Rosenbloom

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