The New York Bakery Co., the market leading bagel brand, is on a mission to shake up breakfast and make NYBCo. synonymous with weekday breakfasts. The campaign, created by Recipe, has been born out of extensive breakfast research; parents need bold breakfasts that can keep up with their big characters, and as a brand born within the chaos of the big city and a product that delivers a much bigger breakfast, we felt as though NYBCo. was perfectly placed to position its bagels as the better weekday breakfast option.
At the heart of the campaign is Recipe’s cinematic and playful 60” film starring George, the already established and much-loved brand character who is authentic and straight-talking; full of life, spark and that trademark New York charm. For George, anything for breakfast other than a New York bagel is a “lousy imitation” and should not even be called breakfast. The film, which complements the brand’s existing ‘New York or Nothin’ brand ad, sees George land in the UK, where he is shocked to learn Brits eat toast, not bagels, for breakfast.
Cue a playful protest from George as he calls on Londoners to “ditch the toast for breakfast, eat a bagel. It’s the Toast of New York.” This move to promote bagels as ‘a real breakfast to get up for’ is a fun, tongue-in-cheek mission that talks directly to UK consumers through the camera. The hero film will launch on social media from 11th April. It was preceded two weeks earlier by the pre-campaign launch of ‘The British Toast Association’ with its own slightly unremarkable billboard, website and Instagram account.
The campaign is supported by an equally bold marketing push across OOH and BVOD media. Special build 96,48, and 6-sheet formats, created by Recipe, celebrating bagels as the ‘Toast of New York’ will hit major commuter locations, including London’s Waterloo, to land, quite literally, the bagel’s ample size in giant 3D models and spread the message nationwide, that NYBCo. bagels deliver a much bigger, better and bolder breakfast.
Creative Agency – Recipe
Creative team at Recipe – Mike Plumridge & Graeme Bowman & Martin Gillan
Strategy at Recipe – Dom Roe & Arabella Saunders
Account Director – Laura Merchan
Account Manager – Evie Thomas
Agency Producer – Alex Kemp
Production Company – Recipe
Production Manager – Beatriz Perez
Production Assistant – Lily Doswell
Director – Pete Roe
Post Production – Recipe
Editor – Anu Gopalakrishnan
Head of Design – Shilpa Dhere
Designer at Recipe – Harvey Finch
Music – Love Comes Along – Premium Beat; Composer – The Commandeers
Audio Design – Simon Harris
Colourist – Mike Keelin
Director of Photography – Franklin Dow
Media Agency – MediaCom
Social & PR Agency – Wild Card
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