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‘It’s Getting Hot in Herre'. McDonald's McSpicy Asks The Nation If They Can Take The Heat

Created by Leo Burnett, the ad encourages people to take part in a #McSpicyDebate

By Creative Salon

McDonald’s has announced the launch of the McSpicy burger onto its menus for a limited time offer, with a new ad campaign that invites customers to engage on social in one of the most hotly debated dinner table discussions: how spicy is it?

The campaign, created by Leo Burnett, plays on the subjectivity around how spicy food is by encouraging people to take part in a #McSpicyDebate. Customers can rate the spiciness of the hottest new addition to Maccers’ menu on social by selecting one of four spice tribes they belong to: “A lil’ kick”, “Pretty spicy actually”, “HOT, HOT, HOT” and “My mouth’s on FIRE!”.

Thomas O’Neill, head of marketing food & beverages of McDonald’s, said: “We’re really excited to be bringing the McSpicy to our menu. We wanted to create a campaign that leans into the inevitable debate our customers will be having about spice – and the result is certainly going to get people talking.”

In media planned and bought by OMD, dynamic OOH will pull live results from national and regional Twitter polls into panels dotted around the country, giving consumers an insight into the leading spice tribe. Digital OOH panels will also be adorned with user generated Tweets, further showing consumer opinions on the McSpicy.

The campaign will also be served on display, social and app – including a McSpicy Snapchat lens and its own custom emoji and GIFs developed by Leo Burnett, so people can have fun interacting with the campaign. OMD has also brokered a social content partnership with LADbible, featuring those who’ve put their tastebuds to the test and tried the McSpicy for themselves.

Mark Elwood, executive creative director of Leo Burnett, said: “Spice is so subjective – what might be eye wateringly hot for some, may be a mere tingle for others. Telling customers the McSpicy is ‘hot’ could fuel disappointment to hardcore spice fiends or alienate others with a weaker constitution... So why not invite customers into the debate to judge our burger for themselves.”

Accompanying the social campaign will be a 30s TVC directed by Simon Neal and produced by UNIT9. ‘First Bites’ is an entertaining and authentic celebration of Britain and Ireland’s diverse taste buds set to Nelly’s ‘Hot in Herre’ iconic soundtrack. The 30s spot records the genuine reactions of the cast on trying the new burger and the ad’s light-hearted and playful approach and tone will remind people of McDonald’s ‘Hungry Eyes’, ‘Ker-ching!’ and ‘We Deliver’ ads we’ve seen in recent times.

For the launch of the campaign, McDonald’s will disrupt the traditional radio ad break with a Global partnership that’ll see Roman Kemp and Jamie Theakston lay bare their spice tolerances in engaging pieces with Dexter, the voice of McDonald’s. Some of the nation’s favourite podcasters will weigh in on the debate too, with Sh**ged, Married Annoyed and Two Pints with Will and Ralph lined up to give their view on McDonald’s newest product.

There will also be a series of PR activations from PR agency Red, from influencer debates, celebrity samplings and national PR and social activations.

The campaign will run for six weeks between 14 July and 24 August in the UK and Ireland while the limited time offer is available.

CREDITS

CAMPAIGN TITLE: #McSpicyDebate

CLIENT: McDonald’s

VP MARKETING & FOOD DEVELOPMENT: Michelle Graham-Clare

DIRECTOR MARKETING & FOOD: Steven Howells

HEAD OF MARKETING – FOOD & BEVERAGES: Thomas O’Neill

MARKETING MANAGER: Jo Conlon

SENIOR BRAND MANAGER: Lucy Johnson

CAMPAIGN ASSISTANT: Celia Brown

ADVERTISING AGENCY: Leo Burnett

CCO: Chaka Sobhani

EXECUTIVE CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Mark Ellwood

CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Andrew Long and James Millers

HEAD OF PLANNING: Tom Sussman

COPYWRITER: Alice Pearce

ART DIRECTOR: Aaron Taylor

DESIGNER: Sam Kallen and Jakk Breedon

PLANNER: Benjamin Obadia

BUSINESS LEAD: Ana Saffer

ACCOUNT DIRECTOR: Jack Brenman

ACCOUNT MANAGER: Imi Malone

ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE: Hope-Precious Engele

PROJECT MANAGER: Siobhan Mulcahy

AGENCY PRODUCER: Alex Taylor

Photography PRODUCER: Jo Hodge

MEDIA BUYING AGENCY: OMD

LA PRODUCTION COMPANY: Unit 9

LIVE ACTION DIRECTOR: Simon Neal

FS PRODUCTION COMPANY: Food Hall London

FOOD SEQUENCE DIRECTOR: Scott Grummett

RADIO PRODUCER: Adam Furman

PR AGENCY: Red Consultancy

EDITOR: Nick Armstrong, TenThree

POST-PRODUCTION COMPANY: Framestore

AUDIO POST-PRODUCTION COMPANY: Factory

PHOTOGRAPHER: Scott Grummett

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