Milk advertising turned inside out: Anchor targets teens in its latest campaign via Colenso BBDO

Anchor Milk Slams 1 Inside-out (1).jpgCB Exclusive - To engage a new audience who are skeptical of advertising, Colenso BBDO has launched a new campaign for Anchor which features three poems written and performed by World Champion Slam Poet, Harry Baker.

With a degree in mathematics and a sharp mind for science, Baker was an obvious choice to translate the nutritional benefits of milk into poems for teenagers. He explains complicated biology with relaxed rhyming prose to impart a fresh perspective on milk.

Anchor Milk Slams 2 Real (1).jpgThe words were brought to life in film by three visual artists who interpreted one poem each using their distinctive disciplines. Dance and style icon Parris Goebel choreographed "Blank Canvas", recent design graduate and budding filmmaker Megan Au shot "Real", andAnchor Milk Slams 3 Blank Canvas (1).jpg Assembly's visual effects team led by Jonny Kofoed created "Inside-out".

Says Dave Brady, CD, Colenso BBDO, Auckland: "I love the way each film feels so different. The process required bravery and trust from both the client and ourselves to hold the reins lightly and collaborate from a very early stage with some interesting and very talented creative people. All the films draw you in beautifully and keep hold of you."

The campaign aligns directly with Anchor's 'Go Strong' platform, the belief being that the nutrition in dairy provides the strength which builds confidence to give anything a go.

Says Kevin Taffs, marketing manager, Fonterra: "We were fascinated first by Harry's articulation of milk, and then the collaboration between local artists to illustrate the goodness it provides. I think they've done a marvellous job."  

Deliberate in positioning itself as the antithesis to traditional marketing, the campaign is designed to inspire teenagers to be themselves, and to create their own definition of strength.

Says Rachel Morgan, international group business director, Fonterra: "Everyone needs a healthy diet to reach their potential - especially young people who are still growing. We needed to reach a suspicious and possibly indifferent audience, and encourage them to reconsider dairy as being a relevant ingredient for balanced nutrition."

Says Brady: "I think it's fantastic that a brand like Anchor is talking to young people about building a strong body, getting out there in the world and giving it a go."

November last year saw Anchor celebrate 130 years as one of New Zealand's heritage brands.

Agency: Colenso BBDO

Client: Fonterra
Andy Dasgupta, Chief Marketing Officer
Clare Morgan, Marketing Director
Otavio Faccina, GM Anchor
Kevin Taffs, Marketing Manager

Poems by Harry Baker

Production Company ('Inside-out', 'Real'): Assembly
Production Company ('Blank Canvas'): Brett Goebel & Parris Goebel via Studio 23
Filmmaker/DOP ('Real'): Megan Au

Sound Design: Peter Hobbs, Harmonic Studio

Media Agency: MediaCom


Anchor, was that your commercial? said:
Thank you poster number 1. said:

That has to be the funniest post on CB for over a year.

Agree with poster number 2 said:

Give poster number 1 an award.

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