Video viral of the week: Joey Essex (and goat) star in Jaffa Cakes promo

Mar 21, 2019 | Ads, Content marketing, FMCG digital marketing, FMCG digital marketing food and beverages, Social media, Video, Viral

McVitie’s has launched a comedy hero film for its new Jaffa Cakes Nibbles campaign, ‘Jaffa Whaaaaat?’, starring popular TV star Joey Essex.

The integrated campaign sees McVitie’s pleading with Jaffa fans to help describe the new McVitie’s Jaffa Cakes Nibbles, which launched last month, after the brand confessed it had no idea what it had created.

The humorous hero film, which is now live across the brand’s social media channels, is directed by Jack Clough from HunkyDory Films, best known for directing the multi award-winning comedy ‘People Just Do Nothing’ (2014) and ‘Skins’ (2007).

In the 37-second film, Jaffa Cakes lovers are seen enjoying their McVitie’s Jaffa Cakes Nibbles in different moments – relaxing, working and commuting – before the star of the show, a pygmy goat* named ‘Nibbles’, appears everywhere they turn, like a scene from a horror film.

‘Nibbles the Goat’ is on the look-out for answers to find out what the McVitie’s Jaffa Cakes Nibbles really are, and she is not afraid to show her confusion, yelling an infectious “Whaaaaat?” sound whenever she sees them.

Joey Essex, who aptly portrays McVitie’s Jaffa Cakes playful and cheeky brand personality, is seen waiting in a beauty salon about to top up his orange tan while enjoying McVitie’s Jaffa Cakes Nibbles, when out comes the curious goat from inside the tanning booth staring him down. Sharing his confusion for both the McVitie’s Jaffa Cakes Nibbles and ‘Nibbles the Goat’, Joey asks in his typical fashion “What are YOU saying?!”.

The film aims to ignite a public debate around what the new McVitie’s Jaffa Cakes Nibbles really are (is it a cake, biscuit, chocolate?) and encourage the nation to share their own ludicrous descriptions on social media, using the campaign hashtag #JaffaWhaaaaat. It will run across multiple platforms including social media, radio and PR until 14 April 2019.

Emma Stowers, Brand Director for McVitie’s at pladis UK&I, said: “Whilst we made the new McVitie’s Jaffa Cakes Nibbles irresistible to nibble, they’re totally impossible to describe and we’re slightly stumped. We’re asking the nation to unleash their playful, cheeky side and help us describe them in their own unique way. We’re very excited to launch this fun, playful campaign which truly reflects the McVitie’s Jaffa Cakes brand personality and allows us to engage with its fans.”

The campaign film was produced by The&Partnership London and is the first campaign for McVitie’s Jaffa Cakes from the UK-based agency.

Micky Tudor, The&Partnership London Executive Creative Director, said: “We wanted to be mischievous, to provoke some Great British Biscuit Banter with this new McVitie’s creation. Using tongue in cheek messaging, we have asked the public if they think that McVitie’s Jaffa Cakes Nibbles are “zesty, orangey, chocolatey balls or sumptuous, sweet, spongetastic spheres?”. To help us find our answer, we’ve enlisted the help of several notoriously cheeky UK celebrities – Joey Essex, Jack Clough, Chris Hughes and Kem Cetinay; accompanied by Nibbles the Goat, together they will ask the nation to debate Jaffa Whaaaaat?”

Watch the Jaffa Whaaaaat? hero film here

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