HUNGRY PUFFS

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TitleHUNGRY PUFFS
BrandFOODBANK WA
Product / ServiceHUNGRY PUFFS
CategoryA10. Not-for-profit / Charity / Government
EntrantTHE BRAND AGENCY Perth, AUSTRALIA
Idea Creation THE BRAND AGENCY Perth, AUSTRALIA
Media Placement THE BRAND AGENCY Perth, AUSTRALIA
PR THE BRAND AGENCY Perth, AUSTRALIA
Production THE BRAND AGENCY Perth, AUSTRALIA
Production 2 SOUNDBYTE Perth, AUSTRALIA
Additional Company FOODBANK Perth, AUSTRALIA

Credits

Name Company Position
Charmaine Don Foodbank WA Marketing and Communications Manager
Marcus Tesoriero The Brand Agency Executive Creative Director
Dean Hunt The Brand Agency Creative Director
Nathan Teoh The Brand Agency Head of Art
Matt Wilson The Brand Agency Copywriter
Hayden Griffiths The Brand Agency Art Director
Emma Sadler The Brand Agency Business Director
Katrina Strugnell The Brand Agency Production Manager
Sarah Kappeler The Brand Agency Senior Account Manager
Tony Monaghan The Brand Agency Public Relations Manager
Dan Agostino The Brand Agency Head of Design
Janice Law The Brand Agency Designer
Luke Lucas The Brand Agency Digital Designer
Sofia Varano Della Vergiliana The Brand Agency Illustrator
Matt Taylor The Brand Agency Designer
Paul Hamilton The Brand Agency Head of Technology
Peter Farrell The Brand Agency Front End Developer
Matt Popkes The Brand Agency Head of Digital Strategy
Emily Colman The Brand Agency Strategist
Caitlin Jacobs The Brand Agency Producer
Mason Truong The Brand Agency Content Creator
Julian Farnan The Brand Agency Finished Artist
Angela Naaykens The Brand Agency Head of Media & Analytics
Jodie Allen The Brand Agency Media Planner & Buyer
Pete Townsend The Brand Agency Content Creator
Anna-Nicole Del-Re The Brand Agency Creative Services Manager

Why is this work relevant for PR?

Hungry Puffs is the empty box of cereal that caught people off guard. In the ‘moment of truth’ when shoppers were buying food for their own families, they were suddenly encouraged to support a much bigger cause – to help feed kids that go without breakfast every day. A simple idea that people couldn’t help but talk about it. Soon Hungry Puffs had the attention of influencers, celebrities and even politicians, creating so much interest it helped to overturn a proposed government funding cut – while creating meals for 625,000 hungry children along the way.

Background

The brief was to raise money and awareness to support Foodbank in delivering emergency food relief and breakfast programs to hungry children across Western Australia after the Government cut funding to the charity by $323,000 per annum just a month before Christmas. The aim was to fill the funding gap created by the funding cut to ensure food relief programs weren't cancelled and to raise awareness of the growing hunger crisis in the country - with more than 1 in 5 children experiencing food insecurity each year in Australia. The total budget - $15,000 AUD.

Describe the creative idea (20% of vote)

We created a new cereal brand, called Hungry Puffs – The breakfast over 100,000 West Aussie kids wake up to every day – nothing. In the lead-up to Christmas, entirely empty boxes of Hungry Puffs were stocked in over 40 major supermarket cereal aisles across Western Australia. Grocery shoppers who were in the process of buying food for their own families were then asked to support a much bigger cause – and help feed children who go without breakfast every day. To turn a box of nothing into something, shoppers simply had to purchase the product at the check-out along with their weekly groceries. A $5 box of Hungry Puffs providing 10 food deprived children with their next meal.

Describe the strategy (30% of vote)

Competing with a clutter of charities advertising in traditional media channels in the lead up to Christmas, Hungry Puffs used the supermarket shelf as a launch pad for PR attention. We convinced over 40 IGA supermarkets throughout the state to give up valuable shelf space, creating a ‘moment of truth’ when shoppers who were buying food for their own families were suddenly encouraged to support a much bigger cause and help feed kids that go without breakfast every day. Creating this unexpected moment in an unexpected environment was key to the campaign’s success.

Describe the execution (20% of vote)

As soon as boxes of Hungry Puffs reached supermarket shelves, the campaign took off, gaining traction with shoppers who began talking about it on social media. Our in-store sampling stations which included empty boxes of hungry Puffs and bowls of nothing, also got people talking. Soon influencers and celebrities got onboard telling people to look out for the stark black & white box in supermarket breakfast cereal aisles – a design that was hard to miss amongst a sea of joyful colour. As momentum built, even politicians got onboard, all the way up to the Premier of Western Australia, Mark McGowan. And as a result, all this attention helped overturn a proposed government funding cut for foodbank. Instead, the government agreed to double Foodbank’s funding support over the next four years. All while Hungry Puffs provided 625,770 meals to food-deprived children in the 2018 Christmas donation appeal.

List the results (30% of vote) – must include at least two of the following tiers:

• Tier 2: Target Audience Outcomes: As momentum built for Hungry Puffs, even politicians got onboard, all the way up to the Premier of Western Australia, Mark McGowan. And as a result, all this attention helped overturn a proposed government funding cut for foodbank. Instead, the government agreed to double Foodbank’s funding support over the next four years. • Tier 3: Business Outcomes: In 4 weeks, Hungry Puffs resulted in the creation of 625,770 meals for Western Australian children and raised $312,885. 62,577 boxes of Hungry Puffs were sold. Foodbank donations more than doubled during the campaign period, receiving 2.4 times more donations on the previous year (2017 to 2018). Hungry Puffs produced a 1973% ROI for Foodbank - on a campaign budget of $15,000 AUD. Foodbank has just reached an agreement with major supermarket chain, IGA which will see Hungry Puffs stocked in a further 208 stores across the state by the end of 2019. Through this gained momentum, Kellogg's has also got onboard to support the 2019 campaign, further funding and promoting Hungry Puffs.

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