The Chipotle Mexican Grill is organising a large-scale give away in London to visitors of a hidden 24-hour website. To get the link to this website, consumers have to follow the fast food chain’s social media channels.
On Black Friday 2011, the unprecedented marketing campaign Don’t Buy This Jacket by the apparel brand Patagonia hit the media declaring war on consumerism. The purpose was to alert people on the importance of not buying and then throwing useless things away. This angle was as controversial as it was successful. Since then, Patagonia is perceived as one of the most sustainable brands in the world.
Chipotle Mexican Grill goes from emotional animation to action-packed four-episode comedy series, “Farmed and Dangerous,” to raise concerns about food produced in non-ethical ways. The project that encourages the audience to take a new look at the world of industrial agriculture in America, and see the dangers of “improved” ways of growing cattle and vegetables.
Chipotle, an international Mexican food chain, is taking on the artificial food producers, Big Food, in the new ironical promotion, The Scarecrow. The brand, targeting Gen Y, has chosen a cartoon-based visual approach to communicate its sustainable philosophy through a 3½-minute animated video ad as well as a downloadable game. Interestingly enough, the promotional elements have virtually no branding—the chain’s logo appears only in the intro of the game and in the end of the spot, so that it contributes not to Chipotle only, but to the healthy eating standards in general.