McDonald's released a series of posters in France that don't mention the fast food chain's name anywhere on the the ad. Do you know your Big Mac from your Double Whopper? A new campaign for McDonald's by TBWA Paris relies on consumers being able to do just that, highlighting six of the chain's 'iconic' products without a shred of branding. The Big Mac, Cheeseburger, Sundae, French fries, Chicken McNuggets and Filet-O-Fish need no introduction, according to the agency, which goes on to explain the campaign's concept thus: "Long speeches aren't necessary: everyone knows what they taste like and stand for. A logo would be redundent, you instantly understand who's talking to you." The campaign, which runs across France in print and outdoors, features close-up images of the items but eschewing logo or any other branded visuals (apart from maybe the grease-proof paper just visible in two of them). "The brand isn’t mentioned anywhere on these visuals, not a single indication would add to the impact of the communication," states the agency. "Because when a product speaks for itself, what more could we possibly say? But moreover, why should we say anything else?" It is accompanied by a similarly understated television campaign, directed by Xavier Mairesse, which shows people's reactions to the mouth-watering imagery and its aftermath, again with no reference to the brand in the script (see Interview and Yoga below).
Advertising Agency: TBW PARIS
Creative director: Jean-François Goize Food creative director: Maud Poilpré Photographer: Sue Atkinson
Creative director: Jean-François Goize Production: Wanda Film Director: Xavier Mairesse