First Spam ad in years as meat brand aims to sex up the sizzle

Rosie Baker
By Rosie Baker | 7 March 2018
The man in Spam

Spam isn’t just unwanted emails in your inbox, sometimes its unwanted meat in your cupboard. But with its first ads in decades, Spam wants to shake that perception and bring back the sizzle.

The quirky online ad campaign, created by Clemenger Brisbane, is trying to bring the heat back to the lacklustre meat.

While it remains popular with loyal fans, the brand knew too many cans were sitting uneaten in cupboards.

It wants to demonstrate that Spam can be more than a cold sandwich filler by associating it with an Aussie barbecue.

Jaynee Dykes, senior brand manager for Spam International says: “The brief was simple. Sell the sizzle. Spread the word about the sizzle that makes your mouth water. Encourage people to cook the Spam in their cupboard, and then of course, buy another one.”

“The team did a great job translating the global, ‘Sizzle Pork And Mmm’ platform into Australian BBQ culture to show people a new way to enjoy this versatile meat in a can.”

The series of online ads features The Spam Man, bizarrely dressed in a meat suit. The new campaign will roll out across online and social media. Media was handled by OMD Brisbane.

Cristian Staal, creative director of Clemenger Brisbane, says: “Australians clearly love to BBQ, but we can get overly passionate and a bit over-the-top about it.

"We realised that Spam fans feel the same way about their beloved brand. That’s where our guy with his perfectly-grilled pinstripe suit comes in.

“And I have to say, Spam Classic makes a regular appearance on our BBQ now. I’m a convert.”

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