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Paul Caiozzo/Julia Hoffman/Andy Minisman/Dan Treichel, art directors
Nathan Dills/Omid Farhang/Ryan Kutscher, writers
Thomas Rodgers, design
Ryan Kutscher, associate creative director
Jeff Benjamin/Rob Reilly/Bill Wright, creative directors
Chan Hatcher/Wyatt Jones/Matt Murphy/Adam Pertofsky, editors
Henry Alex Rubin, director
Amber Music, music
Harshal C. Sisodia, interactive producer
Aymi Beltramo, integrated producer
Chris Kyriakos, senior integrated producer
David Rolfe, integrated production director
Rock Paper Scissors, editorial company
Smuggler, production company
Crispin Porter + Bogusky, ad agency
Burger King, client
To coincide with the 50th Anniversary of the Whopper, Burger King conducted a social experiment removing the iconic Whopper from the menu. Phase One of the experiment explored deprivation to see what would happen if America's most beloved burger was removed from the menu 'forever without any announcement. Phase Two took the social experiment to another level when in lieu of the Whopper customers were given competitors' burgers. On December 9th, 2007, a variety of television, interactive, radio and print executions rolled out to promote the 50th anniversary of the Whopper. Along with the TV spots, whopperfreakout.com was introduced. This Web site featured a documentary outlining the entire experiment. The documentary was available for anyone to embed on their own Web site,and was uploaded to YouTube. Interactive flash and rich media banners were released to several Web sites to promote the campaign. Radio was also aired, made out of actual customers drive thru audio. Our Whopper Freakout campaign drove traffic and sales of the Whopper up 29 percent. Not only did the campaign drive significant brand relevance but the ads became the most-recalled campaign in IAG history. The Web site created for this campaign, whopperfreakout.com, received 4 million views by mid-March and had 250,000 unique visitors in the month of December alone. Spoofs and parodies of the television ads were created and posted on YouTube. Not only did the campaign help strengthen the sales at Burger King restaurants nationwide, but competitors showed signs of slower traffic."

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