Auckland - Saatchi & Saatchi New Zealand has set fire to a specially constructed Manuka wood billboard to launch Sealord’s new range of hot smoked salmon.
The unique hoarding was constructed using real Manuka wood branches and later set ablaze on a private farm in Clevedon to replicate the traditional smokehouse process used by Sealord.
The salmon is produced with brothers Joe and Gavin Kouwenhoven who have been smoking seafood the old fashioned way in their kilns in West Auckland since 2000. It is the only nationally available traditionally smoked salmon range in the country.
Saatchi & Saatchi’s Executive Creative Director Antonio Navas said: “When we learned about the wonderful artisan techniques involved in the creation of this delicious salmon, we were inspired to try and find a way to make this process the hero.”
Melissa Semmens, Brand Manager (Chilled) at Sealord said: “We’re very excited about this new product and, equally, the unconventional way Saatchi & Saatchi has chosen to help us talk about it.”
The now-charred billboard is in situ from this week at Ponsonby Central in Auckland. The campaign also includes an online film that captures the creation of the burning billboard, pre-rolls and digital banners.
Saatchi & Saatchi worked with Gyro and Gorgeous Films to create and capture the burn. All smoking was done in a controlled environment with safety crews on hand throughout.
Watch the creation of the burning billboard here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVOSov4Ck_A&list=UU8cinAuFPFjbZ6K8BkCEFBg