MACHINE’s ingenious Halloween campaign

Posted: November 12, 2012

MACHINE’s ingenious Halloween campaign

MACHINE recently launched this year’s ingenious Marmite Halloween tactical campaign, ‘Don’t be afraid of the Dark’, which encourages people to be brave and try the original dark stuff, because there really isn’t anything to be afraid of.

“With an icon brand like Marmite that has been around for almost 110 years, it is almost imperative to keep pushing the boundaries of traditional advertising in order to keep the product front of mind in an ever increasingly complex FMCG environment.  It is exactly for this reason that MACHINE has created some of the most exciting viral and tactical campaigns that the brand has been involved in to date’, says Neil Meyer, Brand Manager at Bokomo Foods.

The integrated campaign is the second Marmite activation from MACHINE, the first being the multiple award winning, ‘If Mother didn’t tell you about Marmite, what else didn’t she tell you?’ campaign which recently had a first rate showing at the Loeries, winning six awards in total, and more recently, a Bookmarks award.

MACHINE’s latest Marmite Halloween work, which builds on last year’s Gold Loerie winning poster campaign, has been implemented across multiple  channels and includes two Marmite Halloween graffiti walls at high traffic intersections in Johannesburg; Marmite Halloween posters which hint at three well known characters from horror movies; a beautifully hand illustrated book consisting of 13 short South African ghost stories; and limited edition bespoke Marmite jars which were hand crafted into caricatures of well-known horror personalities and will be auctioned off for charity.

‘Illustration and hours of craft sit at the core of this campaign. I believe this is some of the most beautifully executed work that the agency has ever done’’, said Jake Bester, Group Creative Director at MACHINE, ‘Most importantly, it also succeeds in placing Marmite in a younger consumer’s consideration set’.

To view the work click here:

To view the motion stop video of the graffiti wall, click here:



MACHINE is one of South Africa’s largest independent communications agencies with over 90 passionate employees offering a unique combination of award winning creativity, consumer insight and leading digital capabilities. The agency strategically engages consumers using four key pillars of competency; Research and Strategy, Shopper marketing and Loyalty, Digital (including mobile) and ATL amplification.

MACHINE believes that consumer insight sits at the heart of truly effective advertising.

MACHINE has offices in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban.
Contact info: Adrian Hewlett – 0823707052/021 4879100