McDonald’s And Uber Eats Team Up To Punk Sea Life Aquarium With Iconic Shark Bus

McDonald’s And Uber Eats Team Up To Punk Sea Life Aquarium With Iconic Shark Bus
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Uber Eats has teamed up with McDonald’s to punk Sea Life Aquarium in its latest campaign.

Sea Life Kelly Tarlton’s city to aquarium shuttle is a well-known sight in Auckland. It’s been constantly ferrying sightseers from downtown Auckland to the aquarium for more than 10 years.

This summer, Uber Eats gave the shark bus something to chase.

To highlight that you can order McDonald’s via the Uber Eats app and get it delivered to your door, a car-sized Filet-o-Fish popped up to cheekily tease the shark for nine days, with its crispy looking patty and ‘cooked-to-perfection-steamed bun’.

Working closely with custom builders and set modellers, a road-worthy custom built Filet-o-Fish burger car was constructed and passed NZTA and LVVTA checks.

The car is 30:1 the size of a Filet-o-Fish.

After releasing it unannounced one morning, the chase quickly filled social media feeds, hit the front page of Reddit and clocked more than 100,000 likes.

The campaign was devised by Special Group New Zealand, who developed this innovative and quirky idea and surrounding integrated marketing campaign for Uber Eats New Zealand.

Special Group marketing director AUNZ, Steve Brennen said: “We were excited about this campaign as it provided a cool surprise and delight opportunity, and highlighted our quirky side that we knew would resonate with Aucklanders.

“It was great to bring our partnership with McDonald’s to life and the response both on and offline was fantastic.

“People absolutely loved it.”

Special Group worked with a skilled team of partners including Wonder Group, Fraser Cars Ltd and Cutting Innovations to bring to life the little burger car; Oddboy for the game production;  Nimble and Paul Ross Jones for producing the supporting campaign materials; Pead PR for the social media and PR elements; FUSE covering social content for McDonalds.

From Tamaki Drive to Auckland CBD, the little burger car turned heads and got everyone smiling when it appeared between 15-23 February.

An Uber Eats ‘Shark Bait’ mobile game followed, taking the campaign to the whole country.

The game was played more than 60,000 times in just a week.

Special Group ECD, Tony Bradbourne: “The reactions were pretty funny when people saw this little guy getting chased – it stopped traffic.”

Campaign Credits:

Uber Eats

  • Marketing Manager NZ: Caylie Honeycombe
  • Brand & Campaigns Coordinator: Natasha Van Der Laan
  • Head of Communications, NZ: Nicky Preston – Head of Communications
  • Head of Brand Au/NZ: Georgie Jeffries
  • Director of Marketing Au/NZ :Steve Brennen

Special Group

  • Executive Creative Director: Tony Bradbourne
  • Group Business Director: Marcelle Baker
  • Senior Account Manager: Bonnie Shum
  • Digital Director: Stu Mallarkey
  • Social & Digital Manager: Daisy Conroy-Botica
  • Strategy Director: Celia Garforth

Car Production

  • Wonder Group: Buster Caldwell
  • Fraser Cars: Scott Tristram
  • Cutting Innovations: Alec Stringer

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