A Jamaican born Rasta, Levi Roots‘ has had a bit of a rollercoaster ride with his career and come from strength to strength ever since his appearance on Dragon’s Den way back in January 2007. Where he was successful in signing not one but two dragons, with the likes of both Peter Jones and Richard Farleigh, as investors by singing his pitch. He sold 40% of the company for a mere £50k but the investors did quite a bit more than just help with cash they also aided him get into stores and to where he is today. The company produces and sells a few variety of sauce’s which has twist of a Jamaican flavour, which he learned the recipes from his Grandmother. Gotta’ love Grandmothers.
Today Levi is basically the face of Reggae Reggae after all he is the perfect personification for the brand very much like Branson is for Virgin. So the obviously solution for the advertising is to make him the brand personality and to follow this through with every touch point in all communications. Keeping to the Jamaican rasta roots will inevitably be the largest POD as well as the simplest to succumbed successfully, yes there is direct competition and well done to you if any come’s straight to mind because basically Levi has created his own product category amongst the sauces. In the end Levi also basically did the job for the agency well at least made their lives that much simpler to do. If it is ever that simple, which we doubt.
JWT London was responsible for bringing Levi Roots to life, using the same production treatment to that of the British favourite Wallace & Gromit and you already have a winner. Then add Levi singing reggae to his BBQ food, while slightly adding in a touch of product information and their benefits amongst a catchy track. Finish off with the strap line, “Put some music in your food” and there my friends you have an ad straight from the advertising handbook for dummies. Before you judge let’s be honest now because this is simply is the best and only way in which you can advertise Reggae Reggae Sauce because if it were anything different it wouldn’t be on brand and even though it is the obvious it’s still a great piece of creative. Just goes to show sometimes the simpler is the best solution.
Well done JWT we likes.