Whole Earth launches £1.5m Team GB campaign by isobel

whole earth team gb campaign

Whole Earth, the official peanut butter supplier to Team GB, is investing £1.5m into a new creative campaign across video-on-demand (VOD) and out-of-home (OOH) billboards and 6-sheets to rally the nation’s support for Team GB for the Tokyo Olympic Games.

The campaign was created by independent creative agency isobel.

Whole Earth Team GB campaign

Part of the brand’s biggest marketing activation to date, the animated adverts will be shown between popular TV shows on playback services 4oD, ITV Hub and Sky. 

The creative will also be used on static billboards and digital 6-sheets across 129 high traffic footfall areas including key supermarkets, Westfield Shopping Centre in London and Manchester’s Trafford Centre. 

The integrated campaign is anticipated to reach 15-million people.

Isobel said the adverts were created through clever green-screen technology to transport Whole Earth’s Team GB brand ambassadors into the illustrated world of Whole Earth and bring to life the ‘With You the Whole Way’ campaign strapline.

The athletes are shown to have swapped out their usual equipment for a jar of Whole Earth. 

Two-time Olympic champion rower, Helen Glover MBE, is seen rowing a ‘boat’ jar down the Thames, while world champion gymnast Joe Fraser makes shapes on a peanut butter jar pommel horse. 

Both athletes were recently officially announced as going to the Tokyo Olympics.

The motivational campaign hints at the nutritional value of peanut butter to support an active lifestyle. It goes live on 28 June and runs until 31st August.

Isobel created the animated campaign, with media buying through Wavemaker and Ocean Media. 

It is being supported by paid social on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by Finn Communications, with PR activity led by Highlight PR.

The campaign will be further supported by key retailer activations in major supermarkets, with chances to win sporting goods and Team GB kits. 

In Asda stores shoppers will have the chance to win a PE lesson with Team GB gymnast, Joe Fraser, and Tesco will offer shoppers a prize of a school cycle lesson with bronze cycling medallist, Ed Clancy OBE.

Kirstie Hawkins, Whole Earth brand controller, said: “Our athletes are our nation’s heroes. They have worked so hard, in tough lockdown restrictions, to prepare for Tokyo. 

“We’re with them the Whole Way and we hope the engaging animated campaign can bring a smile to supporter’s faces, whilst they cheer on our athletes as they go for gold this summer. 

“The campaign forms part of Whole Earth’s marketing strategy to align the brand with sport and demonstrate how the plant-based goodness of Whole Earth can support an active lifestyle.”

Jamie Ramsay cycle trek

As part of Whole Earth’s wider campaign supporting Team GB in this year’s postponed Tokyo Olympic Games, the brand is also sending British adventurer, Jamie Ramsay, on an 80-day, 10,000km cycle journey around the UK to drum up national support and cheer for the team. 

This is especially important as the athletes face their first ever Olympics with no British spectators due to Covid-19.

Helen Glover fired the starting gun for the start of Ramsay’s journey on 5 May. Ramsay is expected to finish his trek on the commencement of the Olympics (23 July). He will end his adventure in the quirkily renamed, ‘Stokeyo’ (Stoke-On-Trent), rather than Tokyo, Japan.

People can follow Ramsay’s journey on Whole Earth’s dedicated Team GB landing page where they can also find interactive Team GB content including fun quizzes, prizes and commemorative products.