Following the commercial success of Yakult’s 2016 TTL campaign, ‘Science not Magic’, the Japanese fermented milk drink brand is back with the next epic instalment.

The magical art of making Yakult takes place on a floating island paradise, where a red-dressed heroine performs numerous rituals, from the ‘ancient shuffle’ to the ‘mystical hand swirl’, to awaken the spirits of the beautiful gut. Before reaching full momentum, the mystical tale is interrupted and the revelation is delivered: Yakult is developed by Japanese scientists, with unique bacteria proven to reach the gut alive!

The 360° campaign, supported by TV, Print, Social, Outdoor and Radio, was created by Quiet Storm and continues to dispel myths surrounding Yakult’s creation, reinforcing in the narrative that Yakult is ‘A Little Bottle of Science (not magic)’.

As consumers are becoming increasingly educated about the products they are loyal to and include in their daily routines, the need to communicate Yakult’s unique live bacteria and the amazing amount of science behind the little bottle has been of central importance to inform purchase decisions.

The distinctive ‘epic’ feel of the creative has allowed for better cut through and enabled Yakult to extend their Japanese heritage and scientific credentials by making science relevant, engaging and fun. The new campaign will help further build upon Yakult’s science-based offering, boosting confidence in the minds of consumers.

In a competitive category, Yakult enjoyed an overall sales increase in 2017; with the previous Science Not Magic campaign helping to grow brand awareness and reach, through a broader range of channels, which helped to drive new customers to the brand.

 

Reshma Patel, Marketing Manager at Yakult UK, said: “Our strategy is to raise awareness of Yakult’s science positioning, heritage and product qualities which are unique to the brand.  We aim to encourage new consumers to join loyal Yakult drinkers and continue to grow the business by strengthening our distinctive brand personality within the category. The campaign created by Quiet Storm not only delivers on message, but does this in an engaging and entertaining way which will help encourage consumers to find out more about the product and reaffirm that Yakult is about science, not magic”.

Laurence Quinn, Creative Director at Quiet Storm, said: “In this latest campaign we have taken the ridiculous nature of the magical myths to a whole other level. We have Yakult being conjured in many different ways, from using ‘Mystical bubbles of glory’ to inside a ‘Floating island of wonder’. The campaign is a mix of mystical beauty from the Far East contrasted with no nonsense science. Hopefully people will be left with a smile and the reassurance that Yakult is an amazing little bottle packed with unique bacteria.”

The campaign will run across TV, online, print, digital and radio across the UK and Ireland from September 3rd.

PRODUCTION CREDITS

Creative Directors                            Matthew Mifsud, Laurence Quinn

Planner                                             Jon Howard

Art Director                                       Matthew Mifsud

Copywriter                                        Laurence Quinn

Account Director                              Miles McWilliam

Agency Producer                             Elin Tiberg

Director/ Production Co                 Tim Brown

Producer                                            Elin Tiberg

Editor                                                 David Owen

Post Production                               Coffee and TV

Sound Design                                   Wave

DoP                                                     Mark Patten

Media planning/buying                 Hearts & Science