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Dairy Queen Children’s Choir Guilts Parents Into Taking a Summer Day Off

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Dairy Queen and creative agency Barkley are challenging parents to take a day off to spend time with their kids in new campaign

Dairy Queen Children’s Choir Guilts Parents Into Taking a Summer Day Off
42% of parents didn’t take a single day off in the past year. To combat this disturbing statistic, Dairy Queen and creative agency Barkley are challenging parents to get OOO for their kids by taking a summer skip day.

Beginning on June 21st to coincide the longest day of the year, the #SummerSkipDay campaign implores parents to play hooky from work and spend the day with their kids. DQ uses a children’s choir, The Summer Skip Day Singers, to deliver a guilt trip that no parent can ignore. The choir performs classic songs we know by heart, but with new lyrics that have a brutally honest bite, in summer locations like a lake, a baseball field and a park to show parents where they should be with their kids instead of at the office

Songs include Guilt Trip set to the tune of Ode to Joy and Working This Whole Summer set to the tune of I've Been Working on the Railroad with lyrics like, “You don't have to write that email, forget those status reports. Wouldn't you feel better at the pool in some shorts?”.

“Dairy Queen has filled our fans’ summer memory banks for 80 years,” says Maria Hokanson, VP of Marketing at International Dairy Queen. “Recently, we’ve noticed that many parents have lost touch with their summer selves by staying at work. We felt like it was time to encourage our fans to take a day off and make a memory with their kids.”

To entice parents to call in a skip day all summer long, DQ is launching a new app that offers a free Blizzard upon download and will release five new offers every week. Influencers and their families will take over DQ social channels with the mission to do as many summer activities as humanly possible. DQ will be giving them tips and tricks on how to make the most of their skip day, like proper cannonball form and how to turn khaki pants into khaki shorts.

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Production Company

Production Company: RW2

Director: Kevin Schowengerdt

DOP: Jason Cantu

Producer: Marie Dougherty

Post Production / VFX

Post Production Company: Barkley

Colourist: Tyler Rothm

Producer: Lauren Alexander


Edit Company: Barkley Films

Editor: Lauren Alexander

Creative Agency

Creative Agency: Barkley

Copywriter: Scott Roberts

Art Director: Scott Roberts

Strategist: Scott Roberts

Producer: Shawn Wallace

Executive Creative Director: Katy Hornaday

Group Account Directors: Stephanie Parker

Executive Producer: Melany Esfeld

Account Supervisor: Chris Mason

Group Creative Directors: Katy Hornaday

Managing Director, Client Engagement: Chris Mason

Sound Mix: Patrick Meagher

Associate Creative Director: Joe DeSalvom, Kyle Anthony


Advertiser: Dairy Queen

Marketing Manager: Lisa Jesser (integrated)

PR and Social Media Manager: Bri Bauer

Head of Content Marketing: Jenell Lammers

EVP: U.S. Marketing - Maria Hokanson

Categories: Food, Dairy

Barkley, Wed, 20 Jun 2018 16:36:22 GMT