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McDonald’s Australia Channels Bon Jovi to Celebrate Friends, Family and Food

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DDB Sydney launches 'Together & Lovin’ It' platform featuring 'Livin’ on a Prayer'

McDonald’s Australia Channels Bon Jovi to Celebrate Friends, Family and Food

McDonald’s and DDB Sydney have debuted a new creative platform, ‘Together & Lovin’ It’, to kick off a Summer of great Aussie combinations: family, friends, and flavours. 

The platform spotlights that when things are combined in just the right way, great things can happen. Especially during a Summer in which Aussies will be Together & Lovin It.

In the lead up to launch, the platform was teased by showcasing great Aussie combinations and asking people who they are going to spend their Summer with through print, social, OOH, TV, and in-stadium executions.

The official launch has now been led by a hero TVC celebrating the magic of a road trip to bring people together. 

The 60-second spot features cars packed with family and friends, a man changing a muddy tyre for a vehicle with the numberplate NU663T, and one duo on an electric scooter, all set to the most epic sing-a-long of all: Bon Jovi’s ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’. And of course, it wouldn’t be a Summer road trip without a stop (or more) at Macca’s.

The thought of ‘Together & Lovin’ It’ has been extended through multiple activations including billboards at Sydney airport to welcome people back home, a social content series to bring the beauty of a road trip to life, and much more. 

Altogether, the fully-integrated campaign – the brand’s biggest Summer campaign ever – stretches across TV, print, OOH, radio, digital, PR and social.

McDonald’s marketing director Tim Kenward said: “Macca’s is an iconic part of Aussie summer. In addition to bringing together the perfect combination of ingredients to make our iconic products, Macca’s is also known for bringing people together to create meaningful memories. 

“After a year of constant change, ‘Together & lovin’ it’ is a timely reminder of the joy and happiness that comes with being together with friends, family and those we love.”

DDB Sydney executive creative director Matt Chandler said: “This is the Summer of being reunited, of roads packed with people off to see loved ones, or going on holidays. And a road trip just isn’t the same without a trip to the Macca’s. This campaign is all about capturing the thrill of being together and lovin’ it. Because as a wise man once said, ‘We’ve got each other and that’s a lot.’”

From now until the end of Summer, Macca’s is ensuring people are ‘Together & Lovin’ It’ through a range of iconic brand partnerships, collaborations, promotions, and new menu items, including the recently announced Tim Tam McFlurry, Chicken Big Mac, Big Mac Bacon, Onion Rings, and BBQ Sauce, with more to come. 

The campaign also features media sponsorships, including bespoke sing-a-long movies with Moonlight Cinema, and Macca’s Summer of Spin with Warney and Vaughny (cricketers Shane Warne and Michael Vaughan).

The first work as part of the new platform caps off DDB’s 50th year of partnership with McDonald’s locally. The brand celebrated its 50th Australian birthday in July with a campaign thanking customers and crew members alike.

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Client: McDonald’s Australia

Chief Marketing Officer: Chris Brown

Marketing Director: Tim Kenward

Senior Brand Manager: Liz Whitbread

Brand Manager: Chloe Brannagan

Creative, digital and PR agencies: DDB Group Sydney - DDB Sydney, Tribal Australia, and Mango Communications

Media agency: OMD

Production company: Scoundrel

Director: Tim Bullock

Producer: Morgan Benson-Taylor

Executive Producer: Adrian Shapiro

DOP: Shelley Farthing- Dawe

Production Designer: Miles Pitt

Post-Production: Adam Wills

Editor: Adam Wills

Colourist: Fergus Rotherham

Flame: Soren Dyne

Sound: Sonar

Executive Producer: Sophie Haydon

Sound Design: Timothy Bridge

DDB Sydney, Mon, 06 Dec 2021 09:03:32 GMT