On April 1st, 2019, Burger King introduced a meatless burger to the menu: the Impossible Whopper. They duped several BK customers and filmed their reactions to eating a fake Whopper.
April Fools, right? Wrong.
Burger King really is beta testing the plant-based Impossible Whopper at several locations around St. Louis.
Why It’s Hot
It’s hot because BK picked a day when they knew everyone would be on the lookout for April Fool’s stunts. They knew they were going to get attention on April 1st and took advantage of it to introduce a new product.
Since April 1st fell on a Saturday, we likely were not scrolling the day away to see all the wonderful April Fools pranks pulled by brands this year. These are lighthearted and fun, something that we can forget is a perk of working in such a creative industry. We try to please our bosses and our clients, stay mindfully within our brand guidelines, come up with crisis management plans, try not to shake the boat, or shake the boat just enough to get those impressions – but 1 day a year, we can actually have some fun with the freedom of creativity.
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WHY ITS HOT:
The level of production on some of these videos is as high as any corporate campaign, which means planning
It’s highly enjoyable to watch creative teams have some fun with their brands
Pressure to compete among brands for best hoax is care-free competition