Snickers: Advertising & Brand Profile

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Snickers is the world's top-selling candy bar, and a key pillar of the Mars confectionery portfolio. According to research from Euromonitor, it overtook stablemate M&Ms as the world's best-selling confectionery product in 2012. Global retail sales are estimated at around $3.7bn, almost half of that from the US, where it is the #1 impulse snack bar, and among the top five take-home brands. The product comes in several sizes, as well as in the form of ice cream bars and cones, and scoop ice cream.

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Recent stories from Adbrands Weekly Update:

Adbrands Weekly Update 2nd Mar 2017: Ads of the Week: "Recovery Room". Here's BBDO New York's hilarious new spot for Snickers, depicting a medical disaster. This would be brilliant if it was your own phone involved. Somebody else's not so much. The "You're Not You When You're Hungry" creative concept clearly has plenty of miles left on the clock. 

Adbrands Weekly Update 9th February 2017: Ads Of The Week: "LIVE Super Bowl Commercial". Here's another clever Super Bowl ad, one that may in fact have been a little too clever for its own good. Mars and BBDO NY made a big thing in advance of the Big Game that their Snickers ad with Adam Driver would be performed LIVE. That allowed the resulting spot (which we're guessing was actually pre-recorded) to make archly clever use of the long-running "When You're Hungry" slogan. In this case: "You Ruin Live Super Bowl Commercials When You're Hungry". It's post-modern to an extreme, so the subtlety of that conceit was probably lost on most of the viewing audience. But, hey, there's enough slapstick and violence to keep even the least sophisticated viewer happy.

Adbrands Weekly Update 4th Feb 2016: Ads of the Week: "Marilyn". BBDO New York manages to top almost all of its previous work on Snickers, including last year's Danny Trejo/Marsha Brady mash-up, with this brilliant new installment in the You Aren't You When You're Hungry series. Even the world's most glamorous movie star is susceptible to hunger pangs. The outrageous stunt casting provides a major additional surprise.

Adbrands Weekly Update 9th Oct 2014: Ads of the Week: "You're Not Kung Fu When You're Hungry". Clearly Rowan Atkinson has his eye on a new McLaren supercar... Why else would he decide to return to advertising for the first time in almost two decades, in a witty new take by AMV BBDO on Snickers' "You're Not You When You're Hungry" concept. We're still baffled by the global popularity of Mr Bean, though we have to admit the character is extraordinarily effective in small doses. He was one of the best things about the London Olympics opening ceremony, and makes this one of the cleverest Snickers ads to-date. (We'd happily remove our own eyes with a spoon to avoid witnessing that Joan Collins spot ever again).

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