WorkInProgress Creates Campaigns for Two Nescafe Brands

WorkInProgress Creates Campaigns for Two Nescafe Brands

May. 14, 2020

Full-service marketing agency WorkInProgress (WIP) has completed a pair of campaigns for client Nescafé’s GOLD and RICH brands for the Canadian market. WIP has worked with Nescafé for the last three years creating campaigns across a variety of products in their portfolio. This is the first work for RICH.

The GOLD work supports in-home specialty drinks such as lattes, cappuccinos, and mochas and will run nationally on TV throughout Canada as well as on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter), and other online video platforms.

Nescafé wanted to show viewers that the coffee escape they look forward to in their day can happen in the comfort of their own homes. The objective was to build awareness and drive trial of Nescafé GOLD’s specialty lattes, cappuccinos, and mochas and encourage people to add an in-home “specialty occasion” to their week in addition to those they spend out on the town. Then, COVID-19 happened and the idea of making in-home coffee became even more relevant.

The creative consists of several short and sweet videos (three :30, one :15 and 11 :6 second spots) that highlight the product with beautiful “making of” shots. They will run through July 5.

The out-of-home specialty coffee experience—say at a Starbucks or Tim Horton’s—is an involved, multi-step process in which a drink is crafted by a professional just for you. The thought of trying to mimic it at home is intimidating to individuals, so the spots visually demonstrate the ease of crafting Nescafé GOLD. In one spot, a male barista calls out a woman’s name when her coffee is ready only for viewers to realize she’s in her kitchen and the male barista is her boyfriend. “What’s easier than making a cappuccino at home?” titles say in another as the brew is made in under 10 seconds. “Making it disappear.”

Matt Talbot, WorkInProgress CCO, said:

“With Nescafé GOLD Specialty, there’s a much better chance of the barista getting your name right, because the barista is you—or in the case of the spot—your significant other.”


Meanwhile, WIP’s creative for Nescafé RICH is set to launch on national TV in Canada on May 25 and run through July 19. The brand has a loyal following, and the work is designed to communicate that Nescafé RICH is now available in single serve coffee on demand (SSOD).

The challenge? Visually communicating this shift from instant coffee to single serve pods. WIP created one :60, three :30 and one 15-second spots in which an apartment dweller goes next door to reclaim the single-serve coffeemaker he gave to his neighbor a while back. It’s a rather stilted conversation. They also delivered three 6-second spots that leveraged practical effects in production to show single coffee pods coming out of the already-familiar instant coffee jar to be used on social and across sound-off environments. 

Talbot added:

“Nescafé RICH’s SSOD will make a lot of people excited to use their single serve coffee maker again. Even if it requires an awkward conversation with a neighbor.”


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