Cadbury outlines 10-year brand platform

Cadbury Dairy Milk has outlined a 10-year brand communications platform strategy called Joyville in a bid to reconnect its brand marketing to its products.

Cadbury Joyville

The confectionary giant, which claims Dairy Milk sales account for 12% of the UK chocolate market, wants the new marketing platform to make its products a more prominent part of its experiential, digital and TV activity.

Matthew Williams, marketing activation director at Dairy Milk says that it was important that the new strategy maintained the levels of engagement of past ads, such as the Cadbury Gorilla and Eyebrows, but also that they move on and concentrate on the “core truth of the product.”

He says: “Joyville is an idea that connects with the product as much as it does the brand. The Cadbury Gorilla spot focussed on the brand but where it didn’t do so well was connecting with the product.”

Cadbury explains that the Joyville brand platform is based on a mythical place where Cadbury Dairy Milk is created. It has been developed to tap into consumers appetite for escapism and imagination seen in the popularity of films such as the Harry Potter series.

The first above-the-line campaign from Joyville started earlier this month (February 4th) to launch Cadbury Dairy Milk Bubbly in the UK. Experiential activity included chocolate fountains at shopping centres, Westfield London and the Bullring in Birmingham.

Williams says: “When you look at the marketing landscape a lot of creative advertising has been left behind during the recession. You don’t see the epic ads you used to. Brands are communicating rational truths and creativity can get left behind.”

Joyville will run alongside Cadbury’s Spots vs Stripes Olympic campaign and activity on individual brands such as Crème Eggs, but because Dairy Milk acts as Cadbury’s flagship brand, Joyville is expected to have a ‘halo effect’ and could “possibly” extend to other brands in the portfolio.