What brands are doing for Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day

We have rounded up five brand campaigns that aim to support Comic Relief’s efforts for this year’s Red Nose Day – taking place today (24 March).

Maltesers hopes to donate £1m with ‘Bake a million’ campaign

Fancy yourself the next Mary Berry? You’re in luck. Just like last year, Maltesers is encouraging consumers to get baking and upload a picture of their Red Nose Day bake alongside the hashtag #bakeamillion to social media. For each cake or bake photo uploaded, the brand has promised to donate £5 towards their £1m total donation.

The #bakeamillion campaign is supported by a digital-led campaign called ‘Any Cake, Any Shape’, which aims to inspire the entire nation to get baking this Red Nose Day – no matter their baking ability.

“We are once again calling on Britain’s home bakers to put on their aprons and have a laugh in the kitchen, all for a good cause. We know that 50% of households bake and that bake sales continue to be one of the biggest fundraising drivers for Comic Relief,” Bep Dhaliwal, trade communications manager at Mars Chocolate UK, says.

Walkers and Sainsbury’s chip in

Doing good while saving money – surely no one could say no to that? That’s what Walkers and Sainsbury’s are banking on, as the brands have partnered to offer customers purchasing a six pack of Walkers crisps the chance to win £50 off their next shop.

It works like this: running between 15 March and 4 April, 500 lucky Sainsbury’s shoppers will be picked at random at the check-out, and will instantly win a £50 voucher. What’s more, Walkers will double the benefit by donating £50 to Comic Relief for every £50 won by a shopper.

Every £50 donation for Comic Relief will go towards helping make a difference to people living tough lives in the UK and across the world’s poorest communities. In the UK, £50 could pay for a nights’ hostel accommodation, two hot meals and one-to-one support for a homeless young person. In Rwanda, £50 could buy all the equipment and seeds two orphaned farmers need to grow high quality tomatoes for a sustainable income.

Ian Ellington, general manager of Walkers Snacks at PepsiCo, comments: “We are delighted to be working with Sainsbury’s to raise money for this year’s Red Nose Day. Comic Relief do extraordinary work supporting worthwhile causes worldwide, and we’re thrilled to be supporting them whilst surprising some lucky Sainsbury’s shoppers over the next few weeks.”

PG Tips uses Facebook Messenger to encourage people to donate

PG Tips is bringing its Monkey mascot to life on Facebook Messenger. In collaboration with chatbot company Ubisend, the tea brand has developed AI technology to give a voice to the famous monkey.

Ahead of Red Nose Day, consumers will be able to contact the tea brand’s monkey character via the @MostFamousMonkey Facebook Messenger account. They will receive jokes and be able to donate to Comic Relief. PG Tips is also donating £300,000 towards the cause.

Sainsbury’s launches first 360 video campaign

Sainsbury’s is running an interactive campaign in partnership with Comic Relief. Using Facebook 360 video, users have 60 seconds to explore a 360-degree gamified animation and spot all 10 hidden red noses.

The activity, created by AnalogFolk, supports Sainsbury’s wider campaign to raise awareness of the red noses it sells for Comic Relief – with the ambition of beating its 2015 total.

This year Comic Relief has created 10 distinct noses, each with its own character and including a limited edition ‘Frankinose,’ which customers have a one in 900 chance of finding. All the noses are sold in special ‘surprise bags’, so customers don’t know which one they are purchasing.

TK Maxx launches joke generator – all hail the ‘LOLgorithm’

PG Tips is not the only brand taking the comedy route. TK Maxx and HomeSense have launched the ultimate laugh out loud joke generator, also known as the ‘LOLgorithm’.

The LOLgorithm is a microsite and Facebook Messenger chatbot that analyses a user’s sense of humour based on Facebook interests, likes, and responses to three questions asked by the bot. Once the LOLgorithm has carefully analysed this information, it will return a personalised animated GIF using and one line joke.

Each GIF contains a joke and meme featuring all of the nine animal characters that appear on this year’s exclusive Rankin collection for Red Nose Day – appearing on t-shirts, aprons and tea towels. The collection is, of course, available to purchase from TK Maxx and HomeSense.



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  1. Joanna F.E 26 Mar 2017

    Having heard of Red Nose Day, without actually knowing too much about it, reading this article shed some light on what it is and just how big of a deal it is. Now knowing what it is and who it is ran by, Comic Relief is bigger than I originally thought. I have read other article that mention Comic Relief and their collaborations with companies to raise money for charity but never knew that they were behind Red Nose Day. The first two brands mentioned in this article help out on Red Nose Day by donating a percentage of their profits. From a business perspective, donating to charities is always a good look and it offers them some publicity as well, encouraging their consumers to log onto Twitter and showcase the brand and what they are doing to contribute to Red Nose Day. It’s seems to benefit both parties equally. The last three brands mentioned in the article all resort to the use of social media. With Facebook messenger, a 360 video and a joke generator, it’s great publicity. It not only encourages consumers to buy or be aware of the product being shown, it also increases the awareness of Red Nose Day and donating to the charity. Overall, it’s an interesting take on charity donation and some of these brands definitely had me looking them up to see what they are about and if I could get my hands on some of their products. The LOLgorithm was my favorite by a long run.

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