Great Experiential Marketing: Heinz’ garden BBQ product launch


Just in time for the summer BBQ season, Heinz has wisely launched a yellow mustard line.


It was launched at a BBQ-themed event dubbed “Ketchup’s Got A New Mustard”, which gets top marks from us for event design.

In line with the BBQ theme, classic red-and-white chequered picnic blankets, faux grass, and charcoal grills serving as cocktail tables were placed throughout the pop-up venue in New York.

And the new product’s branding was extremely visible, of course. The actual mustard bottle was integrated into nearly every decor element of the event, from stacks of bottles as a backdrop for photos to empty bottles used as flower vases.

Guests could pose with oversize bottles of ketchup and mustard in front of a wall comprising hundreds of bottles of yellow mustard.HEINZ_3

And the catering tray for the mustard-topped corn dogs incorporated the label of Heinz’s new yellow mustard.HENIZ_4

The experiential campaign also served as a launch of the product’s upcoming advert which is also set at a garden BBQ and features a guy dressed as a Heinz ketchup bottle “breaking up” with his former favourite mustard to start a relationship with a new Heinz “squeeze”. A summer picnic-like vignette surrounded a screen that displayed this commercial, and gift bags with a bottle of Heinz ketchup and two bottles of mustard, one to keep and one to share, were placed underneath.


For more quirky product launch ideas take a look at these posts:

Tim Horton’s levitation stunt

Reebok’s subway pump battle

Samsung’s sleek S6 Edge launch parties

Zang Chocolate’s piggyback taxi service

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With nearly 30 years of marketing experience, both client and agency side, I’ve acquired a rare perspective on brands and business: I believe you have to challenge things creatively if you want to grow sales. Consumer technology is reshaping our world, and it’s only the great brands that stay on the crest.