Reebok Bacon: A Tasteful Cross Promotion Cooked Up by Venables Bell & Partners.

reebok bacon cross promotion

Venables Bell & Partners of San Francisco devised a clever consumer engagement initiative to celebrate the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games that rewarded CrossFit athletes’ love of the Paleo diet* – bacon in particular. Venables Bell & Partners Reebok Bacon is branded bacon in beautiful packaging coupled with a mobile truck full of bacon-laced yummies and the use of social media made for one smokin’ promotion.

Venables Bell & Partners Reebok Bacon

Venables Bell & Partners Reebok Bacon

Reebok branded bacon, in a nicely designed box complete with manifesto and proclaiming “We Believe In Bacon,” was delivered straight to athletes’ and fans’ homes in the community. Seventy-four bacon boxes, packed in dry ice, were distributed before the games began ( they ran from July 22- July 27). The frozen bacon was shipped overnight in a 24-hour window making it FDA compliant.

The Reebok Bacon Package Design:


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unite eaters of bacon

The Food Truck:

The ‘Bacon Box’, a bacon-based food truck, made appearances at the CrossFit Games, outside gyms and other locales. After being posted up in Carson, the Bacon Box Trucks did a tour of LA, alerting consumers with tweets and posts.

reebok bacon box food truck

On the menu were the Bacon Ball Trio: Bacon Wrapped Dates, Bacon-Wrapped Carne Asada and Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Pepperoncini; Bacon Wrapped Porkbelly, Avocado Bacon Ceviche and Deep Fried Bacon Wrapped Hard-Boiled Egg.

photos of the Bacon Box in action in Los Angeles, courtesy of twitter #ReebokBacon
photos of the Bacon Box in action in Los Angeles, courtesy of twitter #ReebokBacon

Social Media:

Using Social Media and their site to spread the word, Reebok continually posted about Reebok Bacon on Facebook and Twitter using #ReebokBacon to disclose “secret menu” items. Those who ordered the special item at the Bacon Box received a “You Had Me at Bacon” card they could redeem for a special prize at the Baconcierge.

You can learn more about this project in this interview with Will McGinness on the Fast Company site. A special thanks to Fast Company for some of the information and images. Thanks to Reebok for all other images and information.

To get involved in the bacon revolution, tweet #ReebokBacon

* A diet based on eating only what our Paleolithic ancestors ate. Grains, dairy, legumes, refined sugars, and excessive salt are out; fruit, veggies and meat are in. Including bacon (unprocessed, low sodium bacon, that is), making bacon within Paleo circles something of a cherished treat.

Client: Reebok
Brand: Crossfit Community Activation
Agency: Venables Bell & Partners
Executive Creative Directors: Paul Venables, Will McGinness
Creative Director: Erich Pfeifer
Associate Creative Director: Eric Boyd
Design Director: Cris Logan
Lead Designer: Michael Sison
Art Director: Byron Del Rosario
Copywriter: Meredith Karr
Designer: Jarrett Carr
Interactive Designer: Jarrett Carr
Head of Strategy: Michael Davidson
Communications Strategy Director: Beatrice Liang
Brand Strategist: Jake Bayham
Technical Director: Lucas Shuman
Production House: Freestyle MKTG, MKTG
Director of Integrated Production: Craig Allen
Director of Interactive Production: Manjula Nadkarni
Experiential Producer: Natalie Stone
Production Coordinator: Megan Wasserman
Digital Producer: Ashley Smith
Account Manager: Ashton Atlas
Project Managers: Daniela Contreras, Shannon Duncan