KitKat advert targets tech frustrations with its new ‘Have a Break’ campaign

By Anthony Myers

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KitKat's new multi-media ad campaign targets snappy tech people. Pic: Nestlé
KitKat's new multi-media ad campaign targets snappy tech people. Pic: Nestlé

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Nestlé, the owners of the KitKat brand, has launched a new campaign, ‘Tech Frustrations’, that channels the winning ‘Have a Break’ advertising formula that made the brand so iconic.

Whether it’s weird security questions, remembering passwords or being added to yet another WhatsApp group - from today (7 August), the company said KitKat is encouraging people to take a break from unhelpful tech as it launches a brand-new global campaign, ‘Tech Frustrations’.

The new campaign channels the winning Have a Break formula that made KitKat so iconic in the first place and will be made up of long-form and short-form video as well as standalone assets. A spokesperson for the York-based brand said the hero video contrasts the old with the new, bringing to life a modern tech problem in a medieval setting in a humorous way that fans familiar with the brand will recognise.

‘Password? Have you forgotten? What was your first pet’s middle name? What’s your favourite kind of rock?’ asks the guard at the drawbridge. The knight, waiting at the entrance struggles to answer the questions and decides to Have a Break, Have a KitKat, and with a renewed perspective, remembers the password.

KitKat Senior Brand Manager, Stephanie Scales, said: “At KitKat, we've been championing breaks for over 85 years and our new campaign is no exception. In today's fast-paced world, we all face constant demands to do more and be more, which is why taking a break is more important than ever.

 “Through this campaign, we want to encourage people to step away from their tech frustrations, take a moment to reflect and reset and come back with a renewed perspective.

“And of course, what better way to take a break than by indulging in a delicious KitKat bar? So go ahead, Have a Break, Have a KitKat!​"

The legendary tagline ‘Have a Break, Have a KitKat’ was coined in 1958 by the advertising agency J Walter Thompson, and today is widely recognised around the world - KitKat is sold in 88 countries worldwide. 

The ‘Tech Frustrations’ campaign will be seen on TV and Broadcast Video on demand, on digital channels such as YouTube, Meta platforms and TikTok and out of home, and will run until the end of November 2023.

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