REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Oct. 21, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Firework, the video platform built to bring shoppable livestream and short-form video experiences to any website, has partnered with HEINZ® to deliver a first-of-its-kind livestream experience as the HEINZ Halloween Store opens in Santa Monica, California.
As HEINZ unleashes its Tomato Blood Ketchup and Tomato Blood Costume Kits just in time for Halloween costume fun, the brand will stream live, shoppable video from its Santa Monica Place pop-up HEINZ Halloween Store, engaging modern families and Halloween-goers across the country. Through livestreams hosted directly on HEINZ's website and owned social media channels and simulcast over multiple publishing websites through a partnership with Evolve Media, HEINZ is tapping into new ways to turn localized events into a national play.
"We are excited to bring the magic of Halloween to people through our first-ever HEINZ Halloween Store, but we don't want to limit that experience to only those who can make it in person," said Ashleigh Gibson, Brand Director, HEINZ. "By working with Firework, we're able to connect with fans across the country who can not only watch the action unfold on the livestream, but also actively participate in the conversation and buy products without ever leaving the stream."
Modern families and younger consumers are bombarded with content from every direction, 24/7—and brands and their agencies need to get extra creative to break through the noise. The HEINZ livestream event, featuring costume-making tutorials, demonstrations, and other interactive programming, will leverage the Firework platform, enabling in-the-moment engagement among viewers and creators and building brand sentiment and affinity. The livestream, which will allow for easy purchases direct from the stream, will be carried on the HEINZ website and simulcast on Facebook, YouTube, and through a partnership with Evolve Media.
"As one of the first major CPG brands in the U.S. to sell directly to consumers through a large-scale livestream event with Firework, HEINZ is forging new authentic paths to direct engagement, particularly with younger families," said Jeff Lucas, Firework chief revenue officer. "Livestream shopping, while already hugely popular in Asian markets, is only just beginning to take hold here in the United States. As the third-largest food and beverage company in North America, the Kraft Heinz company is clearly demonstrating that livestream engagement and ecommerce—both inside and outside the walled gardens of social media—is the way of the future."
The livestream event is part of the launch of HEINZ Tomato Blood Ketchup, a reflection of the fact that for years, families across the world have used HEINZ Ketchup to add fake but convincing "blood" to Halloween costumes. The campaign was created with Heinz media agency partner Publicis 57 – a unique bespoke model that taps into centers of excellence like Publicis Commerce. In addition to bottles of Tomato Blood Ketchup, available at national grocery stores, HEINZ has also launched Tomato Blood Costume Kits and the HEINZ Halloween Store, where guests can purchase merchandize and even create their own costumes using HEINZ Tomato Blood Ketchup and the store's interactive "drip stations."
"By bringing this exciting pop-up shop experience to families around the country through livestreaming, HEINZ is making an already dynamic and compelling seasonal campaign much more engaging," said Eric Levin, president and chief content officer, Publicis Media US. "HEINZ is taking a fantastic seasonal campaign and delivering it to fans through the type of swipeable, interactive content they're accustomed to. HEINZ is generating their next wave of fandom—and leading the next wave of content ecommerce in the process."
Firework is the world's leading immersive "shoppertainment" platform with shoppable video, live streaming commerce and monetization capabilities powering over 600 direct-to-consumer brands, retailers and media publishers worldwide. Pandemic-accelerated, Firework has experienced 10x year-over-year growth, bringing TikTok-like interactive video experiences, all by adding just one line of HTML code to your own website or app. Firework enables its customers to create and host native, shoppable video content for engaging product discovery, seamless shopping experiences and ultimately, a deeper emotional connection with consumers. The company is backed by IDG Capital, Lightspeed Venture Partners and GSR Ventures, with over $100 million in capital raised to date. To learn more, please visit firework.tv.
About the Kraft Heinz Company
We are driving transformation at The Kraft Heinz Company (Nasdaq: KHC), inspired by our Purpose, Let's Make Life Delicious. Consumers are at the center of everything we do. With 2020 net sales of approximately $26 billion, we are committed to growing our iconic and emerging food and beverage brands on a global scale. We leverage our scale and agility to unleash the full power of Kraft Heinz across a portfolio of six consumer-driven product platforms. As global citizens, we're dedicated to making a sustainable, ethical impact while helping feed the world in healthy, responsible ways. Learn more about our journey by visiting www.kraftheinzcompany.com or following us on LinkedIn and Twitter.
About Publicis Media
Publicis Media harnesses the power of modern media through global agency brands Starcom, Zenith, Spark Foundry and Performics. A key business solution of Publicis Groupe ([Euronext Paris FR0000130577, CAC 40], Publicis Media's digital-first, data-driven global practices deliver client value and drive growth in a platform-powered world. It is present in more than sixty countries with over 17,000 employees worldwide.
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