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Bk Bot

Bk Bot | Burger King | David
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Industry: Food
Media:Promotion & Event
Style: Minimalism
Why is this work relevant for Direct?

The campaign’s copywriting intentionally walked the line so well between what’s plausibly from A.I. and what’s hilariously. The humans who actually made the ads replicated the results of machine learning so realistically that people thought our social media was being handled by real A.I.


Automation is evolving and revolutionizing every industry. It’s also replacing us humans as well. Even advertising may not be immune, because of advances in artificial intelligence which claim to be able to mimic actual human created creative.

In response to this social fear, Burger King wanted to make a pro-human. As passionate hands-on makers, we launched a nonsensical campaign that shows the folly of giving full control to A.I. and prove that humans can’t be easily replaced.

Describe the creative idea (30% of vote)

Burger King laughed at the issue by talking about it in a self-deprecating way – by making a campaign that only humans can make. Together with influencer and Twitter comedian Keaton Patti, we launched a fictional bot that supposedly wrote its own campaign through machine learning. It was a satire of the whole conversation. It showed what happens when you give robots too much power, proving that human creativity can’t be replaced.
People were confused and couldn’t tell whether the campaign was actually written by A.I. or a human. The writing intentionally walked between this line, proving in the end that only humans could come up with such nuanced sense of humor.

This campaign was the first “reverse Turing Test” campaign ever.

Describe the strategy (20% of vote)

The copywriting was key to make the campaign feel believable. If we wanted to trick people into thinking our social media channel was taken over by artificial intelligence, we needed to actually sound like machine learning gone wrong.

Through crafted copywriting, we imitated a bad A.I. trying to write commercials. They were intentionally made to walk a fine line between making people believe that this was actually written by a robot and hilariously absurd.

We started by posting messages for all of our followers to see. We then messaged people who interacted with our posts individually. Our goal was to fool the audience into thinking these terrible ads were made by a bad A.I. (even though it was actually written by humans).

Describe the execution (20% of vote)

We partnered with Keaton Patti, an influencer and Twitter comedian, and analyzed over 1000 hours of Burger King ads to try and imitate the results of machine learning. We implemented the campaign in a variety of ways on social: posts, stories, individually replying to fans in the comments section, etc.

List the results (30% of vote)

We successfully fooled people into thinking this work was actually written by artificial intelligence, even though it was written by humans.
- 700 million impressions
- $7 million USD in earned media
- A.I. ads beat human ads in branding
Production Company:
Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity 2019
Bronze Direct
Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity 2019
Bronze Social & Influencer
Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity 2019
Shortlist Social & Influencer
Multi-platform Social Campaign
Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity 2019
Shortlist Social & Influencer
Breakthrough on a Budget
The One Show 2019
Merit Radio & Audio
Broadcast / Campaign
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