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Marmite: like it or loathe it
There's a peculiar spread in Britain called 'Marmite' that is made from yeast extract. It's a black, shiny, sludgy substance that people put on toast and in sandwiches. Brits abroad miss it a lot and have been known to get special supplies sent over to them.
Marmite has a strong, salty taste that has an interesting effect in that people either love it or loathe it -- there is no middle ground, it seems. Rather cleverly, Marmite has picked on this and rather than promote it universally, their ads highlight the like-or-loathe characteristic, for example with Marmite-eaters running after the haters in a comedy-style chase. Another smart move is that the ads do not portray the haters as stupid or otherwise inferior -- they just don't appreciate the product and hey, that's OK! Marmite aren't greedy - half the nation consuming their product is just fine.
Their latest ad uses Paddington Bear, a lovable TV character who, despite having been raised in Peru, is a British archetype. Paddington sits on a doorstep, happily munching his Marmite sandwich when a pigeon hops by. The kindly Paddington throws the pigeon a crumb who, after tasting it does a cartoon feathers-out, tongue-out mega-bleah.
Being able to use Paddington is a great scoop for Marmite and the character has both Britishness and gentle humour, both of which are core to the long-term advertising strategy. More power to their elbow.
In case you're wondering, I'm a Marmite lover. Mmmmarmite! .
I love marmite too - but...........
Try Beetroot, Marmite and wholemeal bread sandwiches. Have a go with and without butter. love it!
HELP ME!! Have i got an illness because...I don't hate marmite I think it's alright I don't mind people eating and if someone put it on toast for me when I was visiting a friend I would eat it and I reckon its ok but I don't love it I don't go around preaching about it and dreaming of it or even asking for it over anything else so I'm in the middle!! ur website says I can't be! HELP ME PLEASE!
-- Mr Harry I Cunningham
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