The ad was the brainchild of UK agency AMV BBDO and appears on a London bus shelter. It spells out the words: “Caught a really fast bus once, turns out it was a fire engine.” That’s a line from a blind woman called Michelle who took part in a focus group between Maltesers and the disability charity Scope.
An audio message also accompanies the poster and directs people to Maltesers’ Facebook page, where the message gets translated so that sighted people can understand it.
Maltesers, which is owned by Mars, often does quirky ads and was lauded for a recent campaign that ran during the Paralympics last September. Check it out below:
Speaking of its latest OOH incarnation, Michele Oliver, vice president of marketing at Mars Chocolate UK, said: “As one of the UK’s biggest advertisers, we have a responsibility and a role to play in championing greater inclusivity in our advertising and communications.
“Maltesers is the brand that looks on the light side of life and this scenario is just one example of the real-life, everyday experiences of people affected by sight loss; and in this case from Michelle in Glasgow (who was the inspiration behind the slogan). This small-scale activation is a natural next step in our ambition to get closer to our consumers; by normalizing disability in advertising and communications, and using humour to challenge preconceptions.”