George at Asda: Arrive Like You Mean It commercial

Category: Commercials; Entrant: Impero

ASDA Arrive Like You Mean It 1

George at Asda’s back-to-school campaign arrived after 18 months of schools being disrupted in the UK, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The intention was to strike a note of “real swagger”, with a TV commercial that felt more like a music video and, crucially, spoke to kids rather than parents.

The team decided to focus the soundtrack on UK drill music as it gave the opportunity to feature a group of performers – perfect for multiple kids in the playground showcasing their skills. The ad opens on a young girl, who begins the first bars of the rap with a confidence and energy that drives the film forward. As it continues, the spot moves through the playground, meeting other school kids who pick up the vocals, singing about the fresh new school gear they have.

This mini drill crew became the faces of the campaign across all touchpoints. The campaign was picked up by BBC Radio One and multiple meme sites. It went viral on TikTok, with over 11,000 people creating their own versions of the ad. The spot has also won an Honourable Mention in the Soundtrack to a Commercial section of the Annual.

George At Asda Head Of Creative: Claudia Solano
George At Asda Creative Content Assistant: Beth Henwood
Creative Agency: Impero
Executive Creative Director: Michael Scantlebury
Creative Director: Alastair Mills
Creative: Zara Bennett
Strategy Director: Charlotte Willcocks
Business Director: Jon Mobbs
Senior Account Manager: Ginny Wilson
Senior Producer: Clare Thomson
Head Of Design: Longbin Li
Production Company: Armoury
Production Company Producer: Sarah Mavity
Production Company Executive Producer: Matt Hichens
Production Manager: Robyn Warwick
Production Assistant: Leah Finegold
Director: Mr Yankey
Director Of Photography: Rik Burnell
Focus Puller: Paul Dain
Location Manager: Ben Carter
1st Ad: Andrew Vanneck
Gaffer: Alex Edyvean
Production Design: Christopher Melgram
Wardrobe: Pia Woodvine
Hair & Makeup: Aj Juttla
Choreographer: Kloe Dean
Post Production Agency: Cheat
Post Producer: Callina Pearson
Editor: Chris Hutchings
Online Editor: Tim Mellem
Colourist: Tim Smith
Music Composer/ Producer: Kwame ‘Kz’ Kwei-Armah Jnr
Lead Sound Engineer: Jonny Platt