Outside of New Orleans, Zatarain’s is just another dry goods brand in a crowded grocery store.
Reposition Zatarain’s as the ultimate celebration of New Orleans food and culture.
Cooking is the event
In New Orleans, cooking is the event and eating is the celebration. So we took a look at the experience of cooking a Zatarain’s meal and wanted to bring the spirit of New Orleans into the kitchen.
So we created Spotify playlists curated to each Zatarain’s meal. The playlists guide consumers through the recipe with step-by-step instructions from famous Cajun chefs who provide tips, tricks, and historical facts about the dishes and culture throughout the recipe. And since this is a recipe with pre-determined wait times between each step, we queue up and play authentic New Orleans music to act as cooking timers.
Playlists curated for each meal
To make the playlists easily accessible, we took advantage of the new Spotify Code feature. Each Zatarain’s meal will have its own unique Spotify Code on the back of the packaging. This code takes the consumer directly to the playlist for their meal.
Narrated by famous cajun chefs
Instead of reading plain instructions, what if you were taught by master chefs instead? Each playlist features a famous Cajun chef guiding the consumer through the recipe step-by-step.
In addition to the printed recipe on the back of the box, consumers can also be led through each step of the process through voiceover by famous Cajun chefs. Additional info about each step can also be presented in the playlist itself, allowing consumers to read the steps and backtrack as necessary.
Tips & tricks
The chefs will also provide tips and tricks for certain techniques when they arise throughout the cooking process. And utilizing Spotify’s Rap Genius ecosystem, we can also provide the consumer with additional text instructions and even photos to guide them further.
Consumers will also receive contextual and historical facts and information regarding the specific meal they’re cooking or New Orleans culture in general.
Songs as timers
In New Orleans, food and music are ingrained in the culture, there is no gathering or party with just one and not the other. And what’s a playlist without music? Throughout the playlist is authentic New Orleans music timed perfectly to the wait times between each step in the recipe.
As part of a large team and a larger brand rework, myself and Tyler King, were responsible for the redesigning the experience of cooking a Zatarain’s meal. We created the application of the Spotify playlists to be integrated into the cooking process. I also assisted in the total brand redesign from the strategy and positioning statement to the logo and package design