Sweet spot on the world’s dumbest apps

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We all do stupid things when we’re hungry. With the average person spending 4.7 hours a day on their smartphone, most/a lot of those stupid things now happen on those devices. To take advantage of this Snickers and Colenso BBDO built three of the dumbest apps the world has ever seen.

These are apps that no one in their right mind would ever download. Apps that were actually Snickers vouchers in disguise:

  • Liquishield – the app that waterproofs your phone. Trusted by sailors and midwives all over the world.
  • Is My Phone On? – Just open your phone, open the app and you’ll know within seconds if your phone is on.
  • 1000 Silent Ringtones – Why put your phone on silent when you can put it on the silent version of your favourite song!

All completely, hopelessly, useless and all designed to prove that You’re Not You When You’re Hungry. Once installed, the apps look and perform like any normal app. When the hungry consumer opens them and tries to switch the functionality on, they’re asked what on earth they were thinking, told not to app when they’re hungry, and they’re given a mobile voucher for a free Snickers to help with the hunger.

The three apps were promoted through mobile ads, social posts, street posters, cinema ads and local key influencers who were in on the joke. In only a week, over 2000 people have been caught downloading apps while hungry.

Three ridiculous apps are proving the truth that people do silly things when they’re hungry and has given Snickers an inventive way to sample chocolate to those most in need.

“We know that mobile is the most important platform in the lives of most consumers these days, and we saw that as a chance to bring the Snickers platform of You’re Not You When You’re Hungry to life in an entirely new way,” says Colenso digital planning director Neville Doyle.

“Most importantly, it allowed us to get Snickers into the hands of the hungry in an unexpected and entertaining way.”


Client: Mars New Zealand
Marketing Manager: Cormac Van Den Hoofdakker
Agency: Colenso BBDO
Media: Starcom
Production: Finch

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