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From the 12th Annual Shorty Awards

Mix 'N' Match

Finalist in Data Visualization

About this entry

KitchenAid believes in celebrating creativity in the kitchen. The company creates innovative appliances that help unlock the culinary creativity of their highly passionate target.


The KitchenAid stand mixer is an icon of industrial design, coveted by cooks all over the world. With dozens of combinations of colours, bowls and attachments, the stand mixer offers endless possibilities for creative expression. KitchenAid wanted to bring that spirit of creativity to life and showcase the stand mixer’s potential for personalization in a uniquely Torontonian way.


The purchase of a stand mixer is one that people research. It’s priced at a premium to other category options, and the customization possibilities make it something creative cooks enjoy playing with. As a result, driving traffic to the website was a key goal; that is the destination where people can explore their colour options and research product quality. For this campaign, our goal was to demonstrate a lift in visits to the website as a critical step in the purchase decision.

Why does this entry deserve to win?

Insight and Idea


The best way to talk about colour isn’t to talk about it – it’s to show it. That’s especially true when you’ve got multiple combinations and hues with which to inspire people. As we searched for an intrinsically local way to do this, Toronto’s most famous architectural and design icon – the CN Tower – presented a particularly interesting solution.


It’s the star of the local skyline, and every night it’s illuminated with changing colours to reflect city events and sports teams’ successes. By leveraging that colourful symbol of the city, we found the perfect way to create attention.




We set up a webcam that was pointed 24/7 at the CN Tower. During that time, the camera detected its colour every two seconds. Purpose-built code converted the information into an XML feed. An algorithm used that information to provide real-time trafficking instructions to our media partner that matched the colour of the Tower with the closest match among KitchenAid’s 33 stand mixer colours.


That digital solution took an existing technology and used it in an innovative way. An XML feed is the tried-and-true method used to change creative on digital boards, but typically that is used simply to change creative messaging from one advertiser to another in a digital loop. For KitchenAid, code was written to continuously customize and update the single KitchenAid feed.


Stretching the capabilities of existing media brought the idea to life. We took a very traditional channel (an out-of-home billboard) and adapted a digital feature to highlight one of the brand’s most-defining attributes – its wide range of colours.


This simple use of technology created a dynamic billboard that simultaneously mimicked the ever-changing colours of the CN Tower’s nighttime lights.


In addition to sparking the imaginations of Toronto’s culinary makers with a memorable demonstration of creativity against the nighttime sky, the campaign achieved the following:


•        350,000 impressions in earned media coverage across multiple publications

•        78% increase in traffic to stand mixers on the KitchenAid website over the prior month


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Entrant Company / Organization Name

Zulu Alpha Kilo, Whirlpool - KitchenAid Small Appliances


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