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Jamie Oliver: Marketing a Bestseller

Jamie Oliver: Marketing a Bestseller

Jamie Oliver’s recipe book 5 Ingredients features simple recipe ideas that even a novice can prepare quickly for a delicious meal. We worked with the publishers, Penguin Random House in the UK and Kosmos Uitgevers in the Netherlands, and Jamie Oliver Ltd to promote this book to a whole new audience. It was Amazon’s #1 bestselling book for 2017.

In addition to Jamie’s usual followers, the new book appealed to young professionals, and people in busy households. The campaigns needed to especially engage younger male audiences, even those who don’t show a direct interest in recipes and cooking.

Marketing Channels

  • Facebook
  • YouTube
  • Google Display


Targeting the right people with the right message was key to the success of this campaign. We identified appropriate YouTube channels, display placements, and Facebook user segments by researching the interests and browsing habits of our target audience.

On Facebook, the concept of the book lent itself perfectly to the Carousel ad format. Users could quickly see the end result and the five simple ingredients used to prepare the dish. They could then click through to buy the book directly from Amazon.

Snappy video ads and animated GIFs on YouTube and Google’s Display Network showcased some of the most popular recipes. A call-to-action overlay on YouTube attracted user attention to drive purchases.

Throughout the campaign, our data and digital marketing specialists tracked engagement, click rates, and real world book sales, identifying the most responsive audience segments and ad creative versions. This data was then used to further optimise performance to drive the maximum possible clicks to buy the book online.

Amazon bestsellers 2017


5 Ingredients has become one of Jamie Oliver’s best selling books, breaking a number of records for the celebrity chef. The book was the #1 best seller on Amazon UK for 10 weeks and remained in the top 5 for over six months after it was launched in August 2017.

  • Over 1.3 million unique users taking action on Facebook.
  • Generated over 50 million impressions across three networks.
  • Average interaction rate of 4.44% on Facebook and 2.2% on the Google Network.
  • Jamie Oliver’s 5 Ingredients was Amazon’s #1 bestselling book for 2017.
  • Over 1 million copies sold worldwide.