Global TV, OLV, DOOH
Ideology: resilience vs. the disruption economy
“A first-person POV and split-screen approach help to underscore what might feel, to the job seeker, like a “Groundhog Day”- like a futile quest. It shows day after day, receptionist after receptionist, interview after interview, all set to the incongruously easy soundtrack of Bobby Hebb’s 1966 love song “Sunny.”….The combination of technique and classic tune is reminiscent of Arnold’s celebrated VW “Bubble Boy” spot from 2003, whose storyline could very well have fit into a job seeker campaign.”
OOH, OLV, Social
Ideology: lean entrepreneurship vs. the bureaucratic elite
“The insight of the Dreamer v the Doer is one that resonates with every freelancer, especially those who cut their teeth in the creative industry. There are the people who spend their mornings whiteboarding and pontificating on esoteric topics, and there are those who are taking risks, rolling up their sleeves and getting things done. This Fiverr campaign is their anthem.”
When Fiverr came to us in 2016, it was a little-known marketplace for freelance services, without a clear POV, voice or brand aesthetic. Because Fiverr offered everything from birthday cards to t-shirts to marketing plans, people did not know who Fiverr was for, and were unclear why, when, or how they should be using the site’s services. Our objective was to make Fiverr famous, while giving the brand a clear point of view in American culture.
The Fiverr users we spoke to were everyday entrepreneurs, not elite entrepreneurs. They typically had far fewer resources than the glamorous entrepreneurs who they saw celebrated in the media. Our research uncovered growing tension between our target’s ‘work hard,’ ‘get sh*t done’ ethos, and what they saw as a culture of entrepreneurial puffery that has emerged in TED talks, the VC community, and large corporations who talk the talk of the entrepreneur, without walking the walk. While this bureaucratic elite pontificates on television shows and youtube videos about the value of “thinking big,” Fiverr users are busy doing the day-to-day work of entrepreneurship that is often invisible to the media.
In a world of bureaucratic puffery, Fiverr champions entrepreneurial action: doing versus over-overthinking; experimentation versus stagnation; outsmarting versus outspending. Although we like entrepreneurial inspiration, we prefer entrepreneurial perspiration. And we’d rather just think positively and go for it rather than be paralyzed by analysis and fear.
Fiverr and its global agency of record, DCX Growth Accelerator (DCX), have introduced the next iteration of their breakthrough ‘In Doers We Trust’ campaign, marking 2018 as ‘The Year of Do.’
OOH, POS, Social
Ideology: constructive capitalism vs. destructive capitalism
Unlike other coconut water brands, Harmless embodies an ideology that encompasses everything from how they source only organic coconuts to how they invest in farming communities to how they minimally process their product. So we decided to fly in the face of traditional marketing, which boasts about low price, consistency, perfection, etc. We wanted to say loudly and proudly that Harmless doesn’t compromise.
“What, you thought this was going away? It may have faded, but the raising awareness and shaming of brands that continue to maintain ties with the NRA lives on. FedEx still gives discounts to the organization, Wells Fargo is an NRA financier, and Bass Pro Shops haven’t followed in Dick’s Sporting Goods footsteps to increase its retail regulations on guns. Meanwhile, YouTube, Apple, Google, and Roku get called out for hosting NRA TV content. The students wearing the vest were featured on CNN’s coverage of the walk outs.”
OLV, OOH, Social
Ideology: lean entrepreneurship vs. the bureaucratic elite
“A business idea is all good and well, but a new ad from freelance marketplace Fiverr—the company’s first brand campaign—is putting the emphasis on the actual doing part…The enemy is establishment privilege—trust fund kids, obnoxious tech bros, investors who are literally sharks in suits—but even more so, it is complacency.”
:15 conversion OLV optimized to drive record low CPA for Fiverr
3 Popup Activations, Website, Social, Lobbying
Ideology: Mom & pop activism vs. gentrification
“Locally Sourced Vegetarian Citrus Fizz? $5.99. Grass Fed Himalayan Tuna Salad? That’ll be $9.99. Taking gentrification and a rent hike into your own hands? Priceless.”
Global TV, OLV, OOH, Social
Ideology: Skills vs. stereotype
“The world’s largest job site Indeed has launched a new brand campaign that tackles one of recruitment’s last taboos – unconscious bias. The thought-provoking campaign urges employers to consider an issue that can hold back talented jobseekers and cause recruiters to miss strong candidates.”
Traveling Protest Hut Popup, Website, Social
Ideology: prankster activism vs. the wealth divide
“The most baffling (but eye-catching!) Trump protest we have seen in Cleveland thus far”
Global TV, OLV
Ideology: resilience vs. disruption economy
We are living in an age of disruption, and nowhere is that felt more than in the world of work. Large corporations, small and medium businesses, and job-seekers alike feel the threats of becoming obsolete. Our research revealed these anxieties to be equally felt around the globe. “Work is Changing”, the second spot in the “Search for Greatness” campaign, addresses this tension.
TV, OLV, OOH, Print, Social
Ideology: overcoming barriers vs. traditional taboos
For Indeed’s launch in India, we sought create an inclusive rallying cry for the new generation of workers. This group has inherited an India that is booming economically, and has transformed significantly as a culture. The spot features a diverse range of job-seekers coming from every corner, class, ethnicity, age, and gender of India, breaking archaic taboos together. The spot concludes with the line “Let’s get to work”, urging jobseekers to forget the old and take advantage of the unprecedented opportunity that is upon them, both culturally and economically.
Ideology: old world masculinity vs. new world masculinity for a modern Nicaragua
Café Toro has been a staple of Nicaragua’s working class for decades, but we noticed that these households were undergoing a profound change. Machismo was on the decline, reshaping traditional patriarchal households across the country. Through cultural research we built a new strategy for Toro (which translates to ‘bull’), proposing that the brand should stand for a new type of masculinity: the caring man of action. With this new strategy, Toro celebrates the man of action’s physical strength and work ethic, while also embracing their capacity for caring and nurturing their families: teaching their children and bonding with their wives.
Popup Mobile Activations in Washington D.C. & NYC, Hashtag Activism, Social, Lobbying
Ideology: Back-in-the-day organic vs. Lobbyist lies
“Who wants a double scoop of Confined-Cow Chocolate?”
Traveling Art Installation, Popup Activism, Social
Ideology: Trump’s new normal vs. The amplified immigrant voice
“I just said to myself, ‘At least they are in cages as a family.’”
Pop-up Activation, Social
Ideology: Pragmatic Tech vs. Hyped Consumerism
To get ‘even’ with Apple, the EVEN headphones pop-up created a parody hype line that stretched past the Apple store, where their ubiquitous lines form. Those in the line wore T-shirts with snide, self-referential phrases, such as “If you have a blog, please write about us,” “I’m a hired ‘influencer,” and “I’m a starfucking hipster waiting in line for a celebrity to appear.” They stood around, set up chairs, camped out and performed obnoxious stunts.