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Case Study Time: Y&L Challenges Seattle Locals to Find Magic Key

While we’re on the Seattle tip, over a month ago, a local resident and “improv performer” named Joshua Paul Downs played the part of guinea pig in a digital/physical scavenger hunt for Ingersoll Rand lock brand Schlage that was based in his hometown. Indianapolis shop Y&L was behind the campaign, which involved locking Downs in a 174 sq. ft. house located in downtown Seattle’s Westlake Center Plaza and throwing away the key in a sense.

What ensued was a week-long effort in late June in which Seattle-ites (?) were asked to participate in the scavenger hunt to find the “Schlage Key” and reach Downs. What was the upside of capturing the Schlage so to speak and unlocking the door to our protagonist’s humble abode? Well, he had $5,000 ready for the first person who did. A web hub and Downs’s tweets provided clues to participants, who were then sent to “strong” locations spanning 10 miles in the area that included everything from a Home Depot display to a Starbucks. It’s like the Willy Wonka/Saw mashup we’ve never dreamed of, but we can’t hate too much on a good scavenger hunt. Let the video above basically explain things. Peep credits after the jump.

Advertising Agency: Young & Laramore
Executive Creative Director: Carolyn Hadlock
Creative Director: Bryan Judkins
Account Director: Brad Bobenmoyer
Senior Art Director: Uriaha Foust
Senior Writer: Scott King
Creative Technologist: Luke Meyer
PR/Brand Action Strategist: Adrienne Bailey
Account Manager: Lucia Bayt
Digital Producer: Kevin Wood
Media Supervisors: Shannon Quinn, Megan Suttile

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