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Stanfield’s, john st. Raise Money for Cancer with “#StreakWeek”

john st. has crafted a new campaign in support of “below-the-waist cancer research” for Stanfield’s.

For the campaign, the agency brought back testicular cancer survivor, Mark McIntyre, who appeared in previous campaigns “The Guy at Home in his Underwear” and “The Gitchhiker” to promote the fundraising experiential event “#StreakWeek,” which runs from October 18-26. Mark introduces the idea, and appears to be promoting actual streaking until the end of the video, where he recommends wearing Stanfield’s underwear, “just to be safe” (and not get arrested). Viewers (both male and female) can support Mark on one of his streaks or participate in a streak of their own, or just use the #StreakWeek hashtag on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. Each time it is used, Stanfield’s will donate a dollar to the Canadian Cancer Society (up to $25,000).

“We wanted to make sure people could get involved however they want.” said Angus Tucker, ECD at john st. “Whether it’s sharing Mark’s journey, donating to a streaker, raising money by going streaking yourself, or just using the hashtag, it all helps and it all goes to a very very good cause.”

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john st. Presents ‘The Lazy Environmentalist’ for WWF

Toronto agency john st.’s latest campaign for World Wildlife Fund Canada is based around the insight that people are lazy. Or, as Stephen Jurisic, co-ECD at john st. puts it, “This idea comes from the rather depressing truth that most people will only do things that help the environment if it’s really, really easy to do…So rather than try to change that behavior, we thought let’s just embrace it and show that it takes next to no effort to help our oceans and the sea life in it.”

In a 60-second spot, the agency promotes buying seafood with the MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) label on it to help protect our oceans by supporting sustainable fishing practices. The spot likens buying MSC-certified seafood with recycling (“Because it’s next to the trash.”) and buying organic, things that are “easy and practically unavoidable.” It’s an interesting change of approach from the usual call-to-arms, making the implication that there’s really no excuse not to buy MSC seafood, since it’s so easy.The campaign also includes two shorter how-to videos and a series of overtly simply online quizzes. Read more

john st. Asks Questions for President’s Choice

john st. has a new campaign for President’s Choice, Canada’s number one consumer packaged goods brand, celebrating curiosity.

Who decided to try to eat pineapple? Who first braved a beehive to get honey? How did people figure out which mushrooms were edible? Who figured out popcorn? These are some of the questions posed by the campaign’s 60-second broadcast spot, “Crave More,” which concludes with the line, “If you don’t search for more, you’ll never find it.”

“It’s the questioning of the status quo that leads to the discoveries of foods and different ways of sourcing foods that is really the DNA of President’s Choice,” explains Angus Tucker, partner and creative director of John St. “That’s what we were trying to capture, that passion for finding the new and the next.”

The campaign also includes a 30-second broadcast spots, in-store marketing, social media elements and an overhauled website.

john st. Reimagines Back-To-School for Future Shop

john st. takes a different approach to back-to-school for Future Shop, reminding students, “You’re not shopping for back-to-school, you’re shopping for your future.”

The broadcast and online pre-roll campaign features students depicted in their future careers as an astronaut, marine biologist and robotics engineer, decked out in the latest tech from Future Shop. john st.’s campaign also includes “out-of-home transit shelters, digital interactive video, rich online display and Future Shop in-store signage.” The agency also tapped professional futurist Trevor Haldenby, “to help provide a glimpse for students into the potential future and careers they will eventually step into.”

“We like how simply this idea re-frames the ‘Back-to-School’ time in a way that is really relevant and ownable to Future Shop,” explains john st. Executive Creative Director Angus Tucker. “The truth is that a lot of the tech they sell can have a dramatic impact on a  kid’s education and future, and ‘Future Shopping’ is a fun way to bring that out.” Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

john st. Wants Canadians to ‘Get to Know Mitsubishi’

With the brand having passed the 10-year mark in Canada, john st. is re-introducing Mitsubishi with a new branding campaign, complete with a fresh tagline, “Built Better. Backed Better.”

Built around a series of 30-second ads, the new campaign implores Canadians to get to know Mitsubishi, since, as the ending line states, “With a ten year warranty, you’ll be spending a long time together.” The tagline and “get to know Mitsubishi” angle both highlight the extensive warranty, making for a cohesive strategy. The first in the series of television spots, “Get To Know Mitsubishi” goes through the brand’s logo, history, future, “the first mass-produced electric vehicle,” it’s designer, his mother, and the house he bought her, and the warranty, in rapid succession — perhaps too rapid. With each item introduced by “This is…” and the spot running through the list so quickly, it’s a bit too easy to miss information or tune the spot out altogether. The television campaign is supported by digital, print and radio ads.

“The idea for the campaign came right out of Mitsubishi’s industry best warranty,” explains Angus Tucker, executive creative producer/partner at john st. “It’s ten years, which means that when you buy a Mitsubishi, you’re going to be spending a lot of time with your vehicle, whether an Outlander, RVR, Lancer or Mirage. So you better get to know each other first.” Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

john st. Launches ‘Surrogaid’ for War Child Canada

“What if you could help mother children in war-affected areas? What if you could virtually reach out and literally provide them the warmth of a mother’s hug?” These questions are the genesis of john st.’s new campaign for War Child, which attempts to dupe viewers into believing they can provide virtual motherhood services at the click of a button. The message they recieve — either tat the end of the campaign video (above) or after attempting to provide these services at the campaign website (where the interactive web experience was designed by Jam 3) — is “You can’t donate motherhood. But you can donate money.”

Arriving (obviously) just in time for Mother’s Day, the campaign attempts to raise money and awareness for War Child Canada, a charity helping children in war torn areas, while motherhood is on people’s minds. The campaign includes broadcast, online, radio, and out-of-home components.

“We wanted to make it seem plausible that you could donate the act of motherhood online”, explains Stephen Jurisic, ECD of john st. advertising. “But of course you can’t. Only real mothers in these war-affected countries can provide their children with that.”

James Topham of War Child Canada adds, “We thought this was a fresh way to remind people just how important mothers are to the healthy development of children – particularly in the context of war. And that the best way to support them is still the easiest – by donating money.” Credits after the jump. Read more