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Saatchi & Saatchi, Sydney Brings Out the ‘Bad in Dad’ for Toyota

Saatchi & Saatchi, Sydney has a new campaign for Toyota, entitled “Bad in Dad,” featuring one dad’s “bad” antics, attributed to his new Camry RZ.

Set to George Thorogood‘s ubiquitous “Bad to the Bone,” the dad is pictured using his leaf blower to blow leaves onto the neighbors yard (kind of funny), spraying his wife with a hose (cute) and embarrassing his son with the locked door trick as he picks him up from soccer practice (just plain cruel). The narrator at the end of the 45-second spot asserts that the new Camry will “bring out the bad in dad,” making the positioning of the vehicle as the motivator behind dad’s behavior explicit. While he may occasionally step over the line, the dad’s antics are mostly presented as the kind of things most of us think about doing, don’t, and then wish we had, which fits with the vehicle’s presentation as a sort of liberator. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

Saatchi & Saatchi Creates Dual Spots Featuring NFL Rivals for Duracell

Saatchi & Saatchi created a pair of spots for Duracell featuring NFL rivals the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers.

Both spots carry the same message: “When the game’s on the line, the NFL trusts Duracell Quantum to power their gameday communications.” The difference is that one spot presents this from the Seahawks’ perspective (on offense), while the other examines things from the 49ers’ point of view (on defense), leaving the ultimate outcome of a game defining play up in the air. After the viral success of  Saatchi & Saatchi New York’s “Power Your Game” spot back in January, these efforts feel a bit lightweight by comparison. Still, the different views of the same play approach is at least somewhat interesting and the continued NFL partnership should appeal to football fans.

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Saatchi & Saatchi NY Introduces Grumpy Cat to Buzz


Saatchi & Saatchi New York introduces Internet phenomenon Grumpy Cat to Honey Nut Cheerios in a new 30-second broadcast spot for the brand designed to appeal to younger audiences.

For the spot, entitled simply “Buzz Meets Grumpy Cat,” Saatchi & Saatchi teamed up with California-based production company Backyard and director Rob Pritts. If you count yourself among Grumpy Cat’s legions of fans, you’ll probably just be happy to see him make an appearance here. Otherwise, there’s not a lot going on beyond “Oh, you’re that Grumpy Cat,” as Buzz tries to make the feline crack a smile. His strategy consists entirely of talking about how much people like Honey Nut Cheerios.

Established brand + established meme = eyeballs.

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Saatchi Thailand, FIFA Invite You to ‘Be the One’

Saatchi & Saatchi Thailand is capitalizing on the World Cup action by joining forces with its new client, Asian online gaming brand Garena, to hype the free EA Sports multiplayer game, FIFA Online 3. Following days of teasing last week in the form of media hijacking of Southeast Asian soccer news sites, where actual football stars mentioned in news articles were replaced with that of Thai game players, Saatchi Thailand and Garena have officially launched the campaign, “I Am the One,” via the :60 spot above.

Dubbed “Messi’s Arrival,” the clip debuted the day before the Argentinean superstar and his countrymen defeated Bosnia and Herzegovina and imagines what he experienced upon landing in Brazil through the eyes of someone who perhaps resembles your ideal gamer. Of course, Messi himself never actually appears in the spot (he’s in a million other commercials as you may have noticed, though), but it basically keeps in the line with the “I Am the One” campaign theme. Along with the spot, Saatchi Thailand is also developing content for its native audience based on results from its Live Creativity real-time social and content hub, which will follow World Cup news and social chatter as the event progresses. The agency’s ECD, Nuntawat Chaipornkaew, explains, “When Brazil scored an own goal, our content team produced an ‘interview’ with a Thai player talking about how he just wanted to score the first goal. When Spanish star Alonso lost tooth, so did our stars and even the audience. When Suerez hurt his knee, so did we.”

With the film and social components covered, the parties involved will also be launching the full website for FIFA Online 3 come tomorrow. There, an interactive version of the film will be available and allow viewers to insert their own faces into it to “be the one” and also join the world’s largest football team photo. One can only imagine how that will turn out. Credits after the jump.

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Saatchi & Saatchi London, Toyota Want You to ‘Go Fun Yourself’

Saatchi & Saatchi teamed up with Internet prankster Rahat to launch a new multichannel campaign promoting the Toyota Aygo.

Part of the “Go Fun Yourself” campaign, the debut spot features Rahat slipping into a costume that perfectly matches the seats of the Toyota Aygo, making the car appear to be driving itself. He then drives around Europe with a hidden camera documenting people’s reactions. That’s right, another hidden camera prank video. If you’re tired of these already, you might want to head elsewhere, because the 90-second “Who’s Driving” — set to the Fratelli’s track, “Chelsea Dagger,” and directed by Smuggler’s Jamie Rafn — doesn’t do a lot to distinguish itself from the pack.

The spot will launch the “Go Fun Yourself” Pan-European integrated campaign on TV, in cinemas, and online — supported by social and print components — today, in markets including the UK, France, Italy, Germany and Denmark. “Go Fun Yourself” attempts to “emphasize Aygo’s image as the playful, dynamic car of choice suited to those that don’t take themselves seriously.” Aimed at a younger audience, the campaign will comprise a series of prankster-style videos and social activity which will roll out across the year.

“Aygo is not just another car, so for the launch we wanted to do things differently,” said Stephane Rydlewski, brand & communication manager, Toyota Europe. “With ‘Go Fun Yourself’, we found the perfect way to express the true spirit of the car – fun, provocative & irreverent, without taking ourselves too seriously. We all have this fun inside, we just need to let it go. This is the magic of the new AYGO campaign.” Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

Toyota Hopes to ‘Go Places’ With New Ad Agency Chief

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This clever towing exhibition won S+S AME Platinum and Bronze

Saatchi & Saatchi L.A., which has been Toyota’s agency for years, went shopping for a chief creative officer for the brand–and found him rolling with Nissan.

Jason Schragger, a former creative executive with Nissan’s global marketing team, has a salty record in the world of automotive creative. According to this article in Automotive News, he has dipped his pen in the ink of Ford, Mercedez-Benz, Mini, and Mitsubishi.

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Saatchi & Saatchi NZ Creates Burning Billboard for Sealord

Saatchi & Saatchi New Zealand created a flaming billboard to launch Sealord’s new line of hot smoked salmon.

The billboard was constructed using Manuka wood branches (the same type used in Sealord’s smoked salmon), which were then set on fire to replicate Sealord’s traditional smoking process. Sealord’s billboard reads, “Smoked: Just Like Our New Manuka Salmon,” although it’s pretty hard to read through all the smoke and fire. As you might recall, this is not the first burning billboard we’ve covered, but it is the first non-steakhouse-related burning billboard we can recall, so there’s that. The campaign also includes the above online video documenting the creation of the billboard, as well as pre-rolls and digital banners.

“When we learned about the wonderful artisan techniques involved in the creation of this delicious salmon, we were inspired to try and find a way to make this process the hero,” explained Saatchi & Saatchi New Zealand executive creative director Antonio Navas. Credits after the jump. Read more

F/Nazca Saatchi & Saatchi Gets Sentimental for Electrolux

Well, Mother’s Day may have been over two weeks ago, but apparently May is Mother’s Month now (who knew?) so technically F/Nazca Saatchi & Saatchi isn’t late to the party with their maternally sentimental spot for Electrolux, entitled “Best Mother’s Day Present.”

The 2:30 spot tells the story of a daughter leaving São Paulo for college on Mother’s Day, and the sentimental surprise she received on her flight, causing the airline to make an exception to its menu. F/Nazca Saatchi & Saatchi reverse the traditional role of mothers receiving gifts on their day, ending with the message “Because being a mom is the best Mother’s Day present.” Be warned that, if you’re the kind of person who is strongly affected by this kind of thing, the emotional spot may make you shed a few tears at work, so you just might want to wait until the week is officially over to check it out. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

Saatchi & Saatchi Shanghai Introduces Mutesic for VICE

Saatchi & Saatchi Shanghai is helping VICE introduce Mutesic in China. Mutesic is a mobile phone add-on that allows users to enjoy their music on any player while helping to keep them safe and aware while on the road by syncing with their GPS and lowering the volume when they approach busy intersections.

To introduce Mutesic, Saatchi & Saatchi chose to show the add-on in action. In the 1:50 video above, you can see a young man enjoying Pharell’s international hit “Happy” while walking. As he approaches a busy intersection, the music automatically decreases in volume, allowing him to hear ambient warning sounds. The spot concludes by reminding viewers that Mutesic can’t prevent all types of accidents and that “…you still need to pay attention.”

M&C Saatchi LA Taps ‘Tiger Power’ for San Diego Zoo Safari Park


Yesterday M&C Saatchi LA launched a new campaign for the San Diego Zoo Safari Park’s new Tiger Trail exhibit, opening to the public on May 24, 2014. The multimedia campaign consists of TV, print, digital, outdoor and transit, targeting the Southern California region.

All three of the TV spots in the campaign feature kids visiting the new Tiger Trail at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and meeting a real Sumatran Tiger face to face, allowing them to tap into their own “tiger power,” which they put to unexpected use. In “Guitar Star” featured above, for example, a tween boy (with a somewhat disturbing mustache) continues rocking out at full volume even after his father pulls the plug on his amp.

“Tigers have an almost mythological connotation for their power and mystique. We wanted to show kids tapping into that to develop their confidence, their own tiger power, explained James Bray, creative director at M&C Saatchi LA.

“With the debut of this new exhibit, our guests will have a thrilling and awe-inspiring personal encounter with majestic Sumatran Tigers, and at the same time learn of the threats to this critically endangered species,” said Ted Molter, Chief Marketing Officer for San Diego Zoo Global.  “This campaign playfully asks our guests to identify with the confidence and power of tigers in the hopes that it will build greater appreciation for one of nature’s top predators.”

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