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Posts Tagged ‘Ben Flaherty’

FCB Chicago Helps Grandma ‘Shop Like A Boss’ for Kmart

FCB Chicago keeps things weird for Kmart in their latest spot for the brand, “Shop Like A Boss,” although it’s nowhere near as strange as the brand’s Christmas campaign.

The spot opens on a grandma-type, billed as “Shop Your Way Member Julia Ruiz,” sitting at her computer. After clicking a button, she throws on her hoodie, shades and bling as the soundtrack shifts from serene birds chirping to a hip-hop beat. Soon she’s joined by the two other members of her entourage, and the rest of the spot (the full-length version runs around 95 seconds) is basically a music video. Ruiz and her crew roll up to Kmart, dance around, and pick up her order.

It’s a pretty simple idea, but it’s not without its moments. In the full-length version some of the humor lies just in how the idea is drawn out to such great length, and also how well this Ruiz character plays the part. The spot is meant to promote Kmart’s “shop online, pay in-store” feature, which is touted by a voiceover at the spot’s conclusion. While some viewers may not draw the connection from “Shop Like A Boss” to the service, the spot is at least (quite) memorable and ties the idea to the brand.

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FCB Chicago Introduces ‘The Truck Whisperer’ for Fleetmatics


Earlier this month FCB Chicago introduced “The Truck Whisperer” for fleet tracking and management service Fleetmatics.

While a “Dog Whisperer” parody may have come across as edgy and topical say, 6 years ago, FCB Chicago’s character mostly felt flat and slightly annoying. The newly added additions to the campaign, unfortunately, take things even further in the annoying direction. The new spots — “What?”, “Therapy”, “10 & 2” and “Cinderblocks” continue embellishing the “Truck Whisperer” character. “Cinderblocks” (above), for example, sees the character pained over the fate of a truck and wishing he had been contacted sooner. If you like the character already (can’t imagine that’s a lot of you), the new spots may tickle your fancy, or may sour you on him, as there’s even less to like than with the original “Meet The Trick Whisperer” spot. If you don’t, they certainly won’t do anything to change your mind. All told, this is kind of a curious approach for Fleetmatics, and we’re not sure it’s doing much for the brand. Stick around for credits and more from the “Truck Whisperer” after the jump. Read more

Kmart, DraftFCB Create a Haunting, Visually-Stunning Halloween Spot

It’s always wonderful when brands (and agencies) totally surprise you. That’s the way I felt upon viewing Kmart’s and DraftFCB Chicago’s “Halloween Costume Challenge,” a dark, Matrix-esque new seasonal spot starring dancer Monternez “Monty” Rezel of America’s Got Talent.

In the parking lot of a Kmart store on Chicago’s northwest side (the Addison and Kimball location for those familiar), Rezel set a Guinness World Record by going through 150 costume changes in just over six hours filming this spot. Set to David Condos‘ song “Like Wolves,” the spot freezes Rezel in midair during his dance, with a circle of cameras capturing his moves in 360-degree glory.

For those social mediaites out there (we know you’re out there), the live-stream of the event garnered 148 mentions, 33 retweets and 453,000 impressions. Alright, so those metrics aren’t that amazing (because I wasn’t invited and no one watches live-streams unless someone is breaking the speed of sound), but the end product is. And, really, when you have a spot this good, that’s all that matters. Credits after the jump.

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