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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

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Cassies are Cheerfully Irrelevant

Grammys. Oscars. MTV Music Video Awards. Cassies. Some award shows are more popular than others, but at the end of the day, they are all irrelevant except to those who win. Instead of asking nominees to cover up their curves, as was protocol at this year’s Grammys, the best approach is to let it all hang out with some good old fashioned self-deprecation.

Here are three clever promos created by Toronto agency john st., which introduced us to “Buyral” not too long ago, for the 2013 Cassie Awards, which apparently have been billed by the parties involved as the Canadian Effies. If nobody else cares about your commercials, at least you can add a trivial trophy to the banner of the agency website only clients will know about. I’ll leave you to the other two spots and the credits after the jump before the imaginary orchestra cuts me off.

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Sapporo’s ‘Legendary Biru’ Wins Best in Show at ROI Awards

Sapporo – Legendary Biru from CRUSH on Vimeo.

Speaking strictly from an American perspective, this spot for Sapporo from Dentsu Canada has it all. Samurai! Dragons! Beer! Any commercial that can combine all three automatically wins some sort of respect for the ad community. Of course, an advertisement that combines all three this well deserves worldwide accolades, which were given yesterday at the ROI Awards in Shanghai where “Legendary Biru” took home four awards including Best in Show. Oh, and did we forget about the giant sumo wrestlers? They’re huge!

Okay, yes, this advertisement does pretty much reinforce every Japanese stereotype ever in just over two minutes (except for ninjas). But, have you ever seen the brewing process look this cool? Odds are you have some weird friend who’s way too into home brewing to ever shut up about it. This person tells you every boring detail about the new lager they’re making, and you really don’t care, but you feign interest because you want some of the finished product. Now, imagine if a normally boring home brewing story started with, “So, I got a new oarsmen to tame my dragon duo after the last guy died.” See? It’s a lot more fun.

It’s a lot to ask for such care and creativity to be out into the next Budweiser or Miller campaign, Japan’s longer and more interesting national history aside. But, the best part of “Legendary Biru” is that it will make you consider ordering a Sapporo the next time you see it on a beer list. Production companies Crush and Sons and Daughters went all out on this spot, and we hope to see further collaborations from the two in the future.

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