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W+K Portland Launches First Work for Weight Watchers

W+K Portland has launched a new campaign for Weight Watchers, its first for the brand since winning creative duties back in April.

In a new 60-second spot, W+K drops the celebrity-driven approach taken by previous agency McCann (whose latest work featured Jessica Simpson), instead going for a universal theme of “eating your feelings.” The ad, entitled “If You’re Happy…” is set to an adaption of the popular children’s song “If You’re Happy And You Know It” by Tony Babino. “If you’re happy and you know it, eat a snack,” he sings at the beginning of the spot over shots of people happily enjoying ice cream, burgers and cake. Around 15 seconds in the tune changes to “If you’re sad…” and later on to such feelings as “bored,” “lonely” and “sleepy” before finally ending with “If you’re human and you know it, eat your feelings, eat a snack” and ending with the tagline, “Help with the hard part” before finally showing the Weight Watchers logo.

It’s an interesting tactic, tapping into the insight that people associate eating with all types of emotions rather than relying on a celebrity endorsement, which seems to be the standard for the category. W+K seems to be banking on the empathy and relatability of the message being more persuasive than association with celebrity.

According to The New York Times, the ad will “be introduced broadly on Sunday” with an emphasis on “programming apt to draw multiple members of a household” like “the midseason finale of The Walking Dead on AMC on Sunday and the season finale of The Voice on NBC on Dec. 15.” The ad will also “appear widely in cinemas,” which Lesya Lysyj, president of Weight Watchers in North America, told The New York Times “…is great because you’re sitting there with your huge thing of popcorn.”

“We’ve never actually said that weight loss is easy, but when you use celebrities and show before-and-after photos, what you’re doing is kind of implying that it is easy,” she added, explaining the move away from celebrity endorsements. Read more

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It’s Halloween, So Let’s Watch the Year’s Best Free Online Webcam Stalker Film

The above creepy film comes from ZBros Productions, a quartet of NYC ad creatives including JWT’s Stefan Havercamp, BBH’s Jan Jaworski, Grey’s Tom Kropp and Mcgarrybowen’s Branden Kramer (of the Situation Shirt fame).

Based on actual events, “Webcam” follows a young girl who, unbeknownst to her, is being watched by a creepy dude who’s hacked her webcam. And, given that it’s filmed completely from the perspective of the villainous stalker, it can be quite unnerving watching something from such a voyeuristic perspective, especially when the young girl dances around in her underwear and gets intimate with a male suitor. Basically, if your boss catches you watching this at work and doesn’t understand that it’s a “film,” you will look like a total perv. With this in mind, exercise caution when viewing “Webcam” in the workplace.

“Webcam” is a PSA of sorts, as statistics at the end of the film are used to warn viewers of the pervasive amount of webcam hacking that takes place online. After watching, you’ll probably think twice the next time you leave your laptop open. Remember, if the light next to your webcam doesn’t come on when in use, stop, scream, and run to your nearest Apple Store. That’s where the victim in “Webcam” went wrong. Credits after the jump.

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MRM Creative Joins Music Video Business

Few And Far Between – Don’t Slow Down Music Video 718 fps from Stefan Haverkamp on Vimeo.

It was a little over a month ago that Tangible Worldwide created the music video for Y La Bamba’s “Juniper.” So, as predicted, other creatives are following suit. This time around, MRM Worldwide’s Stefan Haverkamp does directing duty in the above music video for Brooklyn by way of Detroit rockers Few and Far Between.

While the goofy video may scare off those offended by a dude in his underwear drilling into rock or find the video’s play on the song’s title, “Can’t Slow Down,” just plain annoying, it’s honestly a very well-crafted and produced video for a band that no one has ever heard of. In fact, put it aside any videos playing on MTV right now (there are like two that play during show credits), and it’s a worthy contender for a VMA. As easy as it is for an amateur band to sound well beyond their years due to the miracle of ProTools, it’s even easier to have a professional looking music video due to a wealth of advertising creatives with, apparently, some free time on their hands.

With this second example of advertising industry veterans jumping into a business once dominated by names like Spike Jonze, Chris Cunningham, Hype Williams, Michel Gondry and David LaChapelle, the question is no longer “if” creatives will continue in this business but “why.” Well, one can assume that with YouTube being the main way music videos are now consumed by fans, the barrier to entry is now far lower than it was when cable executives stood in the way. Add to that small bands wanting national exposure, advertising creatives’ familiarity with viral marketing and a low price tag for their services, and you have an entire new set of names in control of a music industry that needs some good (or at least, big) ideas. It’s as much of an opportunity for individuals as it is for well-established agencies.

Credits after the jump.
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