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Weird Al Stars in GSD&M’s Holiday Effort for Radio Shack

In an attempt to boost holiday sales, GSD&M enlisted the services of one Weird Al Yankovic on behalf of the struggling Radio Shack.

The resurgent Yankovic, of course, just had the first number one album of his career with his fourteenth full-length, Mandatory Fun. Radioshack CMO Jennifer Warren cited Yankovic’s resurgent popularity and “cross generational appeal” in explaining the decision to enlist the King of Parody, telling MediaPost, “He’s had a resurgence, including a No. 1 album, and an appearance on the Grammies, as well as a recent tour of the talk shows.”

And, indeed, Yankovic has appeal from everyone from those introduced to the parodist in the eighties, to those of us who bought Bad Hair Day on compact dist in elementary school, to the kids just being introduced to him today through the music videos he released to promote the new album. But does GSD&M make it work?

Kind of. Yankovic’s quirky, nerdy charm is certainly on display in the ad, and Radio Shack could benefit from the association, but the spot stops short of fulfilling its comedic potential. When a customer asks if Radio Shack carries HeliQuads, Shack employee Yankovic bursts into song about how it is the perfect place for holidays toys for, boys, girls, and your cousin Bob who is 43 and lives at home. GSD&M worked from a script, collaborating with Yankovic from there, according to GSD&M President Marianne Malina. Given Yankovic’s distinct personality (which is what you got him for), it may have made more sense to just let him come up with his own ideas.

Interestingly, the ad will debut in cinemas, where viewers can use the Shazam app to download a longer version. The ad is part of GSD&M’s larger “Gift Smart” campaign as the agency continues to attempt to start conversations around the sinking Radio Shack brand. Recent efforts include the suggestive back-to-school campaign, which ruffled a few conservative feathers with its innuendo.

“Everything we’ve done together…is about getting buzz, and getting back into the conversation,” Warren told MediaPost. Read more

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GSD&M Convinces Southwest Airlines to Show Us Its Pearly Whites

Today Austin’s GSD&M released a sunny new spot for client Southwest Airlines in order to promote its just-announced vacation destinations.

The “just got our passport” theme stems from the fact that Southwest will begin flying to spots outside the continental U.S. for the first time in its more-than-40-year history on July 1st.

The agency enlisted award-winning photographer Martin Schoeller, a celebrity portraitist whose subjects include various film stars and regular guys with wives and kids, to direct the spot–hence its focus on confessional close-ups of the people who have a good time helping you get to where you’re going.

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The Faces of L.L. Bean Light Up the Holidays

Meet A.J., a sales associate at an L.L. Bean retail store somewhere in America. Having worked in clothing retail for a good number of years, I can tell you with great certainty that A.J.’s an overachiever. If his portrayal in this holiday campaign for L.L. Bean from GSD&M is an accurate depiction of A.J.’s expansive knowledge of the clothing he sells, his manager must love him and his co-workers must secretly despise him, making a special point not to invite him out to after work drinks at the local Maine tavern.

Thankfully, not every employee in this TV and online campaign is as unlikable as A.J. For example, we have Jason, the enthusiastic, no nonsense, heavily accented leather cutter. Be honest, wouldn’t you love it if you knew your boots were cut by this guy?

And then there’s Nicole, a “comfort-seller” who works in the L.L. Bean footwear department. A.J. could really learn a valuable lesson from Nicole’s dedication to her customer’s happiness. Remember, A.J., instead of being a suck up and memorizing totally useless information about your store’s products, just be kind and courteous, like Nicole. That’s why she gets to go out for drinks and you’re stuck at home with only your mesh pockets to keep you warm.

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