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Weekly Recap: November 25 – December 1

December 1, 2017

With the world of advertising and marketing moving so quickly, it can be hard to keep up with trends, ads, and more. Not to worry, we have you covered. This week, we recapped some of our favourite ads that happened throughout the week. Enjoy!

Written by Dakarai

Uber and MADD get together for emotional campaign

D: I think in today’s age it’s a reality that we’ve grown a bit desensitized to drunk driving commercials. We’ve all seen the messaging. They are intended to shock the audience into never even thinking of taking the wheels while under the influence. However, drunk driving is still a huge problem. MADD has launched “Motherhood”, a 60 second video that is actually aimed at those Canadians that are desensitized. The question is, what will it take for people to stop drinking and driving? Are these campaigns reaching them? Is the target their friends? There are a lot of questions to be asked but “Motherhood” is taking a step in the right direction with their PSA.

Spotify taps into their consumer data for a brilliant campaign

D: You might have remembered Spotify’s campaign last year, “Thank’s 2016” written by yours truly. Well this year they’re using the same approach in leveraging all of that hilarious consumer data and turning it into funny billboards. They’ve tapped into the amount of times embarrassing song has been streamed, or a weird playlist and more and have turned them into funny copy lines, such as “2018 Goals. Take a page from the 3,445 people who streamed the “Boozy Brunch” playlist on a Wednesday this year.”. It’s a fun play from the brand that also shows just how many active users they have. I mean all I know is if they referenced my playlist or a song I’m guilty of streaming a million times, they’ve just turned me into a lifetime member. Where do I sign up? See below for a few of my favourites.


That’s our weekly recap to keep you up to date on the best ads, trends, and more that we could find over the week. You can check out our last weekly recap here. Think we missed something important? Let us know! Also, be sure to follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

Weekly Recap

Weekly Recap: November 18 – November 24

November 24, 2017

With the world of advertising and marketing moving so quickly, it can be hard to keep up with trends, ads, and more. Not to worry, we have you covered. This week, we recapped some of our favourite ads that happened throughout the week. Enjoy!

Written by Malick, Dakarai, and Nick

Apple gets in the holiday spirit with “Sway”.

D: The brand recently debuted their 90 second holiday commercial, “Sway”. It tells the classic story of boy meets girl, love at first sight, and all that jazz while also shedding light on a product benefit. The story follows a woman walking the cold and snowy streets. She stops to play the music on her phone and we see that she is sporting the Apple AirPods (wireless earbuds). While dancing to the tunes like she’s in her own world she bumps into a man that catches her eye. The woman takes one of her earbuds out and places it in his ear, and they begin dancing together like they’ve known each other for an eternity. It’s a great feel good spot in time for the holiday’s which does a great job demonstrating the AirPods. I mean, you never know when you’ll need to lend your soulmate an earbud, right?

M: At the end of the day, this ad is supposed to sell headphones, but makes a strong case for effective storytelling in advertising. I get certain brands try to be as tactical as possible and drive hard hitting messages, but this kind of emotional advertising breaks through so much clutter that exists this time of year. The importance of emotional advertising is underrated. It’s easy to always want to push sales especially considering this time of year when the goal is to make as much moola as possible. Honestly, this is one of my favourite Holiday spots of the year. Check it out below:


Sports Experts puts Montréal residents to the test

D: Did you know that 85% of people in Montréal choose the escalator over the stairs in their Metro transit? Okay, maybe that’s not surprising at all. However, Canadian sports retailer, Sports Experts capitalized on this problem by installing a digital activation in the steepest Metro subway station. The activation scans your body heat and is able to detect if you walked up the 200 stairs or if you simply took the escalator to the top. “The Thermal Discount” gave those brave enough to take the stairs discounts to Sports Experts based on the amount they sweat. This of course prompted many people to run up and down the stairs in hopes that they could increase their discount. At the end of the day, it’s a fun interactive idea that gets people in your store. I can confidently say that I would have tried this way too many times.

Amazon Gets Physical on Black Friday

N: Retail behemoth Amazon made its mark pioneering online retail.  They disrupted the idea that stores need an actual storefront.  And they’re disrupting the storefront again – pulling a 180 at the same time.

Their ‘Home of Black Friday’ pop-up in London could be the next step in the evolution of a store.  Because it’s less a store than it is an experience – admittedly an overused marketing trope, but it rings true.  And Amazon takes that idea into hyperdrive with their “store”.

The big one is QR codes, allowing consumers to scan and visit the product page while simultaneously inspecting the actual product – a true integration of the physical and digital shopping experiences.  Orders can then be delivered at home or in-store (within two hours).  Amazon also offers master classes, tastings, small business workshops, and product tutorials.  Designed to feel like a house, people can browse thematically while engaging with products in a natural setting – an idea borrowed from the likes of Ikea.

This may just feel like a pop-up, but don’t be surprised if this starts a trend for physical stores.


That’s our weekly recap to keep you up to date on the best ads, trends, and more that we could find over the week. You can check out our last weekly recap here. Think we missed something important? Let us know! Also, be sure to follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.


Jordan Brand for Our Native Land

June 23, 2017

Guest Article By: Jerome Cheng


With a brand as prominent as Jordan, you would think opening only the second brand store in North America would be all that is needed to create a proper buzz in the city. Just might be, but with Nike and Jordan, you know they’re coming correct on the launch.

Here to stay. @1tylerennis, @MStrooo6, and @mr1LOVETO #RECO6NIZE the 416.

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Let’s start with a bit about me so you know where I’m coming from. My name is Jerome Cheng. I’m a self diagnosed shoe addict. My particular drug of choice is, in fact, Jordan. Opening a brand store in my city is an event, but how do you create the excitement I have in someone who is not a diehard fan?

Here is how Jordan did it right:

The tease.

We already knew what it might feel like. During the 2016 NBA All Star game, hosted here in Toronto, we got a taste of how Jordan brand would exist north of the border with a temporary pop up opened through the weekend. When it was all said and done, we were promised a permanent location to be opened at a time TBD. For nearly a year and a half, 306 Yonge was a tease of interchanging posters and building anticipation.


The buzz.

The official open of the 306 Yonge Jordan store was Saturday, May 27th at 6:23am. The week leading in was dedicated to building excitement for what was to come. Through that week, various Toronto influencers were invited group by group to experience 306 Yonge ahead of launch. What’s the benefit of this? This way, Jordan brand doesn’t need any promotional material to tell you how great they are. Instead, for a full week before launch, every important Toronto person you know and are following on social is sharing with you why this store is big for brand and the city.

The experience.

I am no Toronto influencer. But, I have the fortunate privilege of knowing some who brought me along to document their visit to the store. The full experience created by Jordan brand puts you as close to the feeling of being a Jordan athlete without the actual training, physical ability or talent. You start with a tour of the retail space and history of the brand. Immediately you understand how important Jordan has been to sports culture and why having the store in this city is so monumental. Then, you get brought up to Centre 23, the private training facility complete with decked out locker room, personalized gear for our visiting guests and a personal training session. First you get introduced to the gear, then you get to try it first hand. By the end, you feel like a member of the Jordan family and quite frankly, inclined to invest in their brand.

I know I’m coming from a biased spot when I say Jordan just nails it when it comes to brand and experience. Does not take a lot from them to hook me in. But the general steps of building intrigue for your launch, enlisting the city’s best influencers to promote it and providing a top level experience in your store is something every brand should aim to do.


Jerome Cheng is a freelance videographer and associate producer at Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment. He just finished the Multimedia Design and Development program at Humber College. When he’s not trying to create silly videos for the interwebs, he’s engaged in an ongoing search for his next pair of shoes, playing and watching basketball or finding content on the aforementioned interwebs. Connect with Jerome through LinkedIn or Instagram 

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Chatbots Revisited – Where Are They Now?

June 13, 2017

Last summer I dove into ‘chatbots’ for one of my articles, since I was amazed at the functionality and convenience that these bots could bring. However, even though I was impressed with the functional benefits, I can be extremely honest and say I still don’t use chatbots almost a year later. I don’t use them and frankly, I don’t know anyone else that does either.

For those of you that don’t know what they are, I got you covered. Chatbots are relatively new tech that allows for one-to-one interactions between brands and consumers. Think of them as virtual assistants on platforms such as: Facebook Messenger, Twitter DM’s, and iMessage. You can simply interact with a brand’s page for certain services. Need specific news updates everyday? There’s a CNN chatbot for that. Need recipes for any food you can think of? There’s a Whole Foods chatbot for that. Sounds pretty awesome right? Of course. However, I don’t think we’re ready for these kind of services. As a society, we’re not at the level yet where we need to send a food emoji to Whole Foods for a specific recipe. Sure that option is fascinating and cool, but I’d argue it isn’t very practical. Sure, we could use the Score’s chatbot for game time sport notifications, but you could also just use their app like a regular person.

When I first wrote about chatbots it was almost like a phenomenon. I envisioned a world where we didn’t need to visit company websites or apps and could simply get the bulk of their services by interacting with their bots. I mean why order a Dominoes pizza through their website when you can ask for one on Facebook Messenger? It all sounds really cool until you take a second and think of the alternative. It is already extremely easy to order a pizza online and I don’t think there’s a person alive that complains about this process.

For chatbots to ever actually kick in, they need to lean away from only being customer service oriented. An example of this would be the L’Oreal bot that was released on Mother’s Day. The “Beauty Gifter” was a bot that would ask you questions about your mother in order to recommend the perfect gift box from a L’Oreal brand. For chatbots to survive, they need to provide unique value for customers. If we can get the same functionality from your chatbot through your site or app, we are not going to engage with the bot. It’s as simple as that.

I’d like to know what you all think of chatbots. You can’t deny that the technology is cool, although the question is whether or not it’s practical. Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below!


Dakarai is an ambitious professional with a passion for advertising and marketing, and is currently employed as an account coordinator for an ad agency in Toronto. When he’s not at the office, he’s most likely trying out a new restaurant, browsing AdWeek, or binge watching something on Netflix. Dakarai, but you can call him Dak. Follow him on TwitterInstagram, and connect with him on LinkedIn.