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Baker Street Advertising
September 25, 2017
Brian Bacino

NorCal Honda Takes on Millennials

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#Millennials #and #Adulting

While developing work for Honda’s latest campaign, targeted toward younger car buyers, we discovered The Holy Grail of Millennial Marketing Secrets:

Millennials are young humans!!!

There it is. We shared our billion bitcoin secret.

We also created a campaign that taps into a powerful life stage our 20-something target is experiencing: “Adulting” — that moment when you find yourself, for the first time, doing very grownup things. And to break through the skepticism, millennials have toward slickly-prepared advertising, we enlisted Bent Image Lab to create a look that seems to be homemade and organic, yet jumps from the small mobile screen with cutting edge technology. By the way, Millennials would hate that last sentence.

Web Videos

“Civic Reasons” :30

“Speed vs Space” :30

“Iceberg” :30

Baker Street Advertising Credits:
Chief Creative Officer: Brian Bacino
President: Jack Boland
Chief Strategy Officer: Don Donovan
Copywriters: Brian Bacino/Robert Leon/Sarah Inglis/Bob Dorfman/Lesly Pyle
Art Directors: Sarah Inglis/Ken Woodard
Producers: Julie Costanzo/Brody McHugh/Lauren Finerman
Senior Strategist: Howie Leibach
Group Account Director: Dan Nilsen
Account Supervisor: Christine Rodriguez
Senior Account Executive: Megan Boland

Production Credits:
Directors: Soloman Burbridge, Joshua Cox and Rob Shaw, Bent Image Lab
Partner/Executive Producer: Ray DiCarlo, Bent Image Lab
Executive Producer: Anthony Greene, Bent Image Lab
Producers: Brianna Vitale/Gabi Villasenor, Bent Image Lab
Sound Engineer: Lance Limbocker, Limbocker Studios

Brian Bacino, Creative Chief B2, Data Analytics, Digital Marketing, Honda, Uncategorized

August 19, 2017
Howie Leibach

Are Millennials About To Kill Ads Too?

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According to new research from The McCarthy Group over 84% of Millennials no longer respond to traditional forms of advertising, nor do they trust it.

And Only 1% of Millennials say a compelling ad would make them trust a brand more.

It sounds pretty dire; but does the ad industry actually believe this?

BSA has noticed a shift in ad strategy to “address” the polarizing belief that Millennials — the same awful generation who killed cable TV, the beer industry, hotels, and even Applebees — will soon want to kill ads too.

Curious how some agencies are beginning to please these Millennial “media-killing” machines?

Here are 3 big trends I’m seeing right now:

1. The product takes a back seat to content.

So Millennials don’t like ads? Let’s just hide the product behind good content!

Recently Chase created a Battle of the Paddle video to promote Chase QuickPay. Rather than hard-sell their payment product anywhere upfront, Chase was more concerned about great content. They got high profile names to play in a competitive game of ping-pong, and only after breaking lots of furniture at the very end do Steph Curry and Serena Williams subtly use product at the end.

Here, Chase realizes that people are coming to watch the stars. They aren’t necessarily interested in shoving the product down people’s throats. Chase’s value proposition is compelling content, not the product — which is downplayed, but promoted towards the end.

This soft-sell strategy relies heavily on attracting organic eyeballs first, with the hope that Chase’s product trickles down to interest just some of the majority of people — most of whom only came for Steph and Serena content.

2. Destroy the ad.

So Millennials want to skip ads? Let’s just blow it up before they can!

This strategy is being utilized by a few gutsy agencies with a defeatist (or perhaps honest) mindset: if you can’t beat them; join them!

Geico grabs your attention by bragging “You can’t skip this ad because it’s already over!” They know you don’t want an ad to begin with. So just skip it … courtesy of them!

Geico, and other top brands like Honda are filming ads with a new POV: the whole concept of an ad is perhaps too aggressive and silly — and they’re willing to play along.

This rather transparent approach says “hey, we know that you know that all we really want is your attention so let’s just be honest about what’s happening here, make you laugh, and maybe you’ll like us a little more long term.”

Sometimes humility goes a long way and you might take interest in the brand. And sometimes they just entertain you for 6 seconds and you move on with your life.

It could go either way.

3. We’re in on the joke!

Millennials are over ads? Let’s just disguise them as something else altogether!

Netflix was caught trolling themselves in order to promote a new comedy lineup.

To promote their new big comedy lineup Netflix disguised billboards throughout LA as rude Netflix insults. Jerry Seinfeld, Dave Chapelle, Chris Rock, Amy Schumer and Adam Sandler all have multi-million dollar deals on Netflix.

By making themselves the butt of a joke, Netflix got lots of blank stares, but also got lots of people talking — and created a PR firestorm in the process.

Like most of their disruptive content, Netflix got by on word-of-mouth for years. So this approach feeds into their DNA — let’s get people talking first — and worry about the construct second.

So is it finally time to flip your Millennial campaigns up-side-down?

In short…no.

At BSA, we believe you should embrace your product benefits; not hide from them. Yes, you need creativity as all the digital concepts above definitely have, but don’t underestimate the most basic and essential ingredient for success: purchase intent!

In BSA’s most recent NorCal Honda Millennial campaign, we are flashy, fun and hopefully trendy. But we also play up the notion that Millennials are ambitious and want to make things happen. The Honda car models tap into their psyche, offering aspirational benefits — Rule The World, Climb The Ladder, Be the Man/Woman You Want To Be!…It all comes together in a Honda….But first we remind them that it can only happen by getting into the dealership.

Ad Trends

These experimental ad formats are a response to Millennials becoming hyper-stimulated, super-low-attention-span-clicking digital natives who get inundated with 1000s of ads each day.

It leads to a risky agency POV of “whatever we put out there for picky Millennials must now be game-changing content they’ve never seen before!”

But Millennials don’t actually want hyper-stimulating, outside-the-box content. They just need content to be relevant, intriguing and useful.

Yes, Millennials skip ads if they’re bored (59% of them skip) but 29% of them actually watch online ads to full completion.

So of the 80 million Millennials out there, at least 23 million will hear you out at any given moment.

Just make sure you have something to say.

Sources:
Huffington Post
Google Images
Adage
Business Insider
MillennialBranding.com
ClickZ.com
http://www.businessinsider.com/millennials-skip-youtube-ads-and-thats-ok-2017-1
http://millennialbranding.com/2015/millennial-consumer-study/
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/matthew-tyson/millennials-want-brands-t_b_9032718.html
https://www.clickz.com/84-percent-of-millennials-dont-trust-traditional-advertising/27030/
http://variety.com/2016/digital/news/millennial-gen-z-youtube-netflix-video-social-tv-study-1201740829/

Analytics, Data Analytics, Digital Marketing, Honda, Qualitative Research, Quantitative Research, Uncategorized

April 13, 2017
Brian Bacino

Siempre Contigo Campaign 2017

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Human truths have a universal language.
Brand truths are the ultimate message.

These two principals are the cornerstones of one of Baker Street’s most powerful and influential campaigns ever imagined for our NorCal Honda client. It also happens to be our Hispanic effort, “Siempre Contigo,” which means “Always with You.”

This year’s campaign features four new stories that proclaim with emotion and authenticity that Honda is always there for life’s special moments, thanks to its legendary dependability.
:30 TV Spot: “Checklist”
(View the Spanish version at: https://vimeo.com/213148460)


:30 TV Spot: “Lunchbox”
(View the Spanish version at: https://vimeo.com/213148672)


:30 TV Spot: “Firefighter”
(View the Spanish version at: https://vimeo.com/213148838)


:30 TV Spot: “Lion”
(View the Spanish version at: https://vimeo.com/213148929)


In-Store Signage

Our fabulous husband and wife photography team, the Conroys, also captured these moments beautifully for our suite of POP and digital efforts.

Free-Standing Floor Signs

In-Dealership Posters

Baker Street Advertising Credits:
Chief Creative Officer: Brian Bacino
President: Jack Boland
Chief Strategy Officer: Don Donovan
Copywriters: Claudio Martinez-Valle/Robert Leon
Art Director: Ken Woodard
Producer: Brody McHugh
Creative Manager/Lion Double: Lesly Pyle
Senior Strategist: Howie Leibach
Group Account Director: Dan Nilsen
Account Supervisor: Christine Rodriguez
Senior Account Executive: Megan Boland

Production Credits:
Director: Brian Bacino, Baker Street Advertising
Executive Producer: Jed Mortenson, Waypoint Films
Director of Photography: Kevin Emmons
Line Producer: Kevin Hayes
Editor: Alan Chimenti, Ntropic Editorial
Post Producer: Danielle Cheifetz, Ntropic Editorial
Colorists: Chris Martin & Nick Sanders, Ntropic Editorial
Graphics Artist: Erica Poat, Ntropic Editorial
Flame Artist: Mark Everson, Ntropic Editorial
Assistant Editor: Gillen Burch, Ntropic Editorial
Audio Mixer: Andy Greenberg, One Union Recording

Photography Credits:
Jessica Tanzer Conroy and Alexx Conroy, Conroy Tanzer Photographic Services

Brian Bacino, Honda

February 15, 2017
Brian Bacino

An Unprecedented Presidents Day

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“Did you hear the Presidents’ news?”
“Ya. It’s Unprecedented.”

That’s the premise of our new TV commercial and internet films for NorCal Honda’s Unprecedented Presidents Day Sale.

:30 Unprecedented Presidents Day TV Spot

Our Honda Presidential Icons are back by popular demand and this time find themselves talking politics in a diner. At least that’s what it seems like they are discussing in this surreal spot that begins like a scene out of Pulp Fiction before revealing George Washington and Abe Lincoln having pancakes and bacon and chewing the fat about the unprecedented president news. Of course, the news turns out to be unprecedented deals on new Hondas.

Subsequent internet films drop in on the First and Sixteenth Presidents as they get their groove on in a new Civic and see how many Potuses they can put in the back of a CR-V. Fun stuff created on the fly at our TV shoot by our in-house crew, Lesly Pyle and Harrison Chapman.

“10-Speaker Sound System” Social Video

“160-Watt Man Bun” Social Video

Baker Street Advertising Credits:
Chief Creative Officer: Brian Bacino
President: Jack Boland
Chief Strategy Officer: Don Donovan
Copywriters: Brian Bacino/Lesly Pyle
Art Directors: Corey Stolberg/Jason Wong
Social Animator: Xavier Li
Producer: Brody McHugh
Social Video Cameraman/Editor: Harrison Chapman
Senior Strategist: Howie Leibach
Group Account Director: Dan Nilsen
Account Supervisor: Christine Rodriguez
Senior Account Executive: Megan Boland
Assistant Account Executive: Noah Zepponi

Production Credits:
Director: Brian Bacino, Baker Street Advertising
Executive Producer: Mark Dwyer, Dwyer Productions
Director of Photography: Cliff Traiman, Little Giant Lighting & Grip
Editor/Post Producer: Michael Pickman-Thoon, Rough House Editorial
Colorist: Roger Krakow, Rough House Editorial
CG Artist: Eric Stafford, Rough House Editorial
Audio Mixer: Andy Greenberg, One Union Recording

Brian Bacino, Creative Chief B2, Honda, Presidents' Day Sale, Uncategorized

January 9, 2017
Brian Bacino

Honda Wallet Vacation

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As we not so subtly pointed out in our “Almost Over” Happy Honda Days spot, holiday shopping can really put your wallet through the wringer.

That’s why we followed up with the first annual Honda Wallet Vacation Sale. The dream child of art director, Sarah Inglis, and carefully sculpted by the Editorial and FX team at Beast, The Wallet Vacation Sale takes us to an exotic island fantasy where we see nothing but wallets and purses chilling out, thanks to Honda’s unique No Payment for 90 Days offer.

:30 Wallet Vacation TV Spot: Sedan

:30 Wallet Vacation TV Spot: SUV

In-Store Signage

 

Baker Street Advertising Credits:
Chief Creative Officer: Brian Bacino
President: Jack Boland
Chief Strategy Officer: Don Donovan
Art Director: Sarah Inglis
Copywriters: Sarah Inglis/Bob Dorfman/Robert Leon
Social Animator: Xavier Li
Producer: Brody McHugh
Senior Strategist: Howie Leibach
Group Account Director: Dan Nilsen
Account Supervisor: Christine Rodriguez
Senior Account Executive: Megan Boland
Assistant Account Executive: Noah Zepponi

Production Credits:
Executive Producer: Lori Joseph, Beast Editorial & SFX
Producer: Gordon Wittman, Beast Editorial & SFX
VFX Supervisor/CG Artist: Michael, Beast Editorial & SFX
CG Artist: Evan Ryan, Beast Editorial & SFX
Editor: Darren Orr, Beast Editorial & SFX
Color/Online Artist: Matt Trivan, Beast Editorial & SFX
Audio Mixer: Andy Greenberg, One Union

Brian Bacino, Creative Chief B2, Honda, Uncategorized

December 20, 2016
Brian Bacino

2016 Year In Review

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2016. Well, that didn’t turn out exactly the way we expected.

Lots of surprises.

Some of them, not so good.

Like not having our beloved SF Giants fulfill their even year prophecy.

But we still had a ton of fun making the work and helped the Giants continue their record-breaking attendance streak. (Click image below to see the 2016 Giants Campaign page.)

And speaking of records, NorCal Honda continued its sizzling pace thanks to a calendar chockfull of sales events, testimonial films and a robust digital and social media effort.

The first series of key frames below is from our “Go Small. Get Big.” campaign. (Click image below to visit the campaign page.) And the second set is from our seasonal sales events.

Plus, we introduced a new social campaign for Acura called “More of a Good Thing,” featuring 3 inspiring stories from NorCal Acura drivers who are making their world a better place.

The Lin’s Story :30

To see the Lin’s full story, click here.

Marshal’s Story :30

To see Marshal’s full story, click here.

The Young’s Story :30

To see the Young’s full story, click here.

So, while 2016 had its fair share of challenges, Baker Street had its fair share of fun making work for our clients and watching their businesses grow. Check it out in our video below, “Baker Streeters Love the Work”:

And, oh yeah, we launched our website. You know, the one you’re on.

Brian Bacino, Creative Chief B2, Honda, SF Giants, Sports, Sports Marketing, Uncategorized

July 15, 2016
Brian Bacino

Honda “Go Small. Get Big.”

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It is often said that when it comes to creating advertising and marketing experiences, if you want it Good, Fast, and Cheap — you have to choose 2.
Well, we just destroyed that myth.

SMALL Post 3.Wed.6.8

In just 4 weeks Baker Street identified a key strategic insight, tested its potential lift and created a hard-hitting, visually-stunning campaign for our NorCal Honda Client, spending a fraction of what competitors pay for production. (Of course we nearly killed our producer, Brody McHugh, in the process but she seems to be coming around. So it’s all good.)

During our Discovery process, our Economic Behaviorists, identified a national trend showing many drivers opting for sub compact cars and smaller SUVs and trucks. To take advantage of this trend, and to show off Honda’s legendary line of small and sporty cars, especially the new HR-V, Baker Street quickly created this multi-channel campaign idea that had a field day with forced perspective photography and film. These eye-popping spots show when you Go Small you Get Big time performance, space, and pure fun.
 
HR-V Spot:

 
 Fit Spot:

 
 Civic Spot:

 
 HR-V + Fit Combo Spot:

 
Floor Stand and Banner:
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In-Store Poster:
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Social Posts:
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Credits, Baker Street Advertising:
Chief Creative Officer: Brian Bacino
President: Jack Boland
Chief Strategy Officer: Don Donovan
Copywriter: Bob Dorfman
Art Director: Corey Stolberg
Producer: Brody McHugh
Senior Strategist: Howie Leibach
Creative Manager/Copywriter (Social): Lesly Pyle
In-House Editor/Cameraman: Harrison Chapman
Group Account Director: Dan Nilsen
Senior Account Executive: Megan Boland
Assistant Account Executive: Noah Zepponi

Credits, Production:
Director: Brian Bacino, Baker Street Advertising
Producer: Jed Mortenson, Waypoint Films
DP: Kevin Emmons
Post ECD: Nathan Robinson, Ntropic
Editor: Alan Chimenti, Ntropic
Colorist: Chris Martin, Ntropic
Assistant Editor: Gillen Burch, Ntropic
Lead Flame Artist: Matt Tremaglio, Ntropic
Flame Artist: Nathan Walker, Ntropic
Senior Designer: Tali Oliver, Ntropic
Design Assistant: Erica Post, Ntropic
Assistant: Yvonne Pon, Ntropic
Senior Producer/Head of Production: Emily Avoujageli, Ntropic
Audio Mixer: Andy Greenberg, One Union

Brian Bacino, Honda, Uncategorized

October 11, 2015
Brian Bacino

New Hondas For All

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The most innovative aspect of our new integrated campaign for Honda is…we made the whole thing up!
Using our proprietary Discovery technique we unearthed a brand new insight that resulted in a brand new sales event targeted to people who were NOT THINKING of a brand new car. We targeted used car shoppers with a remarkable fact: Hondas are currently priced so low, there’s no reason to consider used. Couple that with the psychology of giving your child the safest, most reliable option, and you’ve got yourself a W.

TV Spot 1 “Cannonball” :30


TV Spot 2 “Cheeseburger” :30


 
Social Video 1 “Diving Kid” :10

Social Video 2 “New vs. Used” :10
 

POP:

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Credits, Baker Street Advertising:

President: Jack Boland
Chief Strategy Officer: Don Donovan
Chief Creative Officer (TV/Print/Social): Brian Bacino
Art Director (TV/Print/Web/Social): Corey Stolberg
Copywriter (TV/Print/Web/Social): Bob Dorfman
Producer (TV): Brody McHugh
Behind-The-Scenes Photographer: Lesly Pyle
Editor (Social): Harrison Chapman
Group Account Director: Dan Nilsen
Senior Account Executive: Megan Boland
Production (Print): Jeff Teator

12004123_964756916916216_2387784244411960261_nAbove Water Diver: Rick Pomi (does his own stunts).

Below Water Diver: Harrison Chapman (does whatever it takes to get the shot.)


Credits, TV Production:

Director, Brian Bacino, Baker Street Advertising
Executive Producer, Mark Dwyer, Dwyer Productions
DP: Kevin Emmons
Editor: Michael Pickman-Thoon, Rough House Editorial
Colorist: Roger Krakow, Rough House Editorial
Post Producer: Todd Lindow, Rough House Editorial
Motion Graphics: Eric Stafford, Rough House Editorial
Audio Engineer: Andy Greenberg, One Union

Underwater B-Cam Operator, Harrison Chapman, Baker Street Advertising

Brian Bacino, Creative Chief B2, Honda, Uncategorized

September 28, 2015
Lesly Pyle

What Happened in Vegas

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What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. Except this: Baker Street Advertising won Agency of the Year at the Internet Marketing Association’s IMPACT15 digital marketing conference.
 
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When two of our leaders were invited to be keynote speakers at IMPACT15 in Las Vegas, we had no idea how far this ride would take us. We were honored to have our President and Founder, Jack Boland, and our Creative Chief, Brian Bacino, reppin’ on the main stage. They presented “Together We’re Giant,” a dive into digital sports marketing, alongside our client Tom McDonald, the SVP of Marketing at the San Francisco Giants.

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And Don Donovan AKA the “Sherlock Holmes of Big Data” AKA our Chief Strategy Officer, presented “Cracking the Code of Big Data” in a breakout session. Other speakers included executives from global behemoths like Barnes & Noble Education, Oracle Data Cloud and Evite. So, yeah, we were already stoked to be a part of it.

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But little did we know that more things to celebrate were coming our way. In addition to winning Digital Agency of the Year, Baker Street Advertising also took home four more IMPACT15 trophies — in four distinct social media categories for three of our clients: the San Francisco Giants, Northern California Honda Dealers and Sun-Maid.
 
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Community Engagement Leadership Award

San Francisco Giants: “Big Speech” as seen below:
 

 
Best Use of Twitter
San Francisco Giants: “Together We’re Giant”
 
Facebook Customization Award
Northern California Honda Dealerships: “#AskAnyHondaDriver Testimonial Campaign”
 
YouTube Informational Award
Sun-Maid Raisins: “Snacktivities”
 
Check out the case study videos for the three winners listed above here: http://bakerstadvertising.com/proof/
 
So how do we think it happened?
 
According to BSA Prez Jack Boland: “Our approach to marketing and our mantra is: ‘Discovery. Creativity. Proof.’ From insight to strategically-sound creative to concrete results, winning these awards is a testament to our unique model.”
 
BSA’s Chief Creative Officer, Brian Bacino, adds “This show is about getting results. Which we did, but I also think the judges couldn’t resist falling in love with the creative.”
 
Fellas, your staff agrees. And couldn’t be more excited about it.
 
Here’s a little more info on the Internet Marketing Association (IMA) and IMPACT15:
 
IMPACT15 is a three-day global conference focused on how to get your customer’s attention through innovation.
 
IMA is one of the fastest growing Internet marketing groups in the world, with more than 1,000,000 professional members in fields including sales, marketing, business ownership, programming and creative development. It provides a platform where proven Internet marketing strategies are demonstrated and shared to increase members’ value to their organizations. www.imanetwork.org
 

Accolades, Awards, Brian Bacino, Creative Chief B2, Honda, SF Giants, Sports, Sports Marketing, Uncategorized

September 1, 2015
Brian Bacino

#AskAnyHondaDriver Testimonial Film Series

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In the game of happiness, Honda owners are winning. Ironically (perhaps) they are kicking the well-appointed butts of BMW, Audi, and Mercedes drivers in the loving-their-car-as- well-as-their-life department. Besides hearing epic Honda stories, we met the best people on earth. Maybe because an authentic, quality automobile attracts authentic, quality people. See for yourself by viewing our film project here: #AskAnyHondaDriver

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Credits, Baker Street Advertising:

Chief Creative Officer: Brian Bacino
Senior Copywriter: Robert Leon
Senior Art Director: Sarah Inglis
Producer: Brody McHugh
President: Jack Boland
Chief Strategy Officer: Don Donovan
Group Account Director: Dan Nilsen
Senior Account Executive: Megan Boland

Credits, Production:

Director, Brian Bacino, Baker Street Advertising
Producer, Jed Mortenson, Waypoint Films
DP: Kevin Emmons
Editor: Michael Pickman-Thoon and Leif Salvesen, Rough House Editorial
Colorist: Roger Krakow, Rough House Editorial
Post Producer: Todd Lindow, Rough House Editorial
Motion Graphics and Compositing: Eric Stafford, Rough House Editorial
Assistant Editor and Compressionist: Elijiah Pahati
Audio Mixer: Matt Zipkin, One Union

Brian Bacino, Creative Chief B2, Honda