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Baker Street Advertising
November 11, 2018
Lesly Pyle

Stay In the Moment at Hotel Nikko

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Hotel Nikko challenged Baker Street to convey the hotel’s Zen-like experience in a way that would differentiate them from the other 4-star properties in San Francisco. Convincing people to stop and smell the roses in a society that moves at the speed of life, even while on vacation, is no small task.

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So we dug deep during our Discovery research phase and uncovered this truth: “In the world of luxury hotels, personality goes a long way.” This insight drove the thinking behind the “Stay in the Moment” campaign we created that’s anchored by a graphic time stamp. This stamp is a reoccurring device marking every metaphorical magic moment during a guest’s stay.

We refreshed Hotel Nikko’s website and added an extra dimension to the time stamp, making it a real-time clock. The home page appears like a live video feed as though the viewer is watching what’s happening at the Hotel Nikko at any given moment.

We also designed it to be completely responsive with a mobile-first UI/UX.

In the print world, the time stamp works as a static lock-up, freezing the moment in time. Like in these magazine ads we created specifically to entice British tourists.

As well as this Print and Poster Series strategically-placed around the property to create allure for a uniquely Nikko offering. The series works as a one-two punch, with one image showcasing an actual amenity and the other with a more conceptual graphic.

And who doesn’t love a nice surprise and delight “Do Not Disturb” door tag?

We also made some brochures that are, well, worth your time.

And here’s who literally Stayed In the Moment to make it all happen.

Clients:
VP/General Manager: Anna Marie Presutti
Director of Marketing and Revenue Strategy: Jeanne Ferrari
Associate Director of Marketing: Dani Ortega

Agency:
President: Jack Boland
Chief Creative Officer/Copywriter: Brian Bacino
Chief Strategy Officer: Don Donovan
Art Director: Ken Woodard
Copywriter: Lesly Pyle
Design Studio and Production Manager: Jeff Teator
Senior Strategist: Howie Leibach
Account Supervisor: Nick Spillner
Senior Account Executive: Juliana King

Branding, Brian Bacino, Hotel Nikko, Uncategorized

October 30, 2018
Brian Bacino

Stupid Fresh Time Machine Idea for Honda

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OK, this is the dumbest thing we’ve ever done for Honda. I think it’s my favorite.

Tasked with a straight-forward, shout-from-the-rooftops brief: “buy any new Honda now and pay nothing for 90 Days,” we created this clever notion that for a limited time, Hondas are like magic time machines.

Which, of course, means you can buy a Honda today and have enough time to grow ridiculous beards, hairstyles and give birth to your baby before you have to pay.

We imagined 90 days passing before your eyes, but rather than invest in special effects, we went with dumb jump cuts that make you smile. No matter how many times we see the joke, it’s a smile and a reminder that you can get any new Honda right now and pay nothing for 90 days.

We had some fun with our social messaging too, including the best Facebook header ever, if you like wagging dog tails:

Facebook Cover Video:

Social Media Social GIF: Civic

Social Media Social GIF: Accord

Social Media Social GIF: CR-V

Social Media Social GIF: Kelley Blue Book

And one of our better radio spots of the year was inspired by the most famous time machine ever — The DeLorean.

Baker Street Advertising Credits:
President: Jack Boland
Chief Creative Officer: Brian Bacino
Chief Strategy Officer: Don Donovan
TV Copywriter: Brian Bacino
Art Director (All Media): Sarah Inglis
Radio & Social Media Copywriter/Social Video Editor: Harrison Chapman
Producer: Brody McHugh
Creative Manager/Script Supervisor: Lesly Pyle
Group Account Director: Dan Nilsen
Associate Account Director: Christine Rodriguez
Account Supervisor: Megan Boland
Media Director: Glenn Yajko
Media Broadcasting Supervisor: Sheila Taylor
Media Supervisor: Jena Benzel
Senior Broadcast Buyers: Shelly Kalianis/Cel Vital Bella

Production Credits:
Director: Brian Bacino, Baker Street Advertising
Executive Producer: Jed Mortenson, Waypoint Films
Director of Photography: Kevin Emmons
Line Producer: Kevin Hayes
Editor: Michael Pickman-Thoon, Rough House Editorial
Colorist: Roger Krakow, Rough House Editorial
Graphics: Eric Stafford, Rough House Editorial
Audio Mixer: Andy Greenberg, One Union Recording

Accolades, Awards, Brian Bacino, Creative Chief B2, Honda, Uncategorized

October 9, 2018
Jena Benzel

This just in…Baker Street Advertising Snags SMARTIE for Hispanic Mobile Media Effort

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Baker Street’s multi-channel Siempre Contigo Hispanic Media effort for Honda continues to get attention, this time winning a SMARTIE Award for outstanding Mobile Amplification and Location-Based Targeting.

Check out the award video, created by our partners, Clear Channel OOH, to see how our Media Bakers are blending cutting-edge mobile technology and old school Out Of Home to create dramatic results.

OOH Board | Odyssey

OOH Board | CR-V

Before winning the SMARTIE Award, Baker Street’s media caught the eye of Dealer Marketing Magazine in this article that appeared in our blog post from July 2018.

Credits, Baker Street Advertising:
President: Jack Boland
Media Director: Glenn Yajko
Media Supervisor: Jena Benzel
Chief Strategy Officer: Don Donovan
Chief Creative Officer: Brian Bacino
Art Director: Ken Woodard
Group Account Director: Dan Nilsen
Associate Account Director: Christine Rodriguez
Account Supervisor: Megan Boland

Accolades, Awards, Baker Streeters, Digital Marketing, Honda, Uncategorized

August 2, 2018
Brian Bacino

It Takes a Village to Raise a Trophy

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It takes a village to raise a trophy – a village of dedicated, creative thinkers in every department – planning, media, account, creative and production – along with great clients.

Our Baker Street Advertising village scooped up 6 Communicator and 5 Telly Awards, as two of the nation’s prestigious advertising awards announced their winners.

Below is a breakdown of the awards and the celebrated work:

Communicator Awards:

SF Giants Interactive Campaign | Gold
— “We Are Sundays
— “Two For Tuesdays
— “Day Baseball
— “Orange Fridays

SF Giants :30 TV Spot | Gold
— “Meet the Closer

NorCal Honda Online Campaign | Gold
— “Civic Reasons
— “Speed vs. Space
— “Iceberg
— “Run The World

NorCal Honda Craft in Copywriting | Gold
— “Civic Reasons

NorCal Honda Online Animation | Gold
— “Iceberg

NorCal Honda Online Promotional Video | Silver
— “Speed vs. Space

Telly Awards:

SF Giants Interactive Campaign | Gold
— “We Are Sundays
— “Two For Tuesdays
— “Day Baseball

SF Giants :30 TV Spot | Gold
— “Meet the Closer

SF Giants Interactive Film | Silver
— “We Are Sundays

SF Giants Interactive Film | Silver
— “Orange Fridays

NorCal Honda Online Campaign | Bronze
— “Civic Reasons
— “Speed vs. Space
— “Iceberg

NorCal Honda | Pre-Roll Video | “Civic Reasons”

NorCal Honda | Pre-Roll Video | “Speed vs Space”

NorCal Honda | Pre-Roll Video | “Iceberg” 

NorCal Honda | Pre-Roll Video | “Run the World” 

SF Giants | Interactive Film | “We Are Sundays”

SF Giants | Interactive Film | “Two For Tuesdays” 

SF Giants | Interactive Film | “Day Baseball” 

SF Giants | Interactive Film | “Orange Fridays” 

SF Giants | :30 TV Spot | “Meet the Closer” 

Baker Street Advertising Credits (NorCal Honda Work):
President: Jack Boland
Chief Creative Officer: Brian Bacino
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
Media Director: Glenn Yajko
Media Broadcasting Supervisor: Sheila Taylor
Media Supervisor: Jena Benzel
Senior Broadcast Buyers: Shelly Kalianis/Cel Vital Bella

Production Credits (NorCal Honda Work):
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

Baker Street Advertising Credits (SF Giants Work):
President: Jack Boland
Chief Creative Officer: Brian Bacino
Chief Strategy Officer: Don Donovan
Copywriters: Brian Bacino/Robert Leon/Bob Dorfman
Art Directors: Ken Woodard/Jason Wong
Interactive/Cinemagraph Art Director: Xavier Li
Producer: Brody McHugh
Creative Manager/Script Supervisor: Lesly Pyle
Senior Strategist: Howie Leibach
Account Supervisor: Nick Spillner
Senior Account Executive: Juliana King
Media Director: Glenn Yajko
Media Broadcasting Supervisor: Sheila Taylor
Media Supervisor: Jena Benzel
Senior Broadcast Buyers: Shelly Kalianis/Cel Vital Bella

Production Credits (SF Giants Work):
Director: Brian Bacino, Baker Street Advertising
Executive Producer: Mark Dwyer, Dwyer Productions
Director of Photography: Cliff Traiman, Little Giant Lighting & Grip
Director of Photography “Meet The Closer”: Keith Pikus
Line Producer: Jon Bowden
Editor: Alan Chimenti, Ntropic Editorial
ECD/Founder: Nate Robinson, Ntropic Editorial
Post Producer: Emily Avoujageli & Danielle Cheifetz, Ntropic Editorial
VFX Director: Aaron Vasquez, Ntropic Editorial
VFX Artists: Ethan Chang & Miguel Diaz-Rivera, Ntropic Editorial
Colorists: Chris Martin, Nick Sanders, & Kristy Navarro, Ntropic Editorial
Graphics Artist: Erica Poat, Ntropic Editorial
Flame Artist: Mark Everson & Todd Hemsley, Ntropic Editorial
Junior Flame Artist: Jerome Knight, Ntropic Editorial
Rotoscoping Producer: John Mendaros​, Ntropic Editorial
Rotoscoping Artists: Roel Elaco, Jun dela Pena, Alfred Ilagen, Ntropic Editorial
Post Assistants: Gillen Burch & Yvonne Pon​, Ntropic Editorial
Audio Mixer: Andy Greenberg, One Union Recording

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

July 27, 2018
Glenn Yajko

Finding New Success In Classic Media

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What do you do when you have a highly-successful Hispanic advertising campaign that has fueled a majority of incremental total sales growth but is beginning to flatten? You reshuffle the media budget and meddle with the media mix.

That’s exactly what Baker Street Advertising did when we decided to introduce Outdoor media to the Siempre Contigo campaign.

We looked to outdoor as a way to increase reach among Hispanic car buyers while avoiding wasteful over-saturation within existing media. In addition, we wanted to bring the inspirational “Siempre Contigo” (“Always with you”) message into the neighborhoods where our prospective buyers live and work. Using mobile data to map movements of the Hispanic audience segment, we identified Out of Home (OOH) locations that over-indexed for reaching the Hispanic community. Locations were not purchased in the traditional 4-week cycle, but rather synched up with TV/Radio/Online in shorter bursts to maximize effectiveness of the campaign message and incentives. In addition, each Northern California Honda Dealer outdoor location was geo-fenced to deliver re-targeted mobile ads to those exposed to the OOH message, thereby increasing frequency and engagement with Hispanic auto-intenders.

Needless to say, the Northern California Honda Dealer OOH campaign of leveraging mobile data to identify place-based locations and deliver “incentive” messaging has been a tremendous success as outlined in this article from Dealer Marketing Magazine.

OOH Media Credits, Baker Street Advertising:
Media Director: Glenn Yajko
Media Supervisor: Jena Benzel

The OOH is an extension of a multi-media campaign including the following heartwarming TV spots:

Antonio’s | :30 TV Spot

Missing Monkey | :30 TV Spot

Floaties | :30 TV Spot

Credits, Baker Street Advertising:
President: Jack Boland
Chief Creative Officer: Brian Bacino
Chief Strategy Officer: Don Donovan
Copywriter: Claudio Martinez-Valle
Art Director: Ken Woodard
Producer: Brody McHugh
Creative Manager: Lesly Pyle
Group Account Director: Dan Nilsen
Associate Account Director: Christine Rodriguez
Senior Account Executive: Megan Boland
Senior Strategist: Howie Leibach
Media Broadcasting Supervisor: Sheila Taylor
Senior Broadcast Buyers: Shelly Kalianis/Cel Vital Bella

Credits, Production:
Director, Brian Bacino, Baker Street Advertising
Executive Producer, Jed Mortenson, Waypoint Films
Director of Photography: Kevin Emmons
Editor: Alan Chimenti, Ntropic
Producer: Tamara Treu, Ntropic
Senior Flame Artist: Amanda Amalfi, Ntropic
Sound Engineer: Andy Greenberg, One Union Recording

Analytics, Honda, Qualitative Research, Quantitative Research, Uncategorized

June 30, 2018
Lesly Pyle

Our #AskAnyHondaDriver Campaign Performs Just Like a Honda

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NorCal Honda’s #AskAnyHondaDriver testimonial campaign is in its 4th year and is the most robust campaign we’ve created so far — with 19 long-format web films and 28 unique TV/web videos since 2015. Talk about legendary dependability.
This year, we feature four new happy Honda stories from all over Northern California.

2014 | Accord | Chris and Kelsey | Monterey 
Teeing it up are two golf pros who definitely drive for show.

2017 CR-V | Samanta | Richmond 
Second, is super sweet Samanta Beltran, who’s a Contra Costa Country school counselor by day, a baker by night and a lifelong Honda driver by choice.

2010 & 2011 Fits | Peters Family | Santa Rosa 
Third, we have 6 feet 6 Jacob, 5-foot Lauren and their 150-pound Great Dane Charles who believe their two Fits are the perfect fit for their modern family.

2016 Odyssey | The Crandalls | Tiburon 
Lastly, The Crandall Family, who have three tiny tots and one of the tightest turns in Tiburon.

Not only does this campaign help drive Honda’s record sales, but it drives people into action. Or should we say, interaction? Before we launched the first five stories back in 2015, research from BSA’s trademark “Discovery” phase revealed that Honda drivers love their Hondas so much, they want to tell the world. So we gave them a stage. We created an interactive platform on NorCal Honda’s Facebook page called “Straight From The Street” where Honda drivers can share their own stories for a chance to have it professionally produced for television and digital media.  

As you can see, it worked. And keeps working, becoming a self-fulfilling cycle of success. Every user-submitted story is a free ad for Honda. And the folks we’ve chosen to feature, above-the-fold so-to-speak, have become evangelists, sharing their souped-up stories with their own networks creating tons of efficiently-priced eyeballs. Hows that for performance? 

To see the previous Honda stories we’ve created since 2015, click here: #AskAnyHondaDriver

Credits, Baker Street Advertising:
President: Jack Boland
Chief Creative Officer: Brian Bacino
Chief Strategy Officer: Don Donovan
Copywriters: Brian Bacino/Lesly Pyle
Art Director: Ken Woodard
Producer: Brody McHugh
Group Account Director: Dan Nilsen
Associate Account Director: Christine Rodriguez
Senior Account Executive: Lisa Coonts
Senior Strategist: Howie Leibach
Media Director: Glenn Yajko
Media Broadcasting Supervisor: Sheila Taylor
Media Supervisor: Jena Benzel
Senior Broadcast Buyers: Shelly Kalianis/Cel Vital Bella

Credits, Production:
Director, Brian Bacino, Baker Street Advertising
Executive Producer, Jed Mortenson, Waypoint Films
Director of Photography: Kevin Emmons
Editor: Alan Chimenti, Ntropic
Producer: Tamara Treu, Ntropic
Senior Flame Artist: Amanda Amalfi, Ntropic
Sound Engineer: Andy Greenberg, One Union Recording

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