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February 28, 2019
Krista Hubbel

Digital News with Krista | Edition 1

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Hi. I’m Krista. Baker Street’s newest Assistant Digital Planner and author of a new series called “Digital News with Krista.” The name, like my series, is intended to be direct. (Just the way the kids like it.)

Every other week, I’ll highlight 3 news articles on Digital trends and innovations and dissect them into digestible bits. (Just the way the kids like it.)

I welcome any feedback at khubbel@bakerstadvertising.com. Or tweet me @khub55. (You know, the kids).

YouTube Under Fire (Again)
The “Adpocalypse” has struck YouTube once again. Many large brands that advertise on the platform are putting their ads on hold or pulling their investments out completely, due to innocent videos of children (mainly young girls) receiving inappropriate and disturbing comments from pedophiles. Some of these brands include Disney, Epic Games, Nestle, Hasbro, and AT&T. This “wormhole” was initially shared by YouTube creator Matt Watson, who has become the leader of the #wakeupyoutube movement. Advertisers are looking to YouTube to take a more aggressive approach to the regulation of inappropriate content, to ensure brand safety for their ads. In response, YouTube has disabled derogatory comments, deleted numerous accounts, and are reporting all illegal activity to authorities. They have also reported that they will be making updates to their recommendation engine, in addition to making improvements to their AI systems. YouTube has also tightened their strike policy for Creators, which will go into effect today. Additional details can be found here.

Digital Becomes King
The future is Digital, according to the latest e-Marketer reports. Digital advertising investment is on the rise and is anticipated to surpass Traditional spend in the U.S. this year. We are talking about $130 Billion in total Digital ad spend by year end. This is due to a significant decline in Print spend as well as TV, which is suspected to dip by 2.2% this year. In the years to come, Digital ads are anticipated to make up two-thirds of all ad spending, with Mobile ads accounting for more than two-thirds of the Digital ad spend. Google and Facebook are expected to remain as the top 2 Digital platforms in terms of ad revenue, holding 59% of the market combined. The full article can be found here.

Cadillac Rises Above
Since the Superbowl commercial industry letdown, anticipation has increased for more creative ads. Cadillac rolled out a new advertising campaign called “Rise Above” which debuted nationally during the Oscars. This campaign is tailored to highlight new innovations with their SUV vehicles, and to showcase their updated crest. The models they chose to focus on were the Escalade, XT4 and XT5. Their ads focused on a consistent message around “perseverance.” Additionally, one of the TV spots showed various high-achieving women linked with driving these SUVs. As for their digital ads, Cadillac teamed up with Yalitza Aparicio (actress from “Roma”) to be the face of the ads, along with sharing stories of everyday people breaking barriers and overcoming adversity. You can read more about Cadillac’s new campaign here.

Automotive Marketing, Digital Marketing, Digital News with Krista, Uncategorized

January 10, 2019
Brian Bacino

How We Gamified The College Football National Championship

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Guess Who’s Coming?

That’s the question Baker Street posed to the Bay Area in our integrated digital, outdoor, and experiential campaign for this year’s College Football Playoff National Championship at Levi’s Stadium.

Our first step was to create an iconic poster and outdoor design, seen in the video below, that helped communicate that the National Championship game was actually the result of a playoff system involving the top 4 teams. This is only the 5th time the National Championship has been decided by the Playoff system.

The visual language of the campaign practically challenges fans to fill in the brackets, in their own mind, and make their own predictions. The design inspired a campaign where we literally asked fans to place the logos from the top 25 teams in the country, into the final four, and then make their predictions for the big game.

Did you guess right?

Baker Street Advertising Credits:
President: Jack Boland
Chief Creative Officer: Brian Bacino
Chief Strategy Officer: Don Donovan
Copywriter: Bob Dorfman
Art Directors: Corey Stolberg/Jason Wong
Producer: Brody McHugh
Creative Manager: Lesly Pyle
Design Studio and Production Manager: Jeff Teator
Group Account Director: Dan Nilsen
Account Supervisor: Nick Spillner
Media Director: Glenn Yajko
Media Supervisor: Jena Benzel
Senior Broadcast Buyers: Shelly Kalianis/Cel Vital Bella

Production Credits:
Director: Brian Bacino
Executive Producer: Michael Pickman-Thoon, Rough House Editorial
Director of Photography: Cliff Traiman, Little Giant Lighting & Grip
Editor: Michael Pickman-Thoon, Rough House Editorial
Colorist: Roger Krakow, Rough House Editorial
Motion Graphics: Eric Stafford, Rough House Editorial
Post Producer: James Hagedorn, Rough House Editorial
Audio Mixer: Jeremiah Moore, Rough House Editorial

Brian Bacino, Creative Chief B2, Sports, Sports Marketing, Uncategorized

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.

Animated GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

Hotel Nikko San Francisco Restaurant Anzu GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

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