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Sport in a box

 

Client: The United Nations

Uncle Yaris

 

Client: Toyota

Toyota was preparing to replace the Echo which had replaced the Tercel. The new model was a funny looking sub-compact with few competitive advantages. It was also stuck with an odd sounding name that meant nothing to Canadians: Yaris.

The car would sell to older drivers based on value alone, but for a successful launch it had to be embraced by the youth market – a group Toyota had always struggled to connect with.

The answer? Uncle Yaris. Uncle Yaris was born in Europe. He was surprisingly quick. He could carry a lot. He was very colourful and he played great tunes. Uncle Yaris was a blind launch. People loved him and his seemingly random skills.

Only later did they find out that these were actually attributes of a funny looking car.

The result was the most successful launch in Toyota’s history. In the space of a few weeks the name Yaris was firmly planted in the hearts and minds of young Canadian drivers. The campaign also won a Gold Cassie. But more importantly Yaris has lead the sub-compact category in sales every month since it launched. Also, the mean age of Toyota sub-compact drivers dropped a full eleven years.

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Blame Yaris

Uncle Yaris was followed up with the 'Blame Yaris' campaign that depicted how the many features of the Yaris were used in a series of historical events, from a Trojan horse to stealing the nose off the Sphynix in Ancient Eygpt.

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Absolut ritual

 

Client: Seagram

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Eventually everyone retires

Client: AGF Mutual funds

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Never get lost again

 

Client: Infiniti Motors Canada

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