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LA Ad Agency Wakes Up Sleepy Category

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Arcana Academy for Sealy – ‘Tester’ and ‘Good Neighbours’

LA Ad Agency Wakes Up Sleepy Category

 

Mattress commercials aren’t typically known in ad land for being creative hotbeds, but an upstart Los Angeles-based agency has changed all that with this cheeky television campaign for mattress giant Sealy, Inc.
 
Arcana Academy opened last December with the North Carolina-based brand as its founding client and the following brief: launch the Optimum memory foam version of Sealy’s famous Posturepedic mattress – a product designed to compete with specialty mattress maker Tempur-Pedic.
 
The agency conceived several playful TV spots to remind viewers that mattresses are made for more than just sleeping. The tagline: “It’s better on springs. Whatever you do in bed, Sealy supports it.”
 
These latest spots brim with simplicity and innuendo. In ‘Tester’, the camera zooms in on an actual, rump-shaped mattress tester. It plunges down into the bed as coquettish French music extolling the product features plays on the soundtrack.
 
 
Similarly, ‘Good Neighbors’ suggests much without showing anything. Mysterious noises emanating from the abode of an unseen owner of a Sealy Posturpedic begins to attract several curious and irritated neighbors. What’s actually happening is never shown, any inferences are entirely the viewers’ own.
 
 
Since Arcana Academy began working for Sealy, Optimum mattress sales have increased. Tempur-Pedic’s stock price, meanwhile, dropped to nearly 1/3 of its value despite outspending its competitor by more than $150 million. Then, in a classic ‘if-you-can't-beat-'em-join-'em’ move, Tempur-Pedic bought Sealy, Inc, forming the largest mattress consortium in the world. 
 
Created by Arcana Academy founders and award-winning creatives Shane Hutton (ex-Modernista!) and Lee Walters (ex-Arnold Worldwide), the campaign has breathed new life into a sleepy category and attracted a more youthful, vibrant audience to the brand.
 
Credits
 
Title: Good Neighbors
Client: Sealy Inc.
Agency: Arcana Academy
Creative Director/Writer: Shane Hutton
Creative Director/Art Director: Lee Walters
Agency Producer: Charles Wolford
Director: Arni & Kinski
Production Company: aWHITELABELproduct
Executive Producer: Annique De Caestecker , Ellen Jacobson-Clarke , Oliver Hicks
Post Production: Cindy Chapman , Les Sorrentino, Gizmo Rivera
Editor: The Whitehouse, Los Angeles - Heidi Black
Music: The Lodge
 
 
Title: Tester
Client: Sealy Inc.
Agency: Arcana Academy
Creative Director/Writer: Shane Hutton
Creative Director/Art Director: Lee Walters
Agency Producer: Timmi Goldstein
Director:
 Blind/Greg Gunn
Production Company:
 Blind
Executive Producer:
 David Kleinman
Post Producer:
 S. Tobin Kirk
Editor:
 Justine Gerenstein
Music:
 Beacon Street Studios
 
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lbbonline.com, Tue, 04 Dec 2012 14:52:26 GMT