How To Make A Million In Three Days

Posted By Matthew Ellis / August, 2, 2014 / 0 comments

Johnnie Walker has chosen a unique marketing campaign to promote its Blue Label Whiskey, one that involves Jude Law, the British Virgin Islands, and an priceless Italian boat.

What’s unique about this campaign is that instead of the usual television spot, where companies pay for the viewers, Johnnie Walker has spent the money to produce it’s own short film, one with a compelling story and a cliff hanger. The hope is that the video will become so viral that it will raise more awareness than a traditional TV spot.

However, this type of marketing is risky because there is no guarantee that anyone will watch the video, resulting in a large quantity of money being spent with no reward. However, only being out three days, the YouTube video has already attracted over a million viewers. And with the cliffhanger ending, the sequel is bound to attract the same if not more viewers than the first, raising even more awareness for the Johnnie Walker name.

German Sponsor Adidas Wins As Well

Posted By Matthew Ellis / July, 15, 2014 / 0 comments

Even at the beginning of the worldwide tournament, it was certain that there were two companies battling for the top spot. Adidas had sponsored 9 teams and Nike sponsored 10. Although Puma sponsored a total of 8 teams, none of the 8  seemed likely to win. However, even before the final game, one company was obviously the victor.

At the beginning of the tournament, both Nike and Adidas seemed to have equal chances of winning. Nike held possible winners such as Brazil, Netherlands, Portugal, and France, which included stars such as Christiano Ronaldo and Neymar Jr.. Adidas held Germany, Argentina, Colombia and Spain with stars such as Lionel Messi, James Rodriguez, and Thomas Muller. By the semi-finals, both companies had two teams still in the race, but it quickly went Adidas’ way.


 Both of Adidas’ teams in the semi-finals, Germany and Argentina, advanced to the final, guaranteeing Adidas the winning team. Additionally, Nike’s star athlete, Neymar Jr., was injured before the semi-finals and did not participate. Adidas held the top three scorers in the tournament, two of which were playing in the final game. Germany, Adidas’ home country, ended up winning the Cup, Lionel Messi won the Golden Ball award, Manuel Neuer won the Golden Glove award, and James Rodriguez won the Golden Boot award – all sponsored by Adidas.

These results mean that people everywhere will be buying the jerseys and gear of these teams and players, all of which are sold by Adidas. On the other hand, although Nike held some of the most popular players at the beginning of the tournament, those players will most likely earn less income for Nike than previously anticipated. As a result, Adidas forecasts a 7% or 8% increase in sales. If the numbers hold true, Adidas will earn $400 million more in soccer sales than Nike in the year to come.

Either Adidas is lucky or they have great insight into how to pick teams.

World Cup kit sponsorship

Who’s Confident, Who’s Not?

Posted By Matthew Ellis / July, 12, 2014 / 0 comments

The 2014 World Cup has more social media traffic than any other sporting event in history. The upcoming final of Germany and Argentina will add even more to this new record, but we asked ourselves, which country is more excited for the final. It being such a social media success, we believed in social media lies the answer.

Argentina has more mentions than Germany across every major social media site. In total, there have been 35.4 million social mentions of Argentina on social media sites so far this World Cup, whereas Germany only has 22.7 million social mentions. Argentina has received more social mentions than Germany with each victory in every round of the World Cup. Also, the star Argentinian player, Lionel Messi, is the second most talked about player in the entire Cup, with 26 million mentions, whereas the most talked about player on Germany is Thomas Muller, with only 2.7 million mentions.

Germany’s social mentions, however, are much more positive than Argentina’s. 27% of Germany’s discussions are positive towards the team and 19% are negative. Argentina, on the other hand, has only a 22% positive rating and a 20% negative rating, which, according to the data, shows more people believe Germany has a higher chance of winning. Germany is also involved in the most talked about game of the World Cup; Germany vs. Brazil, for obvious reasons, reached 4.8 million mentions in only 90 minutes.

Argentina may lead the discussion on social media, but German fans are more verbally confident that they will win. Watch the game on Sunday to see if they’re right.

Arg Ger Fans Image

World Cup Outscores Super Bowl in the Ad World

Posted By Matthew Ellis / July, 3, 2014 / 0 comments

Sports fans and non-sports fans alike know about the notoriety of a Super Bowl ad. Everyone looks forward to the commercials that accompany the game, sometimes even more than the game itself. However, another event may be more deserving of the ad notoriety.

The FIFA World Cup ads have attracted more viewers on YouTube than the NFL’s Super Bowl. The clips shown in our post earlier have helped to reach 1.2 billion minutes of World Cup-related advertising viewership just in one week. This number is four times the amount people spent watching Super Bowl ads last year! Since the World Cup has begun, there have been almost 600 million World Cup-related searches on Google. These ads include companies such as McDonalds, Nike, Beats by Dre, Coca Cola, Adidas, ESPN, Pepsi, and GoPro, and they include stars such as Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar Jr., Rooney and Howard.

The statistics show more people are excited to watch futbol ads than football ads. If you haven’t seen them yet be sure to watch all the TV spots and videos on our previous post that all of us at JGA have enjoyed watching.

Super Bowl vs. World Cup Advertising Info Graphic


2014 World Cup Commercials

Posted By Priscilla Barbanell / June, 12, 2014 / 0 comments

Because we are the ultimate viking-soccer loving agency, Johnson Gray has compiled the top 2014 World Cup Commercials and videos thus far.

GOL by McDonald’s

Winner Stays by Nike

The Last Game by Nike Football

The Game Before the Game by Beats By Dre

One World, One Game – Everyone’s Invited by Coca Cola

I am Brazuca by Adidas

I Believe by ESPN

Now is What You Make It by Pepsi

Brasil Futebol – For The Love by GoPro


How Fresh.

Posted By Kari Wilhelm / April, 3, 2014 / 0 comments

With Pinnacle Capital Mortgage being our third rebrand this year, we decided to go with…get ready for it (drum roll on whichever office appliance is in closest proximity)…a simple, clean, and all around better look and feel.

Pinnacle Capital Mortgage is structured as a parent company to Peak Mortgage and Alpine Mortgage Planning. The JGA team saw an importance in creating brand consistency between all three conglomerates yet give each branch the opportunity to customize their individual sites separately. Each site went under some much needed spring cleaning, along with logo enhancements, testimonials, and a nifty mortgage calculator. Usability is another noteworthy improvement with the addition of mobile friendly sites and an advanced mapping system to easily locate offices and affiliated brokers across the country.

Pinnacle Capital Mortgage, Peak Mortgage and Alpine Mortgage Planning Website Design

Pinnacle Capital Mortgage, Peak Mortgage and Alpine Mortgage Planning Website Design

Cross-Cultural Medicare Campaign

Posted By Priscilla Barbanell / January, 21, 2014 / 0 comments

PIH Health recently engaged their diverse community with an extension of their cross-cultural Medicare campaign. Serving the Los Angeles County with their network of hospitals, urgent care centers and physician groups; the seasonal arrival of Medicare Open Enrollment meant the timing was right for an informative campaign. Their goal being to engage their senior community by offering informational seminars on various health and wellness topics, educate their community on the benefits of staying active and healthy, and assist in simplifying the at times complicated Open Enrollment process.

The Johnson Gray team met this complex situation head on by starting with both qualitative and quantitative research. With expertise in pinpointing and implementing multicultural media options, we achieved high efficiency and reach for PIH Health’s ethnically diverse target audiences. Our strategy helped catapult this noteworthy campaign with print, online, outdoor, TV, digital, and direct mail pieces in English, Spanish, and Chinese.

PIH Health Medicare Open Enrollment Creative

PIH Health Medicare Open Enrollment Creative

The creative concept made an emotional appeal that resonated culturally within each group. Collateral portrayed people enjoying healthy, active lifestyles. This was in line with PIH Health’s desire to inform prospective users of available resources and help them make the best choices for their healthcare needs.

As a dedicated group of multicultural Vikings, the Johnson Gray team was excited for PIH Health to see a notable increase in attendance at their personal wellness workshops, even surpassing forecasted numbers.

Good Creative Holds the Test of Time

Posted By Priscilla Barbanell / January, 18, 2014 / 0 comments

The month of January is named after the Roman god Janus who is usually depicted with having two heads facing in opposite direction. One head to look back at the year behind us, evaluating our regrets and celebrating our successes and the other to look forward to the future year to make resolutions and hope for the best.

In honor of the head looking back and focusing on agency accomplishments we asked President of Johnson Gray Advertising, Will Johnson, to share one of his most memorable creative accomplishments.

OBIE Award Winning Chest Pain Outdoor Board

OBIE Award Winning Chest Pain Outdoor Board

Exactly 20 years ago in 1994, Will launched a campaign for Daniel Freeman Marina Hospital, who is still a client with a slight name change, Marina Del Rey Hospital. The “Chest Pain” campaign was well acknowledged and received numerous national awards including an OBIE (Outdoor Advertising Association of America) for the outdoor board in 1995.

OBIE Awarded to Johnson Gray Advertising in 1995 for the Chest Pain Campaign - Daniel Freeman Marina Hospital