I typically dislike it when creatives use the negative to sell a product, as often times the ideas aren’t as sophisticated and rely on immature or brash imagery and tone to share a message. It can be funny, sure, but also can leave a neutral or sour taste about the brand. The Mayhem character is not a new one to the advertising world; bad guys who are stopped by the advertised product have definitely been successful in the past. It just seems that a great example of such a technique hasn’t appeared in a while.
What I find especially successful about this campaign is a combination of well thought-out factors. One, the casting couldn’t have been more spot on. Dean Winters—from shows like Oz and 30 Rock—really epitomizes the Mayhem persona. He wears a suit but looks like he just got out of a bar fight. He’s calm and straightforward about the destruction he causes and that matter-of-factness really hits home—especially when Winters literally hits homes. Or cars. Or motorcycles.
What music is being used in the background of “Freelance Promotion”? And who has done the voiceover, link to the freelancer?