Toronto-based advertising agency John Street has completely revolutionized the entire idea of today's modern advertising by instilling fear in consumers. They have coined the term 'exFEARential,' which, according to its site, "(means) to invoke fear while creating a brand experience for consumers."
In today's society, we are overwhelmed by our senses and one thing that catches our eye is the shock, stunt and prank factor. It is this that will generate talk and attention; searing the brand into consumer's minds creates something you will never forget.
The video starts off with a couple in bed in the middle of the night; two male intruders come in and pull them down the stairs. The couple thinks they're being robbed and suddenly, a drape comes down and they see a group of people holding beers, offering them one. This is one example of the extremities John Street take to attract consumer's attention.
Megan Towers, an Exfearience planner says, "fear releases adrenaline, which is directly linked to memory, so we're literally searing our brand into their minds."
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