I asked Lost Marketing Director Ryan Divel to explain the thinking behind the ads.
Ryan: Quit taking yourself so seriously. Have fun with what you're doing. We don't wear suits and ties so quit acting like it. The ideas behind everyone of the ads we've done is just to capture attention and crack a smile.
The political ad was just a play on the times at hand.
The SITA brand of the year (a play off the SIMA Image awards) was just self proclamation when we felt overlooked.
And the Team TJ (Tijuana) ad was something I had been thinking of forever and just decided to pull the trigger. That one basically started this roll and I had to put my job on the line.
Ryan:I get stopped a few times a week by people giving me positive comments.
I don't think they (the ads) are that outrageous compared to beer commercials, but that just shows you how stale things in our industry have become.
I was cornered by the founder/president of a company we ran a mock ad of, turns out he complimented me on the whole deal and agreed how our industry needs to just lighten up a bit. He understood that imitation is the best form of flattery. It was refreshing to hear that kind of response from someone of his stature, especially when others can be such whiners.
Ryan:Mostly in the surf magazines. ING, ER, TWS. We have some viral e-mail media flowing through the web as well.
Ryan:I hear constantly from people who know where Lost came from, that we needed to get back to this spot. I think for a while we were trying to be something we're not. When the ads became homogenized, the vibe of the brand reflected that. This applies to the events we've been involved with lately as well.
Ryan:I think most of us prefer going through the day with a little bit more laughter. I know I crack myself up. That's the main reason why we do these. If we can point out the absurd within this industry and even farther, an angels gets it's wings and the world becomes a happier place.
Here's a new ad that is a homage to the old Gotcha campaign: