Extra Gum’s Emotional Origami Commercial

Appealing to emotions is a crucial part of advertising, and this can be especially true in more “boring” categories. If an advertisement can assign a sentimental value to something that is typically thought of as practical, it’s a great strategic advantage. This is very apparent in a new commercial from Extra Gum, created by Energy BBDO Chicago. Gum might not be the most exciting item, and its sales have been falling in recent years. So Extra falls on its classic identity of a long-lasting gum in an unexpected way.

The spot starts with a father teaching his young daughter how to make a paper crane with his gum wrapper, and she starts making her own. Time marches on, and the birds become something of a collector’s item for the girl as she grows up. Finally, the parents are packing the car to send her off to college, when the father drops a box…and then finds that it’s full of paper cranes. If that was a reference to the thousand paper cranes legend, it’s a great one. The ad closes with a voiceover saying “sometimes the little things last the longest.” Overall, the spot has a similar message (though a less beautiful execution) to Vodafone’s ad from earlier this year. It’s a nice, sweet, sentimental commercial. Is it a little sappy? Yep. But a little sap isn’t so bad sometimes.

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