Juniper Park\TBWA

The agency brings together strategy, design and advertising to power its disruption philosophy.
Percy the Penguin, standing in as the audience, took a bigger role in CIBC’s creative work after Juniper Park\ TBWA tapped into insight that the consumer should be at the heart of the communication message.

Percy the Penguin, standing in as the audience, took a bigger role in CIBC’s creative work after Juniper Park\ TBWA tapped into insight that the consumer should be at the heart of the communication message.

JUNIPER PARK\TBWA’S Jill Nykoliation practically bursts with a secret she has to keep. The Toronto-based agency was asked to pitch on a massive U.S. client – the only Canadian shop to be invited – and word literally just came down that the agency won the bid.

“It’s huge,” the agency CEO says. “So American!” But she had to remain mum at press time.

The brand – like many JP\TBWA clients – was undeterred by the five-hour flight or three-hour time difference. In fact, today 50% of the shop’s business is international, with many of the agency’s clients happy to work with an out-of-country firm because of the strength in the final product, Nykoliation says.

The agency created a pop-up shop selling a fictitious label to call out naysayers who put the blame on rape victims.

The agency created a pop-up shop selling a fictitious label to call out naysayers who put the blame on rape victims.

That international success comes down to JP\TBWA’s approach, she says. Their power comes from bringing together the disciplines of strategy, design and advertising. They wholly embrace the network’s Disruption philosophy (a process that calls for challenging convention to find growth), which the agency adopted on its 2015 merger.

To this end, the 160-person shop brought in Mark Tomblin as chief strategy officer, and increased its planning group to 12, investing heavily in data and analytics tools that allow JP\TBWA to deepen its insight gathering techniques. This allows the team to offer analysis on real-time events and to predict and manipulate future events based on current cultural trends. The agency also taps into the broader TBWA global network of 211 trend and culture spotters, who create daily global intelligence briefings for the agency.

“Under Tomblin’s leadership, we’ve fully embraced TBWA’s Disruption approach in order to become a knowledge and data-based cultural engine for our clients,” Nykoliation says.

Consent is simple. Really. But some people need helpful images to break down the topic. The cheeky (literally) shots break down what a “yes” actually looks like.
Consent is simple. Really. But some people need helpful images to break down the topic. The cheeky (literally) shots break down what a “yes” actually looks like.

Consent is simple. Really. But some people need helpful images to break down the topic. The cheeky (literally) shots break down what a “yes” actually looks like.

“CIBC epitomizes our strategy-first, culturedriven, disruptive approach to marketing,” says Tomblin. After receiving customer feedback from more than 15,000 Canadians, the brand heard loud and clear that consumers struggled to differentiate between bank branding. More humanity, and distinctive design (always a JP\TBWA specialty), became the core components of the new brand platform “Banking that fits your life.”

Percy the Penguin – the brand’s feathered mascot for its travel rewards program – got an expanded remit, appearing in more of the bank’s marketing efforts. More recently, CIBC rolled out a new TV push, with Percy in the leading role using CIBC’s mobile services to make life easier.

This was a shift in how the bank approached branding overall, Tomblin says. Marketing went from bank-centric messaging to consumer-centric messaging – how the brand fit in with the audience’s day-to-day, rather than a focus on the bank’s products. Percy the Penguin, CIBC’s now famous mascot, acts as a visual metaphor for the consumer, rather than the bank. While he can’t share results, Tomblin says the campaign has been hugely successful, and helped the brand win the ICA’s silver Client of the Year award.

To promote Miller Lite’s sponsorship of the Governors Ball, Juniper Park\TBWA created a bevy of posters featuring a King Kong-type character, tasking different artists with interpreting the event. The result was a unified, but compelling artistic approach to the annual soiree.

To promote Miller Lite’s sponsorship of the Governors Ball, Juniper Park\TBWA created a bevy of posters featuring a King Kong-type character, tasking different artists with interpreting the event. The result was a unified, but compelling artistic approach to the annual soiree.
As part of its continuing work for Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, Juniper Park\TBWA created a campaign hammering home that when journalists are targeted, the truth dies.

As part of its continuing work for Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, Juniper Park\TBWA created a campaign hammering home that when journalists are targeted, the truth dies.

It’s been a great year in hardware for JP\TBWA, which has picked up a couple ADCC and Applied Arts trophies, not to mention the Gold Sustained Success CASSIES honour for its Nissan “Conquer All Conditions” campaign. Internationally, it’s added a pair of D&AD, Webby and LIA awards to its trophy case.

The agency has also added nearly three dozen people in the past year to accommodate growth, including Adam Lang and Lisa Wall as VP/GADs, Min Ryuck as director of digital strategy and Andrew Schultze as director of multi-platform production. This growth has been fueled by new international clients, such as L.A.-based Capital Group and Johnson & Johnson hair lines OGX and Maui Moisture.

Nykoliation is just as excited about the future, with new campaigns having just broken for GoDaddy, OGX, Nissan and CIBC. “We continue to defy the paradigm of what a ‘Canadian agency’ should be,” she says. “Clients don’t care where we’re located – they want our unique offering.”

Tapping Raptor’s baller Jonas Valančiūnas, JP\TBWA showed off how easy it is to create a website with GoDaddy and get business booming.
Tapping Raptor’s baller Jonas Valančiūnas, JP\TBWA showed off how easy it is to create a website with GoDaddy and get business booming.

Tapping Raptor’s baller Jonas Valančiūnas, JP\TBWA showed off how easy it is to create a website with GoDaddy and get business booming.

CONTACT

Jill Nykoliation

CEO

jill.nykoliation@jptbwa.com