Today, Specsavers Canada launched its new ‘Should’ve Gone to Specsavers’ campaign with a spot called ‘Airport’. The spot was developed by their in-house agency, Specsavers Creative and directed by BAFTA and Emmy award-winning comedy director Declan Lowney, known for Ted Lasso and Father Ted.

Specsavers Canada launched its new ‘Should’ve Gone to Specsavers’ campaign with a spot called ‘Airport’. (CNW Group/Specsavers Canada)

Harnessing the signature Specsavers humour, the ad introduces us to couple Greg and Ella who are about to go on vacation. Ella has an easy check in while Greg parks the car. Greg finally skids into the airport lobby with his wheelie suitcase and is now visibly cutting it close to make the departure.

Checking the departure board, Greg rushes frantically to catch his flight and we see him caught up in a few tricky situations. These include relatable moments like forgetting to empty a water bottle before going through security or trying to run along a moving walkway packed with people who are standing still.

It ends with Greg racing out onto the tarmac where the aircraft is being prepared for takeoff. We cut to a concerned-looking Ella who is already onboard, peering out of a window as she spots Greg. But will he manage to board the plane, or should he have gone to Specsavers?

The spot is crafted entirely without dialogue, with the comedic emphasis being on visual humour. The campaign includes 30 and 15 second cuts, that will air on broadcast, connected TV, and social media.

Declan Lowney, Director, says: “Specsavers have managed to achieve that rare feat of creating their own distinctive brand of humour. Their work has a comedy voice of its own so my role was to get the best out of the script and maximize the laughs. And telling a story purely with images – along with humour and wit – was right up my runway.”

Catherine Walsh, Marketing Director at Specsavers Canada, says: “We’re so excited to be able to share more of the ‘Should’ve’ world with Canadians, especially with something as relatable as airport travel. The combination of our award-winning Specsavers Creative agency, together with direction from Declan Lowney have perfectly blended our brand humour with our purpose of changing lives through better sight.”

Richard James, Creative Director at Specsavers Creative, says: “We wanted to do something different with this spot – up the jeopardy, up the scale and increase the gags. It’s a fun spot that we’re sure will resonate with all sorts of people. Declan and the team worked really hard together to bring the script to life so successfully.”

Media Experts IPG Inc. manages media planning, strategy and buys across all channels, while FleishmanHillard HighRoad provides strategic communication support including public relations and social media.

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Airdate: March 4, 2024
Name of spot: Airport

Client: Specsavers Canada
Trading Director: Matt Armitage
Marketing Director: Catherine Walsh
Creative Brand Manager: Lauren Mills

Creative Agency: Specsavers Creative
Managing Director: Nicola Wardell
Head of Global Initiatives: Lyndsey Brown
Lead Creative Business Partner: Felicity Pelly and Tasha Thirlby
Creative Director: Richard James
Creative Strategist: Polly Evelegh
Creatives (Film): Andrea Raanaas & Mike McCallum and Simon Bougourd & Naomi Bishop
Agency TV Producer: Sam Lock
Production Company: Merman
Director: Declan Lowney
Producer: Simon Monhemius
Editor: Leo King @ Stitch Post
Production House: Coffee & TV
Audio Post Production: Simon Capes @ Soho Square Studios
Music: Hopscotch Music

About Specsavers

Specsavers is an optometrist-owned and -led business that entered the Canadian market in late 2021. Since then, we’ve opened over 100 independently owned optometrist practices across the country, in B.C., Alberta and Ontario, with stores set to open in Manitoba in the summer of 2024. As part of Specsavers commitment to accessible eyecare, Specsavers equips every location with Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) technology. OCT technology enables optometrists to detect sight-threatening conditions in their earliest stages. Specsavers has a range of high-quality eyewear, including over 1,000 frames, lenses and contact lenses starting from $69 for a complete pair of single vision glasses.

Founded in the UK 40 years ago by optometrist husband-and-wife team, Doug and Mary Perkins, there are now more than 2,600 Specsavers healthcare businesses across 11 countries serving over 42 million patients and customers. Specsavers is driven by its purpose of “changing lives through better sight” and aims to transform the way Canadians experience eyecare by offering exceptional service, advanced clinical equipment and affordable and quality eyewear.

SOURCE Specsavers Canada