Are These the Most Relatable Headphone Ads Ever? Watch 'Em and Weep (and/or Laugh)

JBL and Its Agency Doner Show What It's Like Living With Corded Headphones

Published On
Oct 21, 2014

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JBL teamed up with its agency Doner to create these two very funny TV commercials that show what it's like if you don't own JBL Bluetooth-enabled headphones, and are instead stuck dealing with old-fashioned corded models. "Epic Fail," above, will be sadly familiar to anyone who has ever forgotten they were wearing headphones that were plugged into something, while a sporty alternate version captures how maddening it is to have your cords in a tangle.

The dramatic soundtrack choices -- Coppelia's "Act I, No. 1 Valse, Moderato," above, and "Gonna Fly Now" (the theme from "Rocky") for the second spot -- wryly underscore the drama of the "fail" scenarios while hinting at a larger subtext. "The JBL brand is about elevating life at all levels and enjoying music as the backdrop to all the things we do," Ralph Santana, EVP-CMO at JBL parent Harman International, told Creativity. "It's about the experience -- making the everyday epic."

"This campaign might as well be a PSA for cord fails," Doner Co-CEO and CCO Rob Strasberg added. "JBL has changed our relationship with headphone cords forever. No more public humiliation!"

An integrated social-media campaign with activations on Snapchat, YouTube, Twitter and Vine (centered around Vine star Logan Paul) will encourage consumers to share their #CordFail stories for a chance to win "JBL Epic Experience" prizes.


Oct 21, 2014
Brand :
Client :
Agency :
Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer (JBL) :
Ralph Santana
Vice President, Global Marketing :
Sean Kapoor
co-Chief Executive Offier and Chief Creative Officer (Doner) :
Rob Strasberg
Executive Vice President, Executive Creative Director (Doner) :
Brad Emmett
Senior Vice President, Brand Creative Director (Doner) :
Sam Sefton
Art Director :
Michelle Musallam
Copywriter :
Jessye Hand
Copywriter :
Alicia Liken
Executive Producer :
Michelle McAuliffe
Executive Vice President, Brand Leader (Doner) :
Kevin Weinman
Senior Vice President, Brand Leader (Doner) :
Jim Vassallo
Production Company :
Director :
Joe Pytka
Executive Producer :
Tara Fitzpatrick
Producer :
Grechen Siss
Editorial :
Editor :
Charley Bender

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