“It’s time to make time for living” is the tagline of Ikea’s new advertising campaign that is presented as more of a manifesto than ad by Teddy, the nine year old face of the push.
The two minute video shows Teddy walking through numerous empty houses lamenting how busy lives full of after-school activities and social engagements are impacting family home life.
The campaign, by The Monkeys, includes 30 second and 15 second TV commercials, an online content hub, out of home, magazine advertising and a Spring\Summer brochure.
‘Make Time for Living’ will be the “overarching sentiment” across all of the brand’s marketing communications over the coming 12 months with the idea to be integrated throughout the five east coast stores.
The online hub, created by Lavender, is called ‘Home of Inspiration’ and showcases style, local content, a focus on open plan living and ideas for making time for living at home.
The magazine and outdoor campaign will launch early in October.
Rebecca Darley, Ikea country marketing manager, said: “We discovered that a spontaneous and unstructured moment of family togetherness is often considered a waste of time – it’s as if Aussies have forgotten about the importance of just spending time together at home”.
“Our goal is to create a stronger emotional connection between Australians and the IKEA brand through market relevance and understanding our customers. We have chosen to tell the story from a child’s point of view because it is so infrequently heard on the topic of home life – yet our decisions in balancing togetherness with productivity directly affect children’s experience of ‘family’.”