Huawei hires ‘I am a Mac’ pitchman to tackle Apple in US advert blitz


Actor Justin Lengthy, who within the mid to late 2000s served because the de facto face of Apple for his half within the “Get a Mac” advert marketing campaign, has been employed by Huawei to star in a brand new sequence of commercials touting the Chinese language upstart’s smartphones.

Shopping for the previous spokesman of a significant competitor to hawk your individual wares is a daring transfer, however that is precisely what advert company WPP Blast Radius had in thoughts after they approached Lengthy for the job, studies Marketing campaign US.

The actor’s historical past with Apple is the first motive he was thought of, in keeping with Blast Radius group director Jessica Grizzel.

“It actually was key once we thought of Justin as a attainable associate for Huawei,” Grizzel stated of Lengthy’s expertise with the Cupertino tech big.

The advert company was really pushing for a extra direct method that might “name out” Lengthy’s relationship with Apple, however the former Mac pitchman and Huawei satisfied Grizzel to succeed in “a pleasant center floor the place that concept is inferred versus explicitly said.”

The primary of Lengthy’s commercials for Huawei finds the actor enjoying himself, interviewing for an opportunity to direct a industrial spotlighting the corporate’s Mate 9 smartphone. Aptly titled “The Interview,” the 60-second spot has Lengthy seated throughout from a Mate 9. The actor rattles off his achievements because the smartphone communicates by way of emoji, images and video.

“The storyline for the video sequence positions Justin as a brand new director offering steerage to a sequence of Huawei merchandise as they want to break into the market and make their mark,” Grizzel stated. “There isn’t any doubt that Justin’s historical past as a pitch-man for Apple provides a pleasant subtext to the movies and builds on Huawei’s challenger place available in the market.”

From 2006 to 2009, Lengthy performed the a part of “Mac” throughout John Hodgman’s “PC” within the award successful “Get a Mac” advert marketing campaign dreamed up by TBWAChiatDay. Every spot began with the strains “Hey, I am a Mac” and “I am a PC,” and pitted cool man Lengthy towards Hodgman’s usually bumbling character. The connection between the 2 was at all times pleasant, however Mac constantly trumped PC on every little thing from laptop viruses to software program updates. Apple’s adverts pitched Mac because the slick, cool laptop, whereas PC was frumpy and previous its prime.

In December, these concerned with “Get a Mac” gathered to commemorate the marketing campaign’s 10th anniversary, sharing anecdotes in regards to the manufacturing and the way it got here to be. For instance, the crew shot 323 spots, however solely 66 made it to air.

Although Lengthy has not appeared in an official Apple advert since 2009, his persona is usually linked with the tech big. Lengthy later banked on his ties to the corporate in 2013 when he performed late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs in a satirical biopic produced by Humorous or Die.

As for Huawei, the corporate unseated Apple as China’s prime smartphone vendor in 2015 and —like each different smartphone producer —is seeking to take the mantle of world’s largest handset producer. Although Apple continues to lose floor in China, iPhone would not present indicators of ceding its rein because the world’s hottest smartphone model.

On Tuesday, Apple introduced record-setting income of $78.four billion for the primary quarter of 2017, largely pushed by 78.three million iPhone gross sales, an all-time excessive. Tellingly, iPhone’s common promoting value for the quarter hit $695, one other file for the corporate.

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