The Gate NY’s Hilarious ‘Ask Marcum’ Ads Might Make You Rethink Your Business Plan
Aimed at C-suite executives and entrepreneurs, the spots depict decision-makers confronting complex business issues
The Gate | New York launched a new TV campaign for Marcum LLP, one of the largest independent public accounting and advisory services firms in the US. “Ask Marcum”, aimed at C-suite executives and entrepreneurs, consists of four 30-second spots, each depicting a decision-maker as they confront a complex business issue. Some make the right decision because they ask Marcum first. Others are not so lucky and pay the price.
The campaign will air in multiple markets with programming focus on business and news including CNBC, CNN, Fox News and MSNBC. JL Media, Inc. is responsible for media planning and buying.
“Whether it’s a problem or an opportunity, CEOs have to make tough decisions every day,” says David Bernstein, CCO, The Gate. “In our TV campaign, we show the differences between those who were smart enough to ask Marcum for advice and those who weren’t.”
He added, “Two of the spots are about people who didn’t ask Marcum for advice and failed (Unicorn and Private Jet). And two are about people who did ask Marcum for advice and succeeded.
For Unicorn and Private Jet, we were looking for people who were more confident in their abilities than they should be. They’re guilty of hubris. And it leads to their downfall.
Takeover and Audit is really a confessional, a la House of Cards. These CEOs act smart and self-assured, but they really aren’t. They know they couldn’t have succeeded without Marcum, but they don’t want anyone else to know it.”
Chief Marketing Officer: Bruce Ditman
Advertiser: Marcum LLP
Associate Creative Directors: Charles Chang, Scott Singow
CEO: Jeffrey M. Weiner
Producer: Bob Shriber
Creative Agency: The Gate | New York
President: Beau Fraser
Account Executive: Alexander Barrett
Chief Creative Officer: David Bernstein
Executive Producer: Susan Willis
Editor: Chuck Willis
Edit Company: The Cutting Room
Post Production / VFX
Post Production House: The Cutting Room
Production Company: MJZ Productions
Producer: Paul Manix
Executive Producer: Kate Lahey
Director: Phil Joanou