Barton F. Graf Takes Home Security Ads in a Very Different Direction With First Brinks Work

'Be Sure Sure' aims to persuade without scare tactics

Are you more sure of your home security than you are of your fashion predictions? Brinks Home Security

In Barton F. Graf’s amusing debut for Brinks Home Security, we meet folks who were “sure” they’d handled various situations in the best way possible.

Alas, they weren’t “sure sure.” So, basically, they wound up screwed.

“I was sure Buster would be a good guard dog,” says a woman standing with a cute canine in her ransacked living room.

“I was sure I parked here,” moans a guy lugging a huge box around a mall parking lot.

“I was sure Steve would’ve moved out by now,” says a mom of her goggled adult son who sits on a nearby couch, intensely immersed in virtual reality.

There’s even a retro ’70s Saturday-morning cartoon sendup with a villain who was sure he’d get away with his fiendish plan after donning a cheesy rubber costume and masqueraded as a sea creature.

Toward the end comes the brand kicker. A typical office worker tells us, “I was sure I locked the door” as he uses his phone to monitor an intruder who has entered his home. Thankfully, he engaged Brinks for protection and, on his mobile screen, we see the cops arrive and haul the perp away.

“In life, sure is not enough,” a voice-over says, pledging that Brinks offers the best professional monitoring and fastest response times. “Brinks Home Security: Be sure sure.”

The minute-long spot drops today on digital channels, along with a 30-second TV version and shorter edits on social. Barton F. Graf also developed a visual identity system, direct marketing materials and an eCRM experience to help engage and retain customers.

Targeting millennials and tech-savvy families preparing to buy homes, “Be Sure Sure” eschews both the oh-my-god-i’ve-been-robbed fear mongering and cuddly-safe-family tropes often associated with the category.

Instead, with this new approach, Brinks seeks to convey its trustworthiness and dedication to service in a compelling way, says Anthony Conversa, the company’s chief marketing officer.

Barton F. Graf and Epoch Films director Matthew Swanson employ a deft touch. This stuff is funny—but not too funny, and doesn’t quite veer into being ridiculous. After all, safeguarding one’s home and possessions is a serious proposition.

“People rely on home security to protect the things they care about most—but ironically, it’s become an increasingly commoditized and deeply distrusted category,” says agency founder and creative chief Gerry Graf. “This campaign sets out to shift the brand from selling security to rebuilding trust through action and behavior.”

Just silly enough to break through, “Be Sure Sure” also exercises enough restraint to help consumers feel secure in considering Brinks for their home-monitoring needs.

Graf says one of his favorite parts of the project was creating the Scooby-Doo-style cartoon segment.

“We ended up writing extensive backstories for these two kids who solve crimes at a waterpark in Myrtle Beach,” he says.

And for the lost-in-a-garage scene, “we actually filled the box with a bunch of heavy sandbags, so he was actually struggling as he wanders around.”


“Be Sure Sure”

Client: Brinks Home Security
Agency: Barton F. Graf
Chief Creative Officer: Gerry Graf
Chief Executive Officer: Caroline Winterton
Chief Operating Officer: Sara Kastner
Executive Creative Director: Jeff Benjamin
Creative Directors: Steve McElligott and Jerome Marucci
Art Director/Copywriter: Jesse Brown
Art Director/Copywriter: Sara Carr
Copywriter: Jake Tannery, Owen Weeks
Designers: Elena Woznick, Corey Thomas and Dan Kane
Strategy Director: Amanda Perring
Account Director: Kate Callander
Account Supervisor: Nicole Daniel
Strategist: Quinn Morrissey
Project Manager: Nicole Formisano
Head of Integrated Production: David Cardinali
Producer: Ruganzu Howard
Head of Business Affairs: Jennifer Pannent

“Be Sure Sure” Video Production Credits

Production Company: Epoch Films
Director: Matthew Swanson
EP: Melissa Culligan
Producer: Andrew Graham
Editorial & Post House: Friendshop!
EP: Melissa Mapes
Producer: Adam Roe
Editor: Alex Pirrone
Assistant Editor: Steve Nelson
Audio: Wave Studios NYC
Executive Producer: Vicky Ferraro
Sound Designer/Mixer: Chris Afzal
Colorist: Tim Masick, Company 3

@DaveGian David Gianatasio is a longtime contributor to Adweek, where he has been a writer and editor for two decades. Previously serving as Adweek's New England bureau chief and web editor, he remains based in Boston.
Publish date: August 20, 2018 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT