Video Campaign for Western Retailer Hits 3M Views

Client

Cavender’s is an iconic, family-owned Western retailer based in Tyler, Texas, and founded in 1965.
Balcom helped us connect the dots between creative direction, talent, location and logistics to help us develop our ‘This is How We Live’ campaign and we are thrilled with the results. The campaign not only elevated the quality of our brand video but is serving as the tentpole for Cavender’s overall creative direction and marketing plan.

- Cavender’s

The Challenge

Cavender’s wanted new TV commercials that showed the authentic Western lifestyle – something more honest than the typical staged commercial. Dave Esmond, Cavender’s director of marketing, came to Balcom with an idea and a tagline: “We are Cavender’s. And this is how we live.”
Insight

Insight

Authenticity is crucial to this audience. We’d seen too many negative audience reactions to campaigns featuring models instead of real people, who used the wrong type of rope or even wore their cowboy hats backwards. We included people on the team who had personal experience with the lifestyle, who could even dig into their own family history for inspiration. And we brought in the creators of the award-winning documentary, “COWBOYS.”
Creativity

Creativity

Rather than approaching the project as a commercial, we approached it like a documentary. We connected with real people we could film in their Western and rural environments and let their lives (not a script) dictate each scene. To make sure we showed Cavender’s merchandise, we did compile a wardrobe list, but our stars already had most of those 350 items in their closets. An old drover song, plus meticulous sound design, finished out a multisensory experience that truly feels like the timeless West.
Technology

Technology

We leveraged the project far beyond a few commercials, producing 15 videos for web and TV – and a massive library of footage, photography and music Cavender’s can use for years to come.



The Results

The campaign earned over 3.5 million YouTube views to date and won 28 awards, including five national awards. Two years later, Cavender’s continues to use the extensive footage to update and refresh TV spots. Among the audience accolades: “I been meaning to stop by, try on some boots. Believe I will for sure now. I HONESTLY mean it when I say whoever put this together was pure genius.”

Stats

3.5M

3.5 million YouTube views

Awards

2020 Fort Worth American Advertising Awards

  • Best of Show, Internet Commercial – Anthem
  • Gold ADDY, Internet Commercial – Anthem
  • Gold ADDY, Internet Commercial – Cowboy
  • Gold ADDY, Internet Commercial – Blue Collar
  • Gold ADDY, Internet Commercial Campaign
  • Gold ADDY, Cinematography – Single
  • Gold ADDY, Cinematography – Campaign
  • Gold ADDY, Music – Single
  • Gold ADDY, Music – Campaign
  • Gold ADDY, Sound Design – Single
  • Gold ADDY, Sound Design – Campaign
  • Bronze ADDY, Out-of-Home – Large Venue – Single

2020 District 10 American Advertising Awards

  • Best of Show, Cinematography – Campaign
  • Gold ADDY, Internet Commercial Campaign
  • Gold ADDY, Music With Lyrics – Single
  • Gold ADDY, Cinematography – Single
  • Gold ADDY, Cinematography – Campaign
  • Gold ADDY, Music With/Without Lyrics – Campaign
  • Gold ADDY, Sound Design – Single
  • Gold ADDY, Sound Design – Campaign
  • Silver ADDY, Internet Commercial – Anthem
  • Silver ADDY, Internet Commercial – Cowboy
  • Silver ADDY, Internet Commercial – Blue Collar

2020 National American Advertising Awards

  • Silver ADDY, Cinematography – Campaign
  • Silver ADDY, Music With Lyrics – Single
  • Silver ADDY, Music With/Without Lyrics – Campaign
  • Silver ADDY, Sound Design – Single
  • Silver ADDY, Sound Design – Campaign

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