Retail Story TV Spots

LAI Video was completely stoked to work with the National Retail Federation in producing two national TV spots. In response to an industry attack, we helped devise a completely non-defensive and utterly positive message of economic growth and community contributions. The resulting two TV spots “My Story” and “Our Story” aired to 8.5 million viewers during the Democratic presidential debates on CBS.

An Emergency Archive

With less than two weeks to produce the videos, we had to act fast. We didn’t have time to visit retailers and plan new shoots. We instead reached within our terabytes of footage from the Retail Across America campaign. Using our collective brain servers and actual servers, Tori, Favata and Loizou quickly developed treatments for two distinct messages: one that focused on retail’s impressive economic statistics and another that humanizes and industry by featuring several business owners and associates.

Real People Real Stories #Thisisretail
Understanding Clients Brand

The Fastest Editing in Town

Similar to our other overnight collaborations with NRF, producing quality work within airtight timeframes requires a deep understanding of the client’s brand. After establishing the must-include factoids and outlining our favorite soundbites, Favata cut together both spots in record time. Hot off the render queue, we submitted the videos through the surprisingly archaic machinery of broadcast television. The videos played during an intense Bernie v. Hillary debate, offering some hope that no matter who wins the White House, retail will remain an essential part of American society.

And there’s a special cameo by our very own Jun Yang!


Meet the Nerds

James Favata

James specializes in exploring new avenues, and who knows, together you may even end up off the map.

Tori Furphy

A mother of two and a work mother of a dozen - Tori operationalizes a perfectly rewarding client experience.

James Loizou

Perhaps best epitomized by his signature red sneakers and tie, James Loizou enjoys walking a fine line between creating and business-ing.

Jun Young Yang

Jun has been traveling everywhere (including a place called Anguilla) to document special events and create unique images for clients.

Helena Lehman

Helena is Senior Vice President of Client Services. She also speaks five languages- about four more than the rest of us.