The Launch of Far East SOHO

When you are tasked to launch an entirely new property brand for Singapore’s largest developer, you need to find the most effective way to stand out in a very crowded market place.

(Just look at the Straits Times on any Saturday to see what I mean.)

In this case, Far East Organization had created a sub-brand called Far East SOHO. Inspired by the warehouse apartments of the uber-fashionable SOHO (South Of HOuston) district of Manhattan, these residences are very stylish, compact high-ceilinged homes in various parts of Singapore that offer buyers the opportunity to create inspiring living spaces where they could work as well as live.

The challenge was that until very recently, SOHO (as far as most Singaporeans were concerned) actually stood for Small Office Home Office – a very commercial and distinctly non-luxurious definition.

So, not only did we have to launch an entirely new property brand, we had to redefine in no uncertain terms the very meaning of SOHO.

Clearly we couldn’t do this by following a traditional conservative property marketing approach. ¬†And, all kudos to the client, they were only too happy to venture into very unexplored territory with us.

So, at a time when other property developers were busy zigging, we zagged.

It’s no exaggeration to say that this TV commercial reinvented the way property brands could be marketed.

We pushed the boundaries on every aspect of this commercial.¬†Carefully crafted visuals, unusual camera angles,¬†unconventional talent casting, a cool sound track that utilised a very indie music sound and feel, and no small amount of edginess resulted in a TVC that grabbed everybody’s attention.

Indeed, everybody involved in the Singapore property scene sat up and took notice. From other developers to marketing agents to the home buying public.

Our print ads were equally striking. Again we adopted an unusual tone and manner for a relatively expensive property. Cool, desaturated imagery and unconventional talent. A high camera angle looking down that emphasised the height of the typical SOHO apartment. And apartment interiors that were carefully dressed up to reflect the individuality of each of our Far East SOHO home owners.

SOHO Press Ad 3 SOHO Press Ad 2 SOHO Press Ad 1

The brochure we created for Far East SOHO took an equally unconventional turn. We gave it a distinctly rugged, industrial appearance and, instead of the usual perfect binding, we used spiral binding – almost like a note book. For one of the centre pieces, where we showcased the spatial possibilities of double volume living spaces, the centre fold not only folded out, it folded upwards and back across to really bring across the concept of expanding SOHO spaces. Please click on the link below to see the brochure PDF.

SOHO Brochure

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The launch of the Citibank PremierMiles Amex Card

Citibank PremierMiles Amex Card Launch Ad

Just what the world needs right? Another credit card.

However, in all fairness, the new Citibank PremierMiles Amex Card does offer rather cool benefits seeing as it combines the best features of the Citibank PremierMiles Card and American Express.

The concept behind our campaign was to celebrate the romance of traveling. Of discovering new places and experiences. Of creating lasting memories. Of opening up a brand new world of possibilities.

An evocative headline and a spectacular image (royalty free) that integrates seamlessly with the Citibank corporate Blue Wave background.

The Scotts Tower TVC

The Scotts Tower was the very first project launched under the Far East SOHO brand. Targeted to high net worth individuals who desired a luxurious city centre lifestyle with a certain edge to it, this TVC combined traditional elements of luxury with a distinctly urban attitude. You might find it interesting to compare the soundtrack of The Scots Tower TVC with the music that underscores the Far East SOHO commercial.