Ads for the World’s Greatest Baby Stroller Suddenly Sell Something Else Entirely

But not until you go online

Does your baby need a stroller that comes with 4-by-4 suspension, a sandbox, a holographic projector and a bubble machine?

In our tech-crazed society, where everyone grows up to be an astronaut or coder, such a contraption—dubbed the "Latot" in ads from The Martin Agency—seems like a quasi-reasonable proposition. (WeeBabe would sell out of them in 15 minutes.) Alas, it isn't real. It's the central gimmick in an amusing parody campaign for an entirely different type of consumer service, one that has nothing to do with babies.

In a somewhat risky move, the identity of the actual client is kept hidden until viewers visit LatotStroller.com (the YouTube channel's name is a giveaway, though). Even on the landing page, it takes a few seconds before the "Stroll Into Greatness" line and tyke testimonial—"I'm no genius. I'm a baby. But this thing is genius"—make way for the reveal.

Ultimately, visitors are counseled not to be "oversold" but to focus on "everything you need and nothing you don't" as they make their buying decision—on wireless service, as it turns out. I credit Martin for sustaining the metaphor in fun fashion across diverse channels. It's certainly succeeded at creating desire, though not so much for the actual product (which, if I understand correctly, doesn't come with a sandbox or bubble machine).

The Latot, however, looks like a blast. I want one, and I don't even have kids. I'll squeeze into it somehow and tool around town. Maybe they'll even make one at some point. Hey, there is precedent for that.

CREDITS
Client: Total Wireless
Creative: The Martin Agency
Social: Weber Shandwick
Landing Page: PJA