Google Nest Celebrates the Simple, Tender Moments of Home to Unveil Its New Branding

The spot captures relatable snippets that all tell a story

Simple, touching moments convey the meaning of home in the debut spot for the new Google Nest brand. Google Nest
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Much of the discussion around the freshly rebranded Google Nest today will surely be about the product line’s newest home gadget: the Google Nest Hub Max, whose 10-inch display can act as a security camera, thermostat control, video phone, voice assistant and more.

But not to be overlooked is the lovely 90-second spot—created by agency 72andSunny L.A. in collaboration with Google and production house Smuggler—to launch the Google Nest branding, which officially reunifies Nest with the Google hardware portfolio. The two were split in 2015 with the creation of the Alphabet parent company, but Google announced last year it would fold them back together to bridge Nest with other household products like Google Home.

The ad debuted today at Google I/O alongside the announcement of the Google Nest Hub Max device.

Relatable and charming, capturing a wide range of vulnerable moments, the spot is based on a concerted effort by the brand to capture a more realistic portrayal of life rather than portraying an idealized, spotlessly clean home life.

“You make a house a home,” notes the tagline. “We make a house a nest.”

The ad was directed by Mark Molloy, who also helmed new work for Subaru earlier this year.

Google’s relationship with Nest dates back to 2014, when the tech giant announced plans to acquire the four-year-old smart home startup—best known for its thermostats, and later for security cameras—for $3.2 billion.

Xanthe Wells – Global Executive Creative Director
Christian Haas – Global Creative Director
Gage Clegg – Creative Director
Becca Morton – Creative Director
Nick Bartle – VP, Google Nest Marketing
Cam Luby – Head, Google Nest Consumer Marketing
Priscilla Alvarez – Google Nest Consumer Marketing Lead
Emily Hook – Creative Producer

Agency: 72andSunny
Production Company: Smuggler
Director: Mark Molloy
Editorial: Rock Paper Scissors
Color Grade: MPC
Sound: Formosa

@griner David Griner is creative and innovation editor at Adweek and host of Adweek's podcast, "Yeah, That's Probably an Ad."