Always With You

Agency: Party Land


JanSport, America's #1 backpack brand, has launched a comedic, social-first ad campaign for the 2024 back-to-school season, titled “Always With You,” in collaboration with comedy’s greatest ad agency, Party Land. The campaign builds on JanSport’s commitment to Gen Z, positioning the brand as the go-to backpack for everyday moments and embracing its ubiquity as an accidentally iconic brand - a strategy that aims to deepen connections with its core audience of 14-22-year-olds.

The “Always With You” creative campaign, designed with TikTok in mind, features a series of eight spots that reflect Gen Z’s offbeat sense of humor, vulnerability, and openness. Each spot unfolds in real places where consumers take their JanSport backpack - essentially everywhere. Whether it’s a local farmer’s stand, a crowded subway, or a bathroom stall, JanSport is always by their side, holding their belongings in any situation. These vignettes are set to irreverent anthems sung by the actors themselves and showcase unfiltered feelings and candid internal dialogues, offering a refreshingly real perspective on Gen Z experiences – from people-pleasing to compromised personal space to grieving the loss of a furry friend. The spots are relatable yet never try too hard or take themselves too seriously, which aligns with Gen Z’s preferred way of creating and consuming content on TikTok. Rather than focusing on aspirational situations often depicted in traditional advertising, Party Land’s approach uses irreverent humor, a subversive tone, and intentionally unserious music to emphasize JanSport’s “everydayness.”

“At JanSport, our mission is to be the most trusted carry solution brand, supporting individuals through all of life’s adventures,” said Alexandra Reveles, VP of Global Brand, JanSport. “Our 'Always With You' campaign aligns with this vision by showcasing the everyday, in-between moments where JanSport backpacks are indispensable and infusing them with the authenticity and humor that resonate with Gen Z. By leveraging Party Land’s expertise in comedy that strikes a chord with Gen Z’s distinct sense of humor and real-life experiences, we not only deepen our emotional connection but also make JanSport relevant and an ally, reinforcing our brand values of trust, inclusivity, and self-expression.”

Party Land’s strategic use of humor taps into a potent consumer preference for relatable and funny content: 78 percent of Gen Z are more likely to share ads that they find humorous and relatable on social media, while 61 percent believe brands using humor in their advertising are more trustworthy (according to Marketing Hustle). Additionally, 90 percent of people are more likely to remember ads that are funny and 72 percent say they would choose a humorous brand (according to Oracle). This creative direction reinforces JanSport’s commitment to being an integral part of Gen Z’s daily lives.

“When a brand leans into who they genuinely are for their customers, rather than who they aspire to be, that’s meaningful. ‘Always With You’ reflects how people actually use their JanSport backpacks. It’s an unpretentious companion for the mundane, often overlooked parts of life,” said Natalia Fredericks, Creative Director, Party Land. “We embraced that realness and created a series of everyday anthems that let us highlight JanSport’s product benefits in the most regular and unserious moments, with deadpan delivery and songs sung by the untrained actors themselves, not vocalists. It’s an intentionally unpolished campaign that makes a meal of simple moments, leaning heavily into our audience’s sense of humor. Our Gen Z team members’ own experiences informed our ideas and made ads that don’t look like typical ads, because they happen in the spaces where we live our real, everyday lives.”

The “Always With You” campaign runs nationwide, with a strong emphasis on social and digital platforms, including TikTok and YouTube. It also includes outdoor ad placements in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Denver, and other major markets.

Party Land won the JanSport business in 2023 in a competitive pitch.

This professional campaign titled 'Always With You' was published in United States in June, 2024. It was created for the brand: JanSport, by ad agency: Party Land. This Film and OOH Outdoor media campaign is related to the Household Products industry and contains 13 media assets. It was submitted 7 days ago.


JanSport “Always With You” Campaign

Founder/Chief Creative Officer: Matt Heath
Managing Director: Andy Silva
Creative Director: Natalia Fredericks
Art Director: Jacob Warhop
Art Director: Eli White
Producer: Jordan Sider
Group Brand Director: Amy Krieg
Brand Supervisor: Taylor Toomey

VP of Brand Management: Alexandra Reveles
Director of Marketing: Lindsay Read
Brand Marketing Manager: Anisah Parks
Brand Marketing Coordinator: Urgen Sherpa
Commercial Marketing Manager: Andrew Marcia
Sr. Art Director: Jon Laser
Brand Communications Manager: Brandon Vance

Executive Producer/Co-Owner: Oscar Lyons
Co-Owner: Alec Ernest
Director: Mister (Miche Sieg & Rose Chirillo)
Photographer: Justin Bettman
Line Producer: Sabrina Keyz
Director of Photography: Lidia Nikonova
1st AD: Megan Chumbley
2nd AD: Charnie Dondrea
Production Design: Melissa Stammer
Wardrobe Stylist: Lady Maximo
HMU: Laura Bueno
Gaffer: Julian Tuzzeo
Key Grip: Jon Coyne
Sound Mixer: Bobby Vonghom

Post Production + Editing: Clandestino
Colorist: Houmam Abdallah
Sound Design/Mix: Tony Crowe

Partner, Managing Director: Christina Rust
Business Affairs Manager: Emily Dalton


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