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People are Getting 'Yakked Off' by Shoddy Kayaks, Warns Perception

Funny video created by Humanaut wants to protect people from "sub-par sea crafts"

People are Getting 'Yakked Off' by Shoddy Kayaks, Warns Perception

Brand Invention Agency Humanaut has created a long-form video for new client Perception Kayaks that exposes the murky world of cheap kayak knockoffs, or “yakoffs.” A send-up of low-budget instructional videos, the digital campaign teaches people how to spot the difference between inferior-quality imitators and real Perception Kayaks. It’s all in an effort to make sure no one ever gets “yakked off.”

Kayaking is a rapidly growing sport, and it’s attracted numerous me-too manufacturers that are trying to make a quick buck. This trend is causing first-time buyers to fall victim to cheaply made kayaks and cheap price points, available at superstore retailers. Perception, on the other hands, has been a leader in the kayak market for more than 40 years, making kayaks in the US in Greenville, South Carolina.

The humorous, three-minute instructional video uses victim’s testimonials, re-enyakments, undercover footage and more to tell cautionary tales of what can happen if you end up in a yakoff. “I was out buying some toilet paper and I saw a kayak for $199,” one subject recalls in the video. “I thought, ‘Kayaks should not be that cheap. I was right.”

Humanuant did what they do best,” said Todd King, VP of Marketing. “They helped us find the cultural tension within our category and delivered important information in a highly technical category where mis-information abounds. All while being entertaining and very funny.”

The work launches on April 16th on YouTube with banners and a landing page that dives further into spotting the signs.
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Advertiser: Confluence Outdoors / Perception Kayaks

Creative Agency

Creative Agency: Humanaut

Chief Creative Officer: David Littlejohn

Content Director: Dan Jacobs

Copywriters: Andy Pearson, Liza Behles, David Littlejohn

Account Supervisor: Michelle Sturgis

Designer: Carrie Warren, Coleson Amon

Production Company

Production Company: Humanaut Productions

Director: Dan Jacobs

DOP: John Matysiak

Producer: Tommy Wilson

Art Director: Carrie Warren

Art Director : Carrie Warren


Editor: Tyler Beasly

Post Production / VFX

Post Production Company: Fancy Rhino

Category: Outdoor equipment , Sports and leisure

Genre: Comedy , People