Ad of the Day: Wall Street Journal charts life of the zealous professional in action-inciting ad

‘Good things come to those who don’t wait’ proclaims the Wall Street Journal, which features an impatient, ambitious businesswoman growing up in its latest spot.

The ad begins with her birth – too eager to enter the world, she appears in the back of a taxi outside the emergency room. As a child she’s quick to walk and explore, and shows an entrepreneurial spirit at the lemonade stand early on.

A copy of the Wall Street Journal is in her adult hand as she runs for a train in heels, which she ditches for flats and the publication’s app as she begins her own business as the film concludes. The line encourages us to ‘Read Ambitiously’, accompanied by the hashtag #DontWait.

The spot was directed by Ozark filmmaker Ellen Kuras and was devised by The & Partnership. It features the upbeat ‘You’re ready now’ by Frankie Valli.

The campaign, which the Dow Jones title describes as ‘multi channel, pro-ambition’, is built on the insight that younger readers believe consuming the Journal’s products will help them get ahead in their careers. The film will run in US cinemas, on national TV and with select airlines, while selected creative will form an out of home initiative.

Katie Deighton

Katie Deighton is The Drum’s senior reporter - creative and video based in London. She produces, films, presents and edits the title’s editorial video output, including series such as On The Scene, Ad Breakers and Why I Left Advertising, and manages its coverage of the creative sector. She also reports on the intersection between politics and marketing, as well as the third sector and fashion.

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