Jewish dating site Jdate has launched 'Yenta Programmers,' its first advertising effort in three years. The campaign is currently running on 300 billboards in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
“Back in the shtetl days, old Jewish women, or Yentas, served as matchmakers. It was their job to bring couples together and keep the tribe alive,” explained independent creative director David Roth, who created the campaign with Hogarth Worldwide. “Our campaign casts the traditional yentas as Jdate programmers coding through the night to build the best Jewish matchmaking site.”
In the advertisements, three adorable grandmothers wear the typical Silicon Valley programmer outfit (branded hoodie & t-shirt, beanie, and oversized headphones). But the ladies are smartly accessorized with age-appropriate fashion like orthopedic shoes and clunky granny glasses.
To re-enforce the tech company setting, they are surrounded by energy drinks, post-it notes, and laptops.
Jdate most recently advertised in 2014 using crowdsourced creative. That effort, which targeted millennials, was titled “Get Chosen” and contained cheeky copy such as "Meet Mr. Right to Left” and “Because Dating Shouldn't Be as Hard As Parting the Red Sea.”
Mark Ody: Chief Marketing Officer
Bart Visser: Global Head of Brand Marketing
Laetitia Pélatan: Brand Manager
David Roth & Associates
David Roth: Creative Director
Shaun Bruce: Associate Creative Director/Art Director
Yuriy Mikhalevskiy: Copywriter
Lauren Weinfuss: Senior Account Manager
Nora Krupitsky: Assistant Producer
Sabine Rogers: Art Buyer & Producer
Frank Carvalho: Client Services Director
Randal Ford Photography