Ad Nut
Mar 22, 2022

Uber Eats debuts ‘smart’, gaudy pyjama set

A new campaign by Special shows that the hard-sell tactics of ‘as seen on TV’ have a special place in our hearts.

Uber Eats’ new Japanese spot is a serious throwback to the days where one might buy a ‘smart mop’ or a piece of exercise equipment based on TV infomercials.

In a new campaign by Special, the food-delivery service plays up the kitsch factor of ‘as seen on TV’ ads to hawk a slightly ridiculous product—QR PJs, a garish set of pyjamas emblazoned with scannable images of popular late-night food items in Japan.

The idea is that the user simply scans their own pyjamas which leads to the food item being displayed on their Uber Eats app. The product seems to have been created to make earned media headlines, and the brand itself doesn’t take it too seriously in the accompanying explainer ad. The use of Japanese influencer Matt Kuwata is brilliant here as his vacant, heavily contoured complexion only adds to the irony of the video. Also a nice touch is the fact that users can interact with top-tier Twitch streamers in real-time upon scanning the images.

Ad Nut’s lush coat of fur means that Ad Nut doesn’t require pyjamas to be comfy at night, but Ad Nut nevertheless loves the idea of a trail mix being a QR code away.


Client - Uber Eats
Marketing Director - Shin Nakagawa
Senior Marketing Manager Japan Delivery Lead  - Ai Suzuki
Marketing Manager - Rebecca Morton
Marketing Brand Strategy Lead - Ally Doube
Creative Director - Alex Bolderoff
Senior Consumer Communications Manager - Mai Wada

Creative Agency - Special
Co CCO’s -:Julian Schreiber & Tom Martin
CD - Max McKeon
CD - Sarah Parris
CT - Laurent Marcus
Co CEO’s  – Lindsey Evans & Cade Heyde
Group Strategy Director - Celia Garforth
Team Lead – Eileen Cosgrove-Moloney
Business Manager - Georgia Holgate

Creative Agency - Boxx
Creative Director: Yutaka Tsujino/Takafumi Izumi
Agency Producer: Hayato Chaki/Sheldon Kawai/HIromi Shibuya
Copywriter: Takahiko Sakamoto, Saki Miyashita, Yoshihiro Kawase, Masanori Yamauchi Lena OKamoto
Designer: Takashi Kadoshima

Production - Film
Production Company: GEEK PICTURES INC.
Offline Post Production: GEEK PICTURES INC.
Director: Kai Oe
Producer: Hiroki Nakasone
Production Manager: Ayaka Takashima

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