©2019 by Janet Barker-Evans.

Kmart was coming out of bankruptcy, and heading straight into

a recession

There was one thing the core Kmart shopper knew well, and that was how to stretch a dollar.  In fact, the recession hit the Kmart shopper least of all because she was already a smart shopper. Frugal became hot, and people were flocking to her to learn her secret ways of making ends meet.

There's smart, and there's Kmart Smart.

I wrote that tagline, and sold in the campaign to validate the shopping prowess of our Kmart shopper, and attract new shoppers who were eager to learn how to shop Kmart Smart.  Being a 'frugalista' was popular, and I convinced the new CMO to focus all of our holiday advertising not just around Kmart Smart, but also featuring their 'old fashioned' layaway program.  He was tough to convince, but I did it, and it worked.  Kmart Smart turned the brand around and brought Kmart "back in the black" for the first time in well over a decade.

When we won the Kmart account, the client had only one stipulation.  We had to work with the new talking lightbulb they had just introduced to the world - Mr. Bluelight. 

Kmart Smart worked so well, it drove a lot of decisions for the brand, including the renaming of their private label brand, which became Smart Sense.

My team and I made hundreds of tv spots for Kmart and Kmart brands — here are a few of my favorites!