The Creators of the World’s 7 Wonders Have Serious Beefs With This Company’s ‘8th Wonder’

'This pleases your gods of industry?'

Ancient Chinese Emperor Quin Shi Huang and (the mummy of) Egyptian Pharaoh Khufu, along with their lawyers, debate 'wonder' status for ErectaStep. ErectaStep
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A below-the-radar industrial brand called ErectaStep has a hand in building a whole host of modern marvels, like electric cars and rocket ships for civilian space travel.

But does that put it in league with the Great Wall of China, Machu Picchu and Egypt’s Great Pyramids?

In its first national TV campaign, ErectaStep has dubbed itself “the 8th wonder of the world,” and historical figures like Roman Emperor Vespasian and Egyptian Pharaoh Khufu aren’t having it. Threatening to sue, they meet at the arbitration table with their attorneys to protest ErectaStep’s overreach into their hallowed turf.

The company—boasting Dow, Boeing and NASA as clients—wants to reach business decision-makers with its surprisingly fun promotional video from agency RED7. There’s a 60-second version airing on TV, with this 2-minute extended version available online:

Modular stairs, catwalks and handrails “don’t have to be boring,” says creative director and copywriter Scott Linnen. “We thought we could have a little smart, irreverent fun with its role as modern-day wonder of industry. That, and poke a little fun at this litigious age of ours. But in the end, it’s all just a, ahem, monumental misunderstanding.”

In the spot, a rep from the brand tries to unruffle the famous feathers (a metaphor that doesn’t sit well with the headdress-sporting Montezuma) of those in attendance, explaining why ErectaStep is innovative and essential, while answering questions from the gathered lawyers like, “This pleases your gods of industry?”

Montezuma, Quin Shi Huang and Vespasian eventually come around, though Khufu’s head nearly explodes during negotiations (OK so it’s really just his mummified jaw that drops off).

The campaign will air on news networks like CNN, MSNBC and Bloomberg and entertainment cable channels such as FX, Comedy Central and Discovery. It includes digital, print and content on


Client: ErectaStep
Agency: Red7, Charleston, S.C.
CEO: Rob Honeycutt
President, ECD: Jason Wilder
Creative Director/Executive Producer/Writer: Scott Linnen
Senior Art Director: Jason Corn
Director of Digital Marketing: Tracy Mikulec
Production Company: Stadium, Los Angeles
Director: Eric Maldin
Executive Producer: Michael Bergin
Head of Production: Jon Brogan
Producer: Brian Bell
Edit: Paul Sabater, Spotwelders
Sound: Matt Miller, Lime

@TLStanleyLA T.L. Stanley is a senior editor at Adweek, where she specializes in consumer trends, cannabis marketing, meat alternatives, pop culture, challenger brands and creativity.
Publish date: October 25, 2018 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT