Hey, Soldier. Are You Good to Go?


Being in the service is like living in a bubble: you do as you're told, go where you're sent, and live on-base, which has its own restaurants, shops and medical centers.

So one of the scariest things about leaving the military is knowing what to do afterward. Four years in, it's hard to remember what civilian life is like; worse still, you're rusty with the social and professional politics.

To help future former military members get a head start, Plaid created AreYouG2G, a clever little site that helps them construct outside lives based on what they did in uniform.

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by Angela Natividad    Aug-28-09    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Good, Online

O, Hell No; Three Olives Brings O-Face to TV


Three Olives Vodka, the folk that pimped the nation for its best O-face, is back with a triage of TV spots.

Each scenario is the same: a bespectacled male is subjected to pain. He doesn't react. Then he downs a shooter of the vodka, squeezes his little shoes together and O's his little heart out.

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by Angela Natividad    Aug-28-09    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Campaigns, Commercials

NBC New York Plugs Local Cred with Quirky Shut-Ins


We're not really sure what New Yorkers read to give them that Big City somethin'-somethin', but NBC New York wants the crown for itself.

So it turned to Mother, which in turn conceived "Locals Only," a campaign that spotlights the website's granular take on the city. It's the spots that compelled us to visit the site, where we discovered it's a lot like HuffPo for deep-Manhattanites with a PG palate (more for NBC's sake, wethinks, than for the city's).

Yesterday's big story was a taser-toting robber grandma; today you've got a happy ending to a very old kidnapping story.

We also think the changing header -- "NBC New York [is intrigued by nude models]" -- gives it a personable touch, lending sass to a rag that, while not as gritty as NEW YORK POST, may well hold its own in the city's dense circle.

But enough about the site; let's move on to the weirdos. The punchline's cheap, and the news tidbits at the end feel a little shoehorned in, but the caricatures are wicked.

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by Angela Natividad    Aug-28-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Television

Non-Prof Mails Change in Hopes of Getting Some


We all get save-the-kids! mailers, and most of us have received the kind with the nickel or the quarter enclosed, for added effect.

But it never occurred to us how stupid this approach is until The Denver Egotist pointed it out:

If your envelope line reads "A Nickel Could Save A Child's Life!" and you not only enclose the aforementioned nickel, but spend a few more of them popping it in the post, you've just fucked yourselves and the importance of the message.

For those of us that have already passed precious shekels to a charity, it really leaves you wondering how much of that cash was recycled as nickels for the trash heap. But who knows, maybe this works, and we've been doing ourselves a great disservice by hoarding for retirement. What's that proverb? It takes money to make money?

by Angela Natividad    Aug-28-09    
Topic: Cause, Direct, Strange

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Almost Ready, Guys. Just Tryin' to Decide if It's a Kitchen Knife Day.


Through the magic of YouTube, Choose a Different Ending walks you almost seamlessly through a tense scenario between street kids. As it progresses, you get to decide what happens next and how you -- as a character -- will react.

The choose-your-own-adventure model's been used before, notably by Twix, but not this well or for this provocative a cause. We were surprised by how the experience captured our curiosity -- and also by a lot of the endings. (When you elect to talk things out, it's rare that you expect to be gutted like a fish.)

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by Angela Natividad    Aug-28-09    
Topic: Best, Campaigns, Cause, Video

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