The climax of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has come and gone, but there are still plenty of people dumping freezing cold buckets of water on their heads to raise awareness about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig 's Disease).
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge not only raised awareness about ALS, but it also helped many brands step into the spotlight and market themselves while supporting a great cause. And the best part: the Ice Bucket Challenge raised more than $94.3 million to fund future ALS research.
But there have been tons of awareness campaigns for diseases and disabilities in the past. What made the Ice Bucket Challenge so successful?
Here's an interesting approach to festival promotion. Made Event, the promoters of electronic dance music concerts, including , Electric Zoo, has launched "Come To Life." The campaign encourages attendees to organically enjoy -- rather than with chemical enhancement -- the light show, the music and the energy of the crowds.
At the heart of the campaign is the message that concertgoers don't need to do drugs, particularly MDMA, (aka Molly or Ecstasy) to enjoy the festival.
So Greenpeace is out with with an emotionally powerful ad that takes issues with a deal Shell and Lego signed to sell the toy maker's products at gas stations in 26 countries. The ad centers on Shell's Arctic drilling and focuses on the harm an oil spill could have on the environment.
The deal, signed in 2012, is similar to the deal the two had from the 1960's up to the 1990's. The ad, entitled Everything is NOT Awesome, urges people to tell Lego to end its partnership with Shell.
Latching onto the notion children do not respect boundaries or privacy when it comes to snooping around the house for fun items to play with, this gun safety ad from Evolve features two mothers talking to one another while their children run around the house and play.
In a PSA for the Tender Education and Arts #StandUpWorldCup campaign, a woman watches as her World Cup team appears to be winning and then doesn't. The look of devastation on her face turns to outright fear which is explained by the statistic that follows.
We won't give away the ending but we guarantee you will find it powerful.
OK so the Ad Council, in partnership with the National Crime Prevention Council and the Bureau of Justice Assistance, is out with a new firearms safety campaign entitled Safe Firearms Storage. The work, created by Merkley+Partners, features children basically begging their parents to use caution just as parents so often instruct their kids to use caution when doing things in life like riding a bike or swimming in a pool.
Here's some interesting work from Verizon which, in partnership with women's network MAKERS, has launched a campaign to spur dialogue regarding gender parity for young women in science, technology, engineering and math fields (STEM). The campaign, entitled Inspire Her Mind, is designed to encourage young girls to break gender barriers and pursue a path towards STEM.
When you view the campaign's Inspire Her Mind video you will, sadly, realize that unintentionally belittling a girls' aspirations is all too common and even widely accepted as the norm.
This month, the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance will launch and new TV, radio and online campaign created by Seattle-based Frank Unlimited that centers not on curing or even alleviating cancer, but on prevention.
While that would be a predictable direction for a public service campaign but not so much for a healthcare advertiser whose bread and butter, so to speak, is cancer treatment. Nevertheless, the campaign represents upwards of 35% of Seattle Cancer Care Alliance's total 2014 marketing budget. Called "Do One Thing," it promotes cancer risk-reducing lifestyle changes that people, especially adults 45+ and especially women, can make on their own, without participation in any hospital program.
Much like prankvertising, once upon a time, long long ago, shocking safe driving PSAs only came from oversea. That does not seem to be the case any longer. As a person who sees these PSAs from all over the world, it's easy to become jaded, yawn, and utter, "...and there it is...another side-on collision in slow motion."
Here's another entry into the whole all-you-base-are-belong-to-us, privacy fear mongering thing. This one comes to us from Experian and the folks over at London-based Abundance. It follows the tried and true approach; publicly available online information is collected from a few unsuspecting souls and given to actors who portray themselves as friends.