Willie Nelson Lends Pipes to Chipotle Pigs

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We guess one must feel at least a little bit nostalgic for a time when things were simpler, purer and not so...processed when viewing this new work from Chipotle which rails against industrial farming's treatment of pigs. The work is accompanied by a Willie Nelson cover of Coldplay's The Scientist.

In the two minute video which will be shown in 5,700 movie theaters, the story of a pig farmer is told. After having second thoughts over his farming practices, he returns to his roots and unboxes, as it were, his pigs and, one assumes, kills them in a more humane manner.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-31-11    
Topic: Brands, Cause, Celebrity, Commercials



If You Waste Water, You Are weird

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Thank God we don't have to witness yet another idiotic PSA about the importance of saving water. Aside from the fact it's a renewable resource and three quarters of the earth is covered with it, we're sick of being preached to like wasteful sloths who could care less about economizing on anything. Oh wait.

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 9-11    
Topic: Cause, Strange



MTV Asks Us to Give A Shit

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If you've ever tweeted, Facebook'd, Google+'d or conducted any other form of social communication while sitting on the toilet, you're the target audience for this new campaign from Give A Shit.

In a two minute video, Twilight actress Nikki Reed urges us all to...give a shit. The campaign, which is backed by MTV, aims to encourage people to...just care. Care about the various problems facing the world. Reed, with inspiration from the Dahli Lama, argues that the simple act of just caring can lead to actions being taken to cure the world of its ills. If only. But, hey, it's valiant effort that taps into everyone "God-given moment of solitude and contemplation."

Join the movement. With a movement of your own.

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 9-11    
Topic: Cause, Celebrity, Racy



Kenneth Cole Stirs Debate on Abortion, Guns, Gay Rights and War

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In its continuing effort to rid the world of every last prejudice, stereotype, human rights issue, environmental problem and other ailment facing the human race, Kenneth Cole is out with Where Do You Stand, an effort that aims to open debate on gay rights, woman's right to choose, gun control and war.

The effort is supported with an online site hooked up with which invite visitors to chime in on these topics. Offline advertising supports as well.

We're going to make one comment on one of the campaign's pieces of creative. And, in doing so, we're going to tip our hand and let you know we are decidedly pro-choice on the issue of abortion. One of the ads reads, "Should it be a woman's right to choose if she's the one carrying it all?"

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 8-11    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Cause



Billboard Says Hot Dogs Are as Bad as Cigarettes

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Anyone who doesn't already know the ingredients of a hot dog consist mainly of the crap that falls on the floor after all the good stuff has been cut off the pig or the cow will find this new campaign informative. A billboard, located near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, from the Cancer Project of the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine reads, "Warning: Hot Dogs Can Wreck Your Health." The headline is accompanied by an image of a cigarette pack filled with hot dogs.

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 1-11    
Topic: Cause, Outdoor



Drew Does Needless Mark Up, G+ Gets Mocked

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- Drew Barrymore will front a new campaign for Nieman Marcus.

- David Hasselhoff is making jokes with the Air New Zealand puppet.

- Campbell Mithun wants you to know they've employed the apparently never before used "flicker" effect in a new commercial for Famous Footwear.

- Vogue will top the fashion category this September with 584 ad pages.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-22-11    
Topic: Agencies, Cause, Celebrity, Magazine, Racy, Spoofs, Video



Disco Can Save Lives So Says Ken Jeong

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This hilarious PSA from The Ad Council and the American Heart Association entitled Hands Only CPR aims to educate people of the proper procedure for administering CPR in a life threatening situation. The PSA features actor and comedian Ken Jeong who, along with a couple of hotties, shows up to save the day when a charades player falls to the floor.

A supporting website, created by Gotham allows visitors to practice proper CPR techniques on a selection of body types. We're not sure the work is quite as enthralling as the CPR-themed work from Fortnight Lingerie but it's far less distracting and far more likely to actually educate.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-22-11    
Topic: Cause



New Ad Council PSAs Equate Saving Energy to Saving Money

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U.S. Department of Energy and the Ad Council have launched a new education campaign to educate consumers on how to save money on utility bills. The pro bono campaign, created by GSD&M are designed to help consumers save money on their energy bills by doing things such as sealing leaks in their homes and using energy efficient products.

One spot informs viewers wasting energy is like throwing away everything you could have bought with the money you spent on that wasted energy. Another spot points out how traditional light bulbs generate nine times more heat than light - enough, apparently, to cook a chicken.

The campaign directs people to energysavers.gov where information can be found on how to cut energy use.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-19-11    
Topic: Cause



Russian Women Disrobe in Support of Putin Presidency

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Last week, a video was floated to YouTube that hypes an army of Russian women willing to tear off their clothes in support of Vladamir Putin running for the Russian presidency. While Putin, who has already served two terms, hasn't declared he's running, that hasn't stopped these women, referred to as Putin's Army, from asking other women to post their own videos of themselves tearing off their clothes. Reportedly, the best tearing video will win the woman an iPad2. Some reports claim women are also being urged to kill something or someone to win the contest.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-18-11    
Topic: Cause, Political, Racy, Strange



Campaign Offers Children A Voice

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Calling attention to the thoughts, hopes and fears of children, a new billboard campaign in Pittsburgh was launched last week. The campaign, part of the Hear Me project, aims to make children aware of the project and its focus on providing children means of being heard.

Of the campaign, Hear Me Director Heide Waldbaum said, "We listen to what they're talking about. They do have a voice, and they're capable of producing newsworthy content, and we should be listening to them."

The project, part of Carnegie Mellon's CREAT Lab, has 3,000 children participating who have contributed their thoughts to the campaign's billboards, website and Facebook page.

by Steve Hall    Jul-18-11    
Topic: Cause, Outdoor










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