Safe-Driving PSAs Get More Graphic But Have Little Effect

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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."

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by Steve Hall    May-27-14    
Topic: Cause



Watch What Happens When These Unsuspecting Bar Patrons Are Approach by Complete Strangers Pretending to be Their Friends

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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.

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by Steve Hall    May-27-14    
Topic: Cause



German Footballers Come to the Aid of Cancer-Stricken Children

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Here's a great effort from Jung von Matt for the German Red Cross. Coming to the aid of children suffering with cancer, the agency worked with Germany's football players who donated blood for the sick children. Each of the blood bags were labelled with the player's name so the children knew who was coming to their aid. Check out the case video below.

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by Steve Hall    May-20-14    
Topic: Cause



You Will Need to Pay Very Close Attention to This South African Anti-Gun PSA to Truly Understand it

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I had to watch this PSA for Gun Free South Africa twice to really get it. It's very subtle. In an effort to turn the country into a gun-free zone or at least mitigate the fact that over 50 firearms are stolen or lost each day and that 18 people are shot everyday, the spot delivers the message, "If you're stolen gun was there, so were you. Hand in your gun.

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by Steve Hall    May-15-14    
Topic: Cause



Man Fights Woman in Cage Match For Domestic Violence Awareness Campaign

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Perhaps you heard about that mixed gender MMA fight in Brazil? As you will see in this campaign case study video, the fight never actually happened because the whole this was a domestic violence awareness campaign.

Agencia3 in Rio de Janeiro created the campaign which had the media and social media debating the notion of a man fighting a woman. Should they? Shouldn't they? What does it all mean?

The case study claims the campaign reached over 40 million people and achieving $3 million in earned media.

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by Steve Hall    May- 8-14    
Topic: Cause



This Beautifully Illustrated Video Aims to Improve the Lives of Those in East Africa

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Young & Laramore has created a beautiful and compelling video for Building Tomorrow, an organization which aims to improve the lives of those living in the countries of East Africa.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-29-14    
Topic: Cause



BBDO Marks World Autism Day With Ad Featuring Band-Aid, Campbell Soup and AT&T

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To mark World Autism Awareness month, BBDO NY and Autism Speaks have partnered to create a, one time, :60 commercial message which aims to help raise awareness of autism and to encourage parents to look for the early signs of autism because it's been shown early intervention can make a big difference.

The :60 message is actually made up of four, stand-alone, short :15 commercials woven into one story that features the same family as they take a journey through their child's upbringing. It begins with a family visit to a pediatrician, and then is followed by a series of short commercials for BBDO clients like Campbell Soup Company and AT&T Wireless.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-28-14    
Topic: Cause



Gisele Bundchen Butchers Blondie's 'Heart of Glass' For A Good Cause

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H&M hooked up with supermodel Gisele Bundchen to create a cover of Blondie's hit "Heart of Glass" which will be released on Ultra Records with proceeds going to UNICEF.

Produced by Bob Sinclar, it's all to promote H&M's summer fashion line.

Even with aggressive autotuning, the song is, shall we say, not that great. But, hey, it's for a good cause so head over to iTunes and download it. No one ever said you have to actually listen to it.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-23-14    
Topic: Cause



Pedigree Uses Other Brands' Ad Budgets to Support Its Own Adoption Drive

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Hoping to latch itself onto the belief that any video with cute pets will go viral, Pedigree, with help from Colenso BBDO, is out with a video featuring cute puppies that's part of its Adoption Drive. The brand will donate any YouTube advertising revenue generated from this video's views and earmark it for feeding dogs in need.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-15-14    
Topic: Cause



Honda Trades Death and Dismemberment For Emoticons in Safe Driving PSA

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While there have been some amazingly powerful safe driving PSAs from all over the world, most of them resort to the dramatic, real-life trauma of the crash (see the all-time classic here). But this entry from Honda takes a different approach.

The automotive brand has enlisted the power of emoticons to convey its message with a new social media program aligned with April's Distracted Driving Awareness Month to call attention to the dangers of texting while driving. In support of this first-ever National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) initiative, Honda is launching the "Thumbs Up" (#thumbsup) social media campaign to reach young drivers by using emoticons along with a video that illustrates the importance of safe driving.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-15-14    
Topic: Cause










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