Citizens Bank Green$ense Campaign Twists Logic

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In what appears to be nothing more than slapping the Green label on Bank of America's Keep the Change program, Citizens Bank has launched the Green$ense Campaign which pays customers ten cents for every electronic transaction they make but only up to $10 per month and $120 per year. Even without the facade of "greenery, Bank of America gives up to $250 per year with its program. And people don't even have to be green to get the $250.

Of course it's all to motivate people to bank electronically which uses less paper which, yes, is an admirable "green" effort. But, seriously, the real reason any bank would motivate its customers to bank electronically is to cut overhead (by hiring fewer tellers) and increase profit.

With cutesy headlines like "Being eco-friendly just got eco-nomical" and "The environment is like a bank account. Every little bit helps," the campaign rolls out in print, radio, outdoor and television.

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by Steve Hall    Oct- 9-08    
Topic: Bad, Campaigns, Cause, Opinion, Radio, Strange, Television



This Campaign is So Gay

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There once was a time when it was perfectly fine to use the word gay to describe something other than a person of the homosexual persuasion. In fact, my grandmother used to use the word all the time in a perfectly harmless manner to describe a joyous occasion. The use of the word gay in that manner, while not incorrect in terms of its definition, isn't all that culturally acceptable any longer. Just like titling the chapter of a Hardy Boys book "The Big Boner" (as in blunder or error) wouldn't go over so well in today's publishing world.

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by Steve Hall    Oct- 8-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Celebrity



You Don't Sleep Around But She Does

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Mirrors don't lie. That's the tool this Erwin-Penland-created commercial for Clemson University takes. Noting most people don't undress in public, don't humiliate their friends, don't vandalize the campus and don't sleep around, the commercial makes it clear you shouldn't either.

"Our goal with this campaign is to reach people - students and non-students - and make them think about their own behavior," said Vice President for Student Affairs Gail DiSabatino. "There is such a bombardment of advertising that promotes alcohol and sports. This is one attempt to combat those promotions."

It won't be an easy job but the message will be spread across posters, newspaper, radio and video.

by Steve Hall    Oct- 8-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Good, Poster, Radio, Television



That Pot of Boiling Water Scalds Again

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Just as various groups did the car crash thing over and over and over and over and over again, it seems we're in for a graphic workplace safety trend as well. Following last year's effort from Canadian group Prevent-it, Australia's WorkSafe Victoria is out with a series of ads in which a guy misuses a nail gun, a cook carries a pot of boiling water that's too heavy and a woman has a bit of trouble using a bagel slicer.

The focus of the campaign urges workers to ask for help if they don't know how to use a particular piece of equipment. The ads will air in two versions. One will will air prior to 8:30PM as a PG version. After that, the full blown gross out version will air.

by Steve Hall    Oct- 7-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause



Ask.com: Dolla Make You Holla!, Political A-Listers, Blogging sans Byline, Gyro's Self-Aggrandizing Promotional Oeuvre

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- A handful of rich-ass celebrities use reverse psychology to cajole MySpace users into voting. What, does Jennifer Aniston not do it for you? Maybe Leonardo DiCaprio's poverty-ridden excuse for a blog will.

- The wife of David Warthen, founder of Ask.com, is facing tax evasion charges on money she made while working as a hooker to pay for law school.

- Three thought-provoking reasons not to blog anonymously if you're gonna blog at all.

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KFC Craves, Smirnoff Mixes, CPB Rolled, Kiplingers Tours

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- In a bid to woo former CP+B client Pearl Izumi, Boulder agency Karsh/Hagan launched a poster campaign slamming agencies that drop smaller clients for bigger ones.

- With "silent" ad, KFC offers $20,000 to the United Nations World Food Program if presidential candidates address the issue of world hunger during the debate Tuesday in Nashville.

- Smirnoff is out with a new commercial which has two trapeze artists making a drink in mid air while performing at the circus.

- Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine has joined the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors Consumer Education Foundation and TD AMERITRADE Institutional to launch the Your Money Bus Tour.

by Steve Hall    Oct- 6-08    
Topic: Agencies, Cause, Commercials, Events



It May Not Be as Fast as a Tsunami, But It's Still Coming

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To demonstrate how global warming will one day turn familiar surroundings into aquarium props, Offsetters suspended lifeboats off the side of buildings and lined Vancouver's streets with water safety gear: life vests under park benches, and a life guard, on duty, in the middle of a promenade.

Efforts included clear "offsetters.ca" labeling. See more of the work on the website.

Nice way to get attention, ignite imaginations and play with surroundings instead of cluttering them. By Rethink.

by Angela Natividad    Oct- 6-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Guerilla



Gossip Girl (OK, Kristen Bell) Urges People to Vote

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Kristen Bell, along with Mark Cuban, Olivia Munn, John Picard, Minka Kelly, Bill Maher, Matt White, Norman Lear, Perez Hilton and others are part of GAP's Vote For campaign. In the PSAs, the celebrities urge people to vote for those who can't, not to stay silent because an individual vote might not matter, to vote green whether or not you are red or blue, to vote for cleaner energy, to spport the troops and other bipartisan messages no one can really disagree with.

It's a nice effort. It's subtle. It's well crafted. And, thankfully, it's miles away from the usual, overtly leftist/rightist approach we see in so many other political PSAs.

by Steve Hall    Oct- 3-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Celebrity, Good, Political, Video



'They Like Pets, Right? Why Not Get Them a Drug-Sniffing Dog?'

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Patsy, a little potato-faced woman, doesn't know how to talk to her kids about drugs. But she knows that she should, so she finds ways to unearth drug use in ways they won't expect: ambushing them in the shower, patting them down mid-embrace, and stripping labels off the family's prescription pills. (Don't ask. I was clueless about the logic of that.)

In the end, well-meaning Patsy only alienates her kids and bamboozles her husband into accidentally taking female hormone pills. (No labels on the drug bottles, remember?) The moral of this story? "Don't be a Patsy."

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by Angela Natividad    Oct- 2-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Commercials, Online, Television



'No Stank You' Reminds You: Smoking is So. Not. Trendy.

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WONGDOODY brings retro effects and electonica beats to No Stank You, a fervently trendy effort to keep teens in Washington from smoking.

A dance-off sets the stage for the first spot. Each team consists of a person and a disembodied set of lungs. One set's healthy; the other looks like the tattered black pieces of a deflated life vest.

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by Angela Natividad    Sep-29-08    
Topic: Agencies, Campaigns, Cause, Commercials, Online, Television








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