Energy Savings Gets the RPG Treatment

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The Ad Council and the US Department of Energy are using a new ad effort to build a new "energy ethic" for tweens. The campaign's called "What's your excuse?" and was created by Goodby, Silverstein & Partners.

LoseYourExcuse.gov is stocked with tips for saving energy, desktop background downloads and the like. I really love the game, though. Been playing it all afternoon.

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by Angela Natividad    Sep-16-08    
Topic: Cause, Games, Good, Online



Just Another Tap Water Advocate, Shilling Its Own Plastic Bottle

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Witness the Tappening by DiMassimo Goldstein/NY. Didn't we cover almost this same thing yesterday -- except prettier and less tight-assed?

In any case, it's nice to know there's a tide turning against the bottled water-buying trend. But why flood the market with new plastic containers at the same time? What committee got together and decided this made business sense?

Demonstrate your conviction with a little extra. Go stainless steel. Or even tin, but watch out for the occasional stomachache or bout of diarrhea. Small price to pay for a happy planet.

by Angela Natividad    Sep-16-08    
Topic: Cause, Packaging



Mr. Mehri Goes to Madison Avenue. White Agencies Beware!

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Just as the proverbial Mr. Smith went to Washington to clean things up, it seems top civil rights lawyer Mr. Cyrus Mehri is on his way to Madison Avenue to clean up the ad industry's diversity mess. A top civil rights lawyer, Mehri conducted a study of diversity in advertising agencies and found it woefully out of whack when compared to diversity in other business sectors.

While the study is still underway, it seems Mehri may already be setting his sights on an industry he says has only paid lip service to the issue with hearing, conferences and hiring efforts. He claims the problem isn't lack of interest in advertising among minorities as some have surmised, rather the seeming unwillingness of agency management which he sees as a closed country club filled with white men who just don't want to address the problem.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-15-08    
Topic: Agencies, Cause, Industry Events, Opinion, Trends and Culture



Arnold Helps City Year Say 'Change the World'

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Last week Arnold Worldwide launched several new PSAs for City Year, an organization of 17 to 24 year olds with diverse background who mentor, tutor, clean up neighborhoods and generally do good things.The spots are full of "we are change"-iness but that's to be expected from an organization that's out to, well, change things.

The spots were shot by Redtree Productions documentary filmmaker Josh Seftel who's received his fair share of independent film awards. All the spots can be seen at the City Year website here.

by Steve Hall    Sep-15-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Commercials, Good



Because Some People Just NEED Bottled Water. Like, to Be Happy.

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Under the premise that bottled water consumption is more a trend than a necessity, a spankin' new company called TAP'D NY is pushing tap water. In a bottle.

Yeah, that sounds weird. What I guess it's doing is running a full-on campaign to encourage people to drink tap water, and if not tap water, then local water instead of something from, oh, Fiji. Why encourage distributors to ship a product over 8,000 miles when you can get the same 100 percent tasteless! goodness from a factory near you?

That's how TAP'D NY is justifying its otherwise-dodgy product position: Don't buy bottled! But if you have to, buy us! -- er, local! Each unit contains gently-purified New York tap water. As a bonus, there'll also be some smart-ass statement written on the side, like "Water just like mom used to serve" or "bottled water without the funny accent."

Thirsty for more? Read the blog, gussied up in festive orange. The company promises not to self-promote too whorishly, but it's doing a great job of finger-wagging at rivals.

by Angela Natividad    Sep-15-08    
Topic: Cause



Julianne Hough for Juicy Fruit, BMW on Review, Pigs in Drag, HP Meets Far East

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- BMW's holding a media review worth $155 million.

- Remember Memento? Imagine if it were an ad for Sony Ericsson.

- The Institute for America's Future hopes to derail the political bullshit train with an ad campaign about "major challenges facing the country." That's cool and all, but is this nearly as exciting as this? Don't answer, that's rhetorical.

- "Mom, what are those?" "Tadpoles, honey." "Oh. What do they have to do with being 'knocked up'?" Good luck with that.

- If PETA's ads were always this cute, I might have wanted a pig for a pet, not for breakfast. I like the point it made though. And look! They didn't even have to embarrass anybody.

- Here's a Wrigley Juicy Fruit ad in the style of that DoubleMint candy raver-looking thing. In this one, Julianne Hough invests the Juicy Fruit jingle with country music flair. It was so peppy and sweet, watching it gave me a cavity.

- In the unlikely event you need a laptop to match your Mandarin dress, Hewlett-Packard's got just the thing.



Because Being Uninsured is Almost (?) Like Being Naked

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To draw eyes to the 6.7 million uninsured residents living in California, Blue Shield erected 40 naked statues at a Los Angeles-based event for universal healthcare coverage. Each statue is frozen in a vulnerable position, which reflects the state of people living without healthcare coverage.

I like the effort. It brings a bit of provocation to a public landscape without making it seem cluttered with advertising. See more photos.

by Angela Natividad    Sep-10-08    
Topic: Cause, Events, Good, Guerilla



Amalgamated Defends Honour, Sexy (Sexist?) Palin Buttons, B of A Tries Gettin' Down with Co-Eds

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- Amalgamated clears air over "Virtual Drinking Buddy" rip. In addition to starting a dialogue with Robbie Wenger, Amalgamated founder Charles Rosen told Adrants, "in no way are we above stealing ideas around here - but it wasn't the case this time. we really didn't know about robbie's virtual drinking buddy until he emailed us about it after our mike's spot ran." That's serious grace under pressure, and we were completely charmed.

- Smart way to promote sober driving.

- Tribal DDB scores Wrigley account, must now work out how to adhere gum to 'net users. Shouldn't be too hard. Just chew a little and avoid this kinda crap.

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by Angela Natividad    Sep- 5-08    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Campaigns, Cause, Packaging, Political



Thirsty African Kid Invades TV Studios for Water

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To promote "Music for Life," whose theme this year was the dearth of drinkable water in some countries, the Red Cross and Studio Brussels let loose a thirsty black kid, who invaded TV studios and stole sips out of TV personalities' glasses.

It's hilarious. He just races onstage, gulps water down, and races off again without a word. Nobody can keep a straight face, and one chick just looks totally lost.

A video montage of the effort was put together and disseminated under the catchy name "Black boy wants water." As the Guerrilla Communications blog points out, it kept people awake -- and better still, got its point across.

The effort purportedly raised 3.3 million euros for drinkable water. It also won two golds, a silver and a titanium award at Cannes this year.

by Angela Natividad    Sep- 3-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Good, Guerilla



Fetch the Suspenders! It's Obama Buttons on Parade

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The tireless MoveOn.org is giving free Obama buttons away to anybody willing to part with their email, mobile number and address data. (What a tradeoff!) Packages include:

o One free Obama button.

o Three Obama buttons for a $2 donation. Just think how spiffy your tatty old backpack will look this September.

o 45 BUTTONS for a $20 donation, which, stylewise, would put you in direct in competition with this here little lady.

A moving ticker on MoveOn's site reports over 1,776,804 buttons have been ordered so far. I smell a trend afoot. Don't get left behind!

by Angela Natividad    Sep- 1-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Cause, Guerilla, Online, Political, Promotions










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