Aww, Don't Cry. You're Murdering Trees.

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Greenpeace has built a spoof site to take on Kleenex, which, since hankies went out of mode, dominates the wipe-your-eyes and blow-your-nose market.

The "Kleer-cut" site is a barbed duplicate of Kleenex's current "Let it Out" campaign, which encourages people to hit soggy emotional highs and head for the nearest floral tissue box. "Tell calm, cool and collected to TAKE A HIKE," it coaxes. "It's time to LAUGH until you CRY. SCREAM until you spit. Show your heart and show some tears."

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by Angela Natividad    Mar-21-08    
Topic: Brands, Cause, Good, Online, Spoofs



Yes, Yes, Yes, We Know Second Hand Smoke is Bad

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Apparently a lot of people die from second hand smoke in Louisiana. New work from New Orleans-based agency Trumpet for the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living is approaching the dangers of smoking by highlighting the dangers of second hand smoke.

In one commercial, shot using the much overused overlapping voice track technique, a collection of people point out the facts surrounding second hand smoke exposure and how many people in Louisiana have been affected. In a second spot, the story of one of the women featured in the first spot is highlighted. She tells the story of Louisiana, an environment in which, apparently, everyone smokes and how her mother and how she died because of living in that environment.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-13-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause



Bravia Teases, Spitzer's Sporty, Sienna Sexes, Gentlemen Go Ginger, ABSOLUT Greens the Scene

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- Check out the 2008 Sony Bravia ad teaser, pop-infused and action-packed with controversial bunnies.
- Support your local politician's private life. Sport a Spitzer 9! (Thanks, Rob.)
- Watch some beach-combing models turn each other on over a Toyota Sienna. We love how Toyota isn't afraid to take the piss.
- What, bored with the Flugtag? See Red Bull surf.
- Don't just be gentle. Or ginger. Be a gingerbread gentleman. For Starbucks' Pass the Cheer (thanks, BG!).
- Obama Mobile. Seriously.
- Bill Gates has joined LinkedIn, stirring rumours that Microsoft might look to collaborate with the social networking site. Or take it over. Maybe he's just lonely.
- ABSOLUT Vodka tries saving the planet with uncut films from the Live Earth film series. Next time somebody offers us a plastic bag, we're going to slap him in the face. With an iron glove.

by Angela Natividad    Mar-12-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Cause, Commercials, Online, Political



Red Cross Hearing Test Harnesses Senses for Meaningful Message

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How does your hearing compare to others in your age group? Find out in this quick hearing exam, sponsored by the Red Cross and Oslo Health.

You might learn something about captivating audiences to broadcast a message they'd normally ignore. That's what we walked away with.

Thanks Shedwa for pointing it out.

by Angela Natividad    Mar- 7-08    
Topic: Brands, Cause, Good, Online



MySpace Launches Safety PSA

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You can debut all the privacy controls you want, but there's nothing like a generic safety PSA to show the feds you mean business.

See "Don't Stop the Dialogue," produced by Big Fuel for MySpace. It will run on iKeepSafe.org and MySpace Safety along with featured safety tips and a soothing message from CSO Hemanshu Nigam.

Chill effect much?

by Angela Natividad    Mar- 6-08    
Topic: Cause, Online, Social, Video



For Hardcore Green, Revisit Penguin Basics

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To persuade people to Do the Green Thing, Play With Us put together this documentary about penguins in Antarctica. Except the penguins aren't penguins; they're naked people that seem at least partially catatonic.

All this to get us to huddle? We've seen cozier arguments.

by Angela Natividad    Mar- 4-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Online, Video



Leo Burnett Combats Cancer with Man Hair

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Nothing says "manly" like a manly manly mustache. So why not use its follicle-rich power to fight prostate cancer, that most castrating of man-diseases? That's what Leo Burnett did.

For the month of what came to be called "Movember" ("mo" being slang for "mustache" in Australia), employees at Leo Burnett, Chicago grew mustaches to raise money for prostate cancer research. Part of the game was competing with the Australia office. (Witness the hijinks for yourself.)

Chicago, which beat the Aussies in both donation and 'stache style, raised $7000 for the cause. For an additional $10 donation, employees were offered a signed Men of Movember 2008 calendar.

Guess what! Now you can have one too. And if anybody asks why a calendar of hairy strangers is hanging over the water cooler, just tell them you helped fight cancer.

Only pray they don't ask what one has to do with the other. Out loud and to somebody who's probably gunning for your cubicle, telling this story is strangely tiring.

by Angela Natividad    Mar- 3-08    
Topic: Agencies, Cause, Good, Strange



Jack's For Hillary, Rest of Hollywood's For Obama, Tilley Tattered

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- Jack Nicholson's got a thing for Hillary. And he's expressing it by using clips from the many movies he's made over his career.

- On Advertising Age, Ken Wheaton explores the Hitleresque qualities of the latest will.i.am Obama video.

- And the Paul Tilley saga continues. Here and here and here. Make it stop. Please. Can't we just let the man rest in peace?

- Minneapolis-based Martin Williams has laid off 14 people in media, creative, operations and in print and television production.

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by Steve Hall    Mar- 3-08    
Topic: Agencies, Cause



To Plea for Plight of Pigs, PETA Exploits ... Yo' Mama.

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Here's a picture from a recent PETA stunt at Covent Garden in London. (If you're wondering why it says "Moo," it's because it came from our favourite Hilton.) Campaign copy reads, "Unhappy Mother's Day for pigs! GO VEGETARIAN."

See Make the Logo Bigger exercise deductive logic: "Wouldn't momma pigs have a bad day every day?"

No need to be coherent when you've got a naked MILF on her knees in a cage. And BFD says the woman in the cage isn't just somebody's mom -- she's pregnant.

Ugh, PETA, uuuuuugh. You make us want to tear the shin off an antelope with our teeth.

by Angela Natividad    Mar- 3-08    
Topic: Cause, Guerilla, Human, Worst



Ad Council Launches Creative eNewsletter

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The Ad Council just hopped aboard the online clue train and started its own e-newsletter, the Ad Council Creative.

It's pretty neat, actually. What it will do is showcase creative from ad agencies that donated time and effort to building campaigns for the Ad Council. The first three on the list include an eco campaign by DraftFCB, a child abuse campaign by Ogilvy & Mather, and a domestic violence series by McCann Erickson.

We'll probably be subscribing to keep ourselves updated on the wacky hijinks of cause advertising (there are many!).

by Angela Natividad    Feb-26-08    
Topic: Cause, Good, Online










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