Well this is fun. All week, Cleveland-based agency Marcus Thomas has been dunking employees in a vat of egg nog this week to help raise money for United Way. Of course, the charity portion of the stunt is important but the dunk factor is even better.
From 3-5pm each day visitors to the promotional site are able to get in line for a chance to use their mouse to toss a ball at a switch that drops a Marcus Thomas worker in the vat. For each successful shot, the agency will donate $50 to United Way.
Exercising some of the finest bathroom humor only the ad industry can come up with, Fallon UK has has given us Bauballs, a holiday themed, double entendre-laden promotion for men's cancer charity Orchid.
Beginning this week, a limited number of bespoke, festive Bauballs, decorations that resemble...well...guy's balls, are available for purchase on the campaign's website. All the proceeds will go back to the charity which was set up to support efforts to cure testicular, prostate and penile cancer.
UPDATE: Seems there's another Bauballs effort.
With help from BBDO New York, the American Red Cross has launched a new "storytellers" ad campaign which consists of personal accounts filmed by real people affected by tragedy and how the Red Cross came to their aid. The stories are touching and eloquently capture experiences we all hope we never have to go through.
Birmingham-based ad agency Luckie has created a holiday site, Luckie Elf, and will donate $25 to children's charities each time a person Instagrams a photo of themselves re-enacting a scene from the movie Elf.
For inspiration, the agency has chosen and described 14 scenes from the film for visitors to re-enact. Agency employees have already had quite a bit of fun as you can see from their own re-enactments.
On December 17, New York-based digital studio Click3X will, with a reverse Red Bull-style stunt, help raise money for Hurricane Sandy victims by launching The Great Milkillstokk as high as they can. This Milkillstokk dude is some kind of digitized little person with a really big head.
We have no idea with what and from where the little guy will be launched. But the video is definitely worth watching. Elf Up. Boogie Down.
Cambodia isn't exactly a place that tops many people's travel destination lists but after viewing this beautiful time-lapse video, you might feel differently. The place looks almost as stunning as Vegas.
YouTuber Andy Blalock created the video using clips shot over a six week time period. While the video was not created for any official purpose, aside from the fact it's as good or better than most tourism videos, Blalock, in his video description, calls attention to the plight of child sex trafficking and points to a site that addresses the issue.
DDB Chicago and Thornberg & Forester created a touching video for the Ronald McDonald House that tells the story of a mother (Erin Maley), a tragic car accident and how the Ronald McDonald House came to her assistance.
The work is part of a campaign that aims to raise $1 million for the charity by December 31.
Of the work, Thronberg & Forester Co-Founder Scott Matz said, "Our friends at DDB Chicago conceived a very thoughtful campaign to elegantly connect images and textures that manifest in sync with the audio story. The ribbon ultimately wraps a special gift, initiating a call-to-action to support Ronald McDonald House Charities by inviting donations... and to get there, we follow Erin Maley's powerful testimonial."
Burlington, Vermont-based Kelliher Samets Volk has developed a simple and powerful anti-smoking message for the Vermont Department of Public Health. Called Smoke Baby, the work is just that; an image of a baby in utero created from smoke.
The copy reads, "When you smoke, your baby smokes. Smoking while pregnant causes birth defects, brain damage and regret. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or visit vtquitnetwork.org."
In addition to appearing on posters, in brochures and in banner ads, the work was selected to appear in the Communication Art 2012 Advertising Annual.
Working with Crush, Toronto-based KBS+P tells the story of Emily, a little girl who was diagnosed with a brain tumor and how her wish was granted by Canada's Children's Wish Foundation. The animated tale is just the kind of heartwarming tale we need during the holiday season. Give it a watch.
Familiar baritone Morgan Freeman has lent his voice to a Human Rights Campaign marriage equality spot which debuted November 25. In the spot, entitled Dawn of a New Day for Marriage Equality, Freeman intones, "America stands at the dawn of a new day. Freedom, justice and human dignity have always guided our journey towards a more perfect union. Now, across our country, we are standing together for the right of gay and lesbian Americans to marry the person they love. With historic victories for marriage, we've delivered a mandate for full equality. The wind is at our back but our journey has just begun."
Just recently, Maine, Maryland and Washington joined Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont and District of Columbia as states that allow same-sex marriage.