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Momentum Worldwide, Budweiser Remind You That ‘Friends Are Waiting’

Momentum Wordlwide revealed one of the cuter safe drinking PSAs you’re likely to see for Budweiser last Friday, timed to coincide with Global Be(er) Responsible Day.

The ad continues Budweiser’s affiliation with cute dogs (as seen in Anomaly’s “Puppy Love” Super Bowl spot). In “Friends Are Waiting” we are introduced to a man and his companion, a yellow lab, through a montage of the dog growing from a puppy to an adult. We then see the man leave with a group of friends, six pack of Budweiser in hand, telling the dog he’ll see him later. The lab waits patiently all night, accompanied by the text, “For some the wait never ended. But we can change that.” Then the man returns home to a very excited dog, explaining that he spent the night at a friend’s house, followed by the message, “Make a plan to make it home. Your friends are counting on you.”

It’s a pretty adorable approach to the overly familiar safe-drinking PSA, and sure to have dog owners of all stripes teary-eyed. By taking a different angle on the subject, and appealing to people’s natural love of their pets, it just may be memorable to make an impression and get dog owners to make safer drinking choices. Momentum is supporting the spot with the #friendsarewaiting hashtag, in an effort to help spread the message.

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Saatchi & Saatchi Examines Robot Love for Vorwerk

Saatchi & Saatchi Dusseldorf has a new campaign for Vorwerk examining some unintended consequences which may result from purchasing the company’s robotic vacuum cleaner.

In the spot, a toy robot becomes enamored with Vorwerk’s vacuum cleaner upon its arrival,  attempting everything to get the Vorwerk’s attention. The poor guy finds himself continually spurned as he goes to greater and greater lengths to attract his cleanliness-minded love, until it seems things may finally be going his way. While obviously inspired by the opening of Pixar’s WALL-E, the spot is well-executed enough to come across as a heartfelt homage rather than a ripoff, while also managing to showcase the Vorwerk’s capabilities. And it has to be one of the most entertaining ads for a vacuum cleaner we’ve seen.  Read more

Les Gaulois Shares Dog’s Stretching Routine for Citroën

Parisian agency Les Gaulois has a new spot for Citroën aimed squarely at canine fans.

In the spot, a Citroën makes a pit stop in the middle of a road trip. The mutt, aware that there won’t be another stop for some time goes through a lengthy stretching routine. It’s a simple, cute way to show the vehicle’s fuel efficiency and what’s not to like about a dog going through a human-like stretching routine? It also acts as something of a thematic follow-up to last year’s “Dog Romance.”

Saatchi & Saatchi Pulls Heartstrings for Cheerios

Saatchi & Saatchi gets emotional in its latest spot for Cheerios, entitled “3rd Shift.”

The 30-second broadcast spot tackles the harsh reality of juggling family life with an unorthodox work schedule for hardworking Americans. At the beginning of the spot, a man sighs as his wife says, “I know, this third shift is rough” and their son watches in the background. In the next scene we see a light flicker on as the boy reaches into the refrigerator for milk, a box of Cheerios under his arm. When his father sternly asks him what he’s doing up so late he replies, “I just wanted to have breakfast with you.”

“3rd Shift” comes as something of a shift to a more down-to-earth approach for the brand, following on the heels of recent spots featuring celebrities both human and feline. The emotional tone attempts to highlight the cereal’s function as a quick, yet somewhat healthy, option for families too busy for a more involved breakfast. Read more

Samsung Gets Cute with Kristen Bell, Dax Shepard

Samsung finally lets up on Apple in its latest spot, instead getting cozy with cute real-life couple Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard.

In the 90-second spot, the couple continuously ditch other plans in favor of staying in and entertaining themselves with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S. It’s a clever idea, and both the execution and the decision to go with an actual couple lend it an air of believability.

The spot begins with Shepard marveling at Bell’s tiny fingers. “How do you even hold things with these little guys?” he asks. This gives an indication of the tone for the rest of the spot, which may spell cuteness overload for some but has already picked up over 5 million views on YouTube in three days. “Hey, we promised we’d hike,” he then reminds her, only for the couple to spend the rest of the day on the Galaxy Tab S wasting time. (The only time either ventures outside the house is when Shepard picks up food to satisfy Bell’s pregnancy cravings.) At one point the couple dress up for an event, but get distracted and soon realize it ended hours ago.

It’s a refreshing approach for Samsung, and a welcome departure from what has become routine Apple-bashing. No word yet on whether this was created by Samsung’s agency of record 72andSunny or in-house, but we will update with that information when we receive it.

Update: We’ve received word that the spot was in fact created by McKinney.

Ogilvy Makes Cats Very Uncomfortable for Kotex

Ogilvy & Mather Shanghai has a new campaign for Kotex built around the fact that people love funny cat videos.

The 30-second spot makes the point that cats are very sensitive, before showing obviously uncomfortable cats walking very awkwardly. “Women are as sensitive as cats,” the spot goes on, “Kotex provides soft and intimate protection for women.” Seeing the cats struggle, unhappily, while walking with tape on them is even more entertaining than it sounds. Unsurprisingly, Adweek reports that the spot has already gone viral in China, where it has racked up over one million views. Read more

CP+B Gets MetLife Customers to Share ‘Who I Live For’

In celebration of National Life Insurance Month (yes, this is a thing), CP+B created a campaign for MetLife asking customers who they live for.

They then shared the results in a series of two online videos, called “Who I Live For” in an attempt to show the positive, human side of life insurance. The videos, as you might expect, attempt to pull on the heartstrings as people share photos of their children, grandchildren and significant others. Mixed in with the more predictable answers are a couple who share their love for their bulldog, Huey. Both spots end by inviting viewers to share who they live for with the hashtag #WhoILiveFor, as a social extension of the campaign.  “Who I Live For”  puts a premium on spontaneity, with seemingly unscripted responses from those interviewed and in the longer of the spots (featured above), one respondent offering up a seemingly improvised song as a soundtrack. Read more

OKRP Holds Pet Focus Group for Big Lots

Chicago-based agency O’Keefe Reinhard & Paul has a new campaign for Big Lots, promoting its pet food and merchandise offerings with a focus group for pets.

Instead of writing a scripted ad, the agency got a group of pets together for “Pet Focus Group,” a digital video series. The videos feature moderators treating the group of pets like a focus group, with actors asking questions about Big Lots products and interacting with dogs, cats, and other pets. O’Keefe Reinhard & Paul chose to cast improvisational actors to interact with the pets, under the assumption that the animals would create funny situations on their own.

“We realized that instead of scripting this, it would be so much more fun to let pets be pets, and get really good improvisers to react in real time to whatever those animals are doing,” explains Sue Gillan, creative director at OKRP. And because you have these human facilitators in the room with the pets, they get to do the heavy lifting around uncovering the quality of the products without the event feeling commercialized. The result feels like a genuine discovery of the products.”

Stick around for “Cats Only” and “Pets with Style.” Read more

BBH Barn Hijacks Tinder for Social Tees Animal Rescue


The Barn at BBH, “a training program for emerging advertising talents” has a new social campaign hijacking popular dating app Tinder for Social Tees Animal Rescue, a non-profit animal charity that rescues animals from kill shelters and “provides them with a safe haven and veterinary care until they are placed in a proper home.”

Social Tees Animal Rescue and The Barn at BBH hope that some of the 10 million users browsing through Tinder daily looking for love will love fall in love with their dogs’ profiles instead and bring one home for adoption. Since some Tinder users are not into the whole commitment thing, BBH has set up “the option to foster an animal for two weeks or to adopt for good.” It’s a cute idea, and it has already proven successful.

The Barn at BBH began populating Tinder with animal adoption profiles on July 31st and received over 1,500 matches in the first 24 hours. The goal of the campaign is to raise awareness about pet adoption and the 7.6 million dogs sent to animal shelters yearly in the U.S., in addition to finding individual homes for the pets involved. Check out the video above for a better look at the campaign, and stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

Leo Burnett Tugs on Heartstrings for Ronald McDonald House

Leo Burnett gets emotional for Ronald McDonald House Charities with their new spot, “Dad’s Voice.”

The 60-second ad highlights the emotional impact of the charity providing home-to-home accommodation for families with a child in the hospital. “It’s only a voice, everyone has one,” a narrator intones at the opening of the spot. “But this, this is dad’s voice. Dad’s voice is, well, dad’s.” Going on to list some of the voice’s idiosyncrasies, the spot concludes, “Dad’s voice is the sound of home, even when they’re not at home.”

It’s a pretty straightforward approach, but it makes a real emotional impact, delivering on a relevant insight for the charity. It helps that the approach is tender without being cloying, choosing not to oversell the drama of the situation but rather sticking to what viewers can relate to. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

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