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Marriott Partners with Braden Summers for ‘#LoveTravels’


Today, Marriott International announced “#LoveTravels,” a collaboration between Marriott Creative Agency and photographer Braden Summers featuring LGBT celebrities like Brooklyn Nets center Jason Collins and fashion model Geena Rocero.

“#LoveTravels” is part of Marriott’s new LGBT social media and marketing campaign and seeks to “share exclusive and powerful images celebrating inclusion.” The images featured in the campaign will be displayed as building wraps at five hotels in Washington, D.C., a series of print ads in LGBT media, an online portrait gallery and display ads in cities throughout the U.S., and a social initiative encourages guests to share their own experiences using the hashtag #LoveTravels. Campaign content will be hosted at marriottlovetravels.com.

“Braden’s work so beautifully illustrates the inclusiveness and equality that we embrace,” said Kristine Friend, senior director, segment marketing. “We are committed to ensuring that all of our guests feel comfortable at all of our hotels and are proud to stay with Marriott.  #LoveTravels is a universal theme we believe is shared by all cultures and communities and truly represents our company’s philosophy and values. We also want to encourage our guests and travelers around the world to share their own journey and story through #LoveTravels @MarriottIntl.”

You can check out behind-the-scenes footage from the campaign’s photo shoots above.

PVH Corp. Selects We Are Social to Manage Social Media for Van Heusen, IZOD

wearesocial-logo PVH Corp. has appointed global social media agency We Are Social to manage and consult on all social media activity for the apparel company’s Van Heusen and IZOD brands in North America. PVH Corp. also owns and operates the Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger brands worldwide, which are not undergoing any agency change.

“Both the Van Heusen and IZOD brands have long histories and remain in demand because we continue to promote them in ways that are current and relevant to consumers,” said Anthony Trama, senior vice president of creative services, PVH Heritage Brands. “Social media increasingly plays an important role in each brand’s ability to drive incremental growth, and we look forward to partnering with We Are Social to help take our brands to the next level.”

“The Van Heusen and IZOD brands have great stories to tell, based on the combination of authentic American heritage and contemporary appeal,” added Leila Thabet, managing director, We Are Social US.  “We’ll work in partnership with the brand team to bring each brand’s story to life within social media.  This begins by developing an understanding of their respective audiences, including online behavior habits, which will then allow us to create engagement strategies driven by these insights.”

Ogilvy Japan Turns Sleeping Drunks into Billboards

In Japan, hard work and a low alcohol tolerance mean that at the end of the week countless people literally drink until they drop and fall asleep on the street. In Tokyo, for instance, the sight of drunks sleeping in the street on a Friday night is considered normal. To help curb this phenomenon, bar chain Yaocho got together with Ogilvy Japan to turn sleeping drunks into human billboards.

In an effort to shame people into more responsible drinking habits, Ogilvy Japan found sleeping drunks and outlined their bodies in white tape, with the message, “#Nomisugi,” which translates roughly to “Too drunk.” Passers-by around Japan have been sharing the impromptu outdoor ads on Instagram and Twitter. Whether or not the stunt was staged, it certainly has made its presence known, and most likely influenced a few bar-goers into taking it a little easy. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

360i Issues New Manifesto for Clinique

360i has issued a new “#StartBetter Manifesto” for Clinique, with a new 60-second video asking viewers to “Start something. Start better.”

The new spot uses simple visuals to convey its inspirational message, its sequence using only shape, line, and type. 360i’s manifesto seems to be catching on, as the video has garnered over 600,000 views since launching on May 20th. The simple approach has also led to a wealth of  interpretations from users across Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. You can check out the “#StartBetter Manifesto” above, and stick around for full credits after the jump.

RPA Issues ‘Slow Citations’ for Honda

To generate excitement for Honda’s upcoming “Fastest Seat in Sports” sweepstakes offering entrants a chance to ride along with Mario Andretti, RPA Andretti went around annoying people going about their everyday business with “slow citations” for doing things too slowly.

RPA and Honda just released footage of the stunt (featured above), which follows the “Honda Speed Control” as they issue these citations to unsuspecting civilians. Three additional “slow citation” videos will be released preceding the end of the sweepstakes on August 6th. Additionally, RPA will be issuing “slow citations” to unsuspecting brands or products that are too slow on Twitter.

“Honda is leveraging one of the most exciting opportunities in all of sports fandom—the opportunity to win a ride in the Honda two-seat Indy Car driven by Andretti—to broaden awareness of this incredible sweepstakes,” said Susie Rossick, senior manager at American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “This humorous video and social effort give us the opportunity to bring attention to Honda’s racing spirit and the advanced technology and performance found in all of our Honda vehicles.”

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ACW Grey Tel Aviv Ends Bad Hair Days for Pantene

When Pantene decided to faze out their Perfect Curls Hair Cream in Israel, where 25 percent of women have curly hair, they met with a harsh backlash via a Facebook group protesting the removal of the product.

To counteract the negative feelings, and the bad hair days, Pantene enlisted ACW Grey Tel Aviv to respond to posters with personalized giveaways, such as a romantic dinner for two and hotel stay, a shopping spree, a beauty treatment and professional fashion shoot. As the girls began sharing the experiences, over 200,000 women were exposed to the initiative, which then blew up with national and even international news coverage. It resulted in estimated media coverage of over $500,000. Then Pantene invited the group to a movie premiere where they unveiled the re-launch of the product by hiding it under invitees’ seats, helping to end their bad hair days and, Pantene is undoubtedly banking on, winning some long-term customer loyalty. Check out the case study above to learn more about the initiative and stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

FCB Zurich Creates ‘Emography’ for MTV Mobile

FCB Zurich combined emotions and typography in their “Emography” project for MTV Mobile, a new Facebook app that allows users to express their emotions via typographical selections, eliminating the need for emojis or abbreviated summations of emotions — at least in theory.

To accomplish this, FCB Zurich created a special font for each of the eight basic human emotions: curiosity, surprise, fear, sadness, contempt, rage, happiness, and disgust. Users select a recipient in the Facebook app, type their message, and select their chosen Emography, which is displayed as a video message. Some of the Emography choices are more successful than others at conveying their intended emotions. Emographies for sadness (The Crying Font) and rage (The Broken Glass Font), for example, make sense as visual displays of those emotions, and convey them well. The Confetti Font, however, used for surprise, doesn’t really fit that emotion particularly well. Others, such as the Emographies for contempt and curiosity, work better in theory than in practice. Additionally, FCB Zurich missed out on the opportunity to somehow convey laughter in typographical form and free users from the ubiquitous “LOL,” which is too bad. Still, it’s a pretty cool idea, and with the service, “MTV mobile demonstrates not just technical know-how as the first Swiss provider of a dedicated text message service, but also gives the young target group an effective tool with which to communicate all emotions.” Check out the video above to learn more about the app, and stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

FCB Chicago Launches The Paint Studio for Ace Hardware with ‘Helpful is Beautiful’

Ace Hardware tapped FCB Chicago to help introduce The Paint Studio, which seeks to provide a “more style-inspired and personal paint shopping experience” for Ace customers with exclusive paint collections from Clark+Kensington, Valspar Optimus and Valspar Aspire. The resulting campaign, “Helpful Is Beautiful” is the largest ever for Ace Hardware, spanning television, radio, print, social and digital.

“Helpful Is Beautiful,” which was developed by FCB Chicago in association with Ace and Valspar, riffs on tropes from beauty advertising in an effort to emphasize the more design-oriented aspects of The Paint Studio. The attempts at humor fall flat (painfully so), but the spots do get across the more personalized approach Ace’s new Paint Studio takes when compared to other hardware mega-stores. Still, the three 30-second spots are pretty tough to watch.

“For years, women have expressed loyalty to their favorite cosmetics brands and the inspiring shopping experience that comes along with it,” explains John Surane, executive vice president, marketing, merchandising, and sales for Ace Hardware. “Ace and Valspar recognize the emotional response evoked by color and built the ‘Helpful is Beautiful’ campaign and The Paint Studio at Ace around this connection as a way to offer consumers a differentiating paint shopping experience featuring the brands they know and trust.”

Ace also launched a new website for The Paint Studio today, created by GSD&M, and will be featuring special offers to get customers to experience The Paint Studio throughout the month of May. Stick around for credits and a second spot after the jump. Read more

The Richards Group Takes on Flowers for Edible Arrangements


The Richards Group debuted a new creative direction for Edible Arrangements, the originator of the “fresh” (if you’ve ever tasted their product, you know otherwise) fruit bouquet and global category leader, in their first integrated marketing campaign for the brand. The new campaign “marks an evolution from several different creative campaigns for different media to one streamlined positioning played out from storefronts to social media to broadcast to banner ads.” As you may recall, Edible Arrangements named The Richards Group their agency of record last summer.

The Richards Group’s new multi-million dollar campaign (the brand’s largest advertising campaign to date) centers around the new tagline “Pick Fruit. It’s Fresher.” with an integrated effort championing the choice of fruit over flowers. “Reaction,” the 30-second television spot featured above, typifies the approach. Various mothers’ open-mouthed reactions to flowers appear at first to be enthusiastic, but are revealed to be bored yawns. The spot debuts in advance of Mother’s Day on April 28, with both a 30-second and 15-second version.

“This advertising, across all channels, pokes a little fun at the same old gift and encourages families to celebrate mom in a fresh way. And our research shows that moms really appreciate creativity and ingenuity in gift-giving,” said Edible Arrangements’ chief marketing officer Jeff Lobb. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

McCann Launches ‘Gator Golf’ for Zurich Insurance

Zurich Insurance is launching “Gator Golf,” an online video tutorial series, created by McCann Worldgroup, instructing golfers on how to deal with playing in close proximity to alligators.

The series was created to build buzz around the upcoming PGA Tour, Zurich Classic of New Orleans, where an alligator famously wandered onto the course during last year’s games. While not everyone finds alligators on the golf course a laughing matter, the series is tied to the larger “For Those Who Truly Love” brand platform, the idea being that those who truly love golf won’t let an alligator on the course stand in their way.  The “Gator Golf” series features “golfing and alligator expert” Jim Shanks offering up absurd solutions to gator-filled golf course problems. In the above video, for example, he recommends turning around and driving left-handed so that the gator behind you is “out of sight, out of mind,” while adding that if you’re attacked you should follow course etiquette and “die quietly.”

Gator Golf” is the social component of a larger integrated campaign including TV, print, online advertising and a microsite, and will appear on YouTube and on saud microsite in the lead up to the tournament, which takes place April 24 – 27.

Of course, when we read “Gator Golf,” we can’t help but think of this…

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