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Mekanism Continues ‘It’s On Us’ PSA Effort for White House

Back in September, Mekanism rolled out its “It’s On Us” sexual assault awareness PSA for the United States government, enlisting the help of celebrities (including actor Jon Hamm), along with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, to deliver its message.

Now, the agency is rolling out phase two of the campaign, again calling on bystanders to help prevent sexual assault. While the initial effort relied on its star power, this time around Mekanism instead attempts to put the viewer in a realistic situation. At a drunken house party, a female guest attempts to leave, only to have her exit blocked by an aggressive guy asking, “Oh no, you’re not leaving are you? Why do you want to go home?” as another guy sits on the couch with a drink. “This isn’t a PSA about sexual assault,” says the voiceover, “it’s about being the guy who stops it.” The spot ends with the guy getting up from the couch to come to the girl’s aide, followed by the message “It’s on us to stop sexual assault” and directing viewers to ItsOnUs.org.

While lacking the visibility of its predecessor, the spot communicates its message well. By focusing on the guy on his couch just having a drink at a party as an uncomfortable situation unfolds, it puts the viewer in his position, the idea being that viewers in a similar situation will know that it’s time to act rather than simply doing nothing — to be part of the solution, rather than part of the problem. Its released is timed in anticipation of next week’s “National Week of Action” at colleges and universities across the country, a push to get students involved with “It’s On Us.” Read more

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We Hear: The North Face Business in Review

The North Face is making a big push to expand its brand. At the end of October, the company launched a new campaign called “Your Land,” its most expensive marketing effort to date; now a source tells us that it might have opened an agency review as well.

First, the spot created by Mekanism (with web experience designed by Colorado’s Factory Design Labs), which will make its TV debut during this week’s edition of Sunday Night Football:

For the record, we really hope the surfer in this spot wasn’t trying to bring his board on the L train at rush hour.

We know that North Face chose Factory Design Labs as its AOR in 2007 and that Mekanism took over the TV portion of the account recently, hence the credits on this new campaign (which has earned coverage in Fast Company, The New York Times, and other pubs).

A source tells us that, as part of this new initiative — which sees the company increasing its marketing spend by 50 percent – the rest of The North Face business is currently in review.

We’ve yet to receive confirmation or information about which agencies might be involved. Updates when they come in and credits for the ad above after the jump via Adhugger.

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Mekanism Goes All the Way to The White House to Prevent Sexual Assault

This newly released PSA created by Mekanism for a tiny, no-name client known as the United States government includes quite a few famous faces aligned behind a single cause: reducing sexual assault rates via personal responsibility.

In fact, the spot begins with some (literal) in-your-face testimony from everyone’s least favorite fictional creative director:

The release tells us that Mekanism “developed the It’s On Us campaign’s concept, creative, and design” with production help from The Mill and Park Pictures while the White House brought the power of celebrity to bear on the project.

Like most PSA campaigns, this one includes multiple elements encouraging viewers to get involved.

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Mekanism Employees Photoshop CEO Everywhere

See, sometimes we get fun tips. Someone at San Francisco’s Mekanism apparently proposed an in-house Photoshop battle beginning with this image of CEO Jason Harris:

The campaign almost certainly won’t win any Lions, but some of the entries are pretty good after the jump.

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Kids, Just Say ‘No’ to Jugs

Well, it’s definitely a rarity to see a laundry detergent ad rock this hard.

From SF-based agency Mekanism comes this latest viral spot for Method, an odd brand of laundry detergent that requires “four pumps for one sweet load.” Since being posted yesterday, the “Say No to Jugs” has already amassed nearly 90,000 YouTube plays, no doubt converting innuendo-loving guys who look like Sam Beam (the bearded guy from Iron and Wine) and the girls who love them to spray-bottle detergent.

This video follows Method’s “Clean Happy” campaign launch from last month, which used the Naked and Famous track “Young Blood” to appeal to 20-somethings seeking a hipper way to do their laundry. Detergent in jugs? What are you, my grandma? Join the “People Against Dirty” on Method’s Facebook page and view credits after the jump.

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