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Lowe Roche Creates Installation for The Missing Children’s Network

At an event hosted at The Beverley Hotel in downtown Toronto earlier this month, Lowe Roche created an installation piece honoring lost children using more than 1,000 Missing Kids Stamps. The installation featured stamps of Mélina Martin (missing, 2005), Maisy Odjick (missing, 2008), Tommy Clement-Pepin (missing, 2006), and Karar Al-Meiky (missing, 2006). As participants and passers-by took these stamps, the installation revealed a large portrait of Cédrika Provencher — “a solemn tribute, as well as a reminder of the greater impact that a single stamp will have.” Lowe Roche also designed the accompanying website and activation pieces for The Missing Children’s Network.

“Hope With Every Letter” was launched last year as a grassroots movement to put the faces of missing children on postage stamps, in an attempt to “drive action on behalf of the children who go missing in Canada each year.” At the Missing Kids Stamps website, “stamp personalization technology is seamlessly integrated to let Canadians create individual postage stamps featuring missing children” in the hopes that they will find their way into the hands of someone who recognizes a missing child. The project has been gaining attention, as it was recently nominated as a “People’s Voice” finalist in the 2014 Webby Awards. More importantly, the initiative has met with some success, with two children reunited with their families thanks in part to their efforts. The Missing Children’s Network used the installation as a way to launch year two of their “Hope With Every Letter” initiative, and were quite pleased with Lowe Roche’s work.

“The concept really is ingenious, and inline with our mission. We’ve made a commitment to the families that we work with to use every channel available to us to help them find their loved ones,” said Pina Arcamone, director general of The Missing Children’s Network. “The postage stamp is so universal, and passes through so many hands each day – it offers a way of paying homage to these children so they will never be forgotten. We were surprised no one had thought to use them in this way before, but more than happy to be the first to innovate in this way.”

You can learn more about the initiative in the video above, or by heading to the Missing Kids Stamps website. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

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Lowe Roche Turns Yogis Into Bones for ‘The Power of Movement’

To promote The Power of Movement, Canada’s largest yoga fundraiser, Lowe Roche wanted to show that not only would the event raise money for arthritis, but that yoga can bring increased mobility to arthritis sufferers as well.

To link these ideas, Lowe Roche crafted a 30 second spot featuring yogis lined up to resemble “shapes of the human bone system.” The spot uses this as a striking visual representation of the ties between yoga, arthritis and mobility, accompanied by text explaining how you can help those with arthritis simply by doing yoga. All of this is accompanied by the obligatory new age music you’d hear at a typical yoga studio.

For Lowe Roche creative director Jane Murray, this was a very personal project. Murray suffers from a rare form of arthritis called Ankylosing Spondylitis, which causes the spine to fuse. When client Sabrina Young approached her asking if she knew any agencies who would take on pro-bono work for the Arthritis Research Foundation, she volunteered and made it her pet project.

Print elements of the campaign launched last month, while the television component of the campaign was only recently unveiled. The Power of Movement event is scheduled for March 2. Credits after the jump. Read more

Lowe Roche Mines Data, Reveals Ad Folk Like to Drink Alcohol, Watch Porn Among Other Things

Lowe Roche respects the data. In a video for Strategy Agency of the Year Awards, the Toronto-based company provided some education on the habits of the ad employee demographic. Not just tidbits about dieting and working, but the juicy stuff: you know, alcohol and porn. As someone who works with data just about every day (for sports, not survey research) I definitely appreciate a math-based approach to an industry full of projects that often rely on intuition and copycat trends. Product-research data can always be manipulated or ignored or conducted incorrectly. Steve Jobs once said, “People don’t know what they want until you show it to them,” and he was right. But demographic data is usually helpful and meaningful.

Here are a few lighthearted and self-deprecating mathematical takeaways from the clip, according to PMB Advertising Vertical Analysis 2013:

- Ad people drink nine times as much bourbon as the average Canadian.

- Ad people watch 1.7 times the amount of pornography as the average Canadian.

- And ad people are 1.6 times as likely to mute the sound in TV commercials as the average Canadian.

At least we can all agree that television commercials are typically bad. Buy some Jefferson’s Reserve. Drink up. Credits after the jump.

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Street Waxing: Advertisement or PSA?

As much as I appreciate a good fail video and laugh regularly from schadenfreude, Lowe Roche’s latest for Fuzz Wax Bar in Toronto just made me cringe. To advertise their dedication to smoother skin, Fuzz covered a male model in wax strips and sent him onto the streets. People could tear the strips (and hair) off him to receive a 25% off gift certificate. The strips were illustrated with grim-faced smileys, varying based on the amount of pain they would cause. Many people appeared to delight in making this man shout in agony.

“Street Waxing” seems to me the opposite of an attractive ad campaign. The selling point of waxing is the final product: smooth skin. In between appointments, one primary goal is to forget about the pain. That makes this experience more of an anti-waxing PSA. Fuzz Wax Bar reminds us, very viscerally, that waxing is not a pleasant experience. And adding insult to injury, (unlike this model), you’re going to have to pay to get yours yanked off.

Credits after the jump

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