Out To Launch

EmpireStateReliefFundHurricane Sandy might be over, but rebuilding has just begun. The New York state Governor’s Office launched a series of PSAs for the Empire State Relief Fund, whose mission is to help New Yorkers rebuild and restore what was lost. Celebrity New Yorkers appear in each ad, and the central spot features them in a casual setting, sitting down and describing their personal love of New York. Interspersed with personal recollections from Edie Falco, Al Pacino, Steve Buscemi, Brooke Shields, Whoopi Goldberg and Robert DeNiro are black-and-white stills of New York landmarks and homes ravaged by Sandy. See it here. In one spot, celebs hold pictures of destroyed homes and declare that the act of people working together to help those affected is bigger than Hurricane Sandy. Watch it here. Another spot features the celebs with photos of destroyed homes, telling viewers their hearts are at these homes. See it here. In the final spot, DeNiro, Pacino, Michael J. Fox and Nathan Lane utter words that begin with re: rebuild, restore, repair and revive. Watch it here. Deutsch NY created the campaign pro bono.

HurricaneSandyReliefFundAn Ad Council PSA goes a more direct route in asking for aid to help victims of Hurricane Sandy. George Washington, on the dollar bill, stars in the PSA. The dollar bill takes the shape of a bed, stethoscope, hammer and wood, home and a hand, illustrating the multitude of things it can accomplish. Donations don’t need to be hefty to make a positive impact on others. The PSA encourages folks to visit Sandy.AdCouncil.org, where there’s a list of charitable organizations working to help those affected by Sandy. See the ad here, created pro bono by Free Range Studios and RadioFace.

KFCKFC hit such commercial success with its holiday ads promoting an 8-piece meal with a dozen cookies that it created three extended online videos as a treat. A grown man is sandwiched between his two kooky aunts who ridicule his dating life and mock his ex-girlfriends. The only solution is handing them a piece of KFC and enjoying the silence. Watch it here. In the next video, our guy is bombarded by his nephews, playing that annoying “I’m not touching you” game as they place a finger thisclose to his face. Cookies keep the boys at bay. See it here. Two uncles keep stressing the importance of a five-year plan. Fried chicken saves the day. Watch it here. Draftfcb Chicago created the campaign.

FootLockerCarmelo Anthony stars in a cute 15-second spot for Kids Foot Locker. Two friends are convinced their pal morphed into Carmelo Anthony on the court because he buys his gear at Kids Foot Locker. In reality, the friend just grabbed some water -- and Anthony really is playing, blocking and competing against a group of kids playing b-ball. Watch it here. The second ad features Dwight Howard as a force to be reckoned with on the court -- but a scaredy cat when hunting ghosts in abandoned building at night. Through a night vision lens, Howard hears a noise and runs screaming like a kid to safety. I’d react the same way. This was all a hypothetical situation because Howard is a dominant presence off the court, too. Wearing “Foot Locker Approved” kicks, natch. See it here. BBDO NY created the campaign.

TiVoTiVo launched two TV spots starring the quarterback everyone loves to hate, Tim Tebow. In “Slow-Mo” a brother and sister tell Tebow that they just bought a TiVo. They also share their mother’s dirty little secret: she watches anything Tebow-related in slow motion. See it here. In “Passing,” the young sister thinks Tebow is cool and talented but not as great as the TiVo Stream, because lots of people can throw footballs. TiVo Stream is one of a kind. Watch it here. The ads were created in-house, and R2C Group handled the media buy.

OBo.b. ultra is back on shelves and an “Endless Celebration” gets the party started. The site, created by Lowe Roche, Toronto, features more than 50 interactive clips celebrating the return of o.b. ultra absorbency tampons. This is a massive time suck. In one video, a quirky guy danced the “Amy”; in another clip, my mouse turned into a hand that slapped the rear end of a football player. Touchdown, indeed. The site lets you replay your clip or ask for another, truly making this effort the endless celebration it calls itself. When you tire of the videos, download coupons.

KiaInnocean Worldwide Canada and Thinkingbox partnered to create a tricked-out Kia Rio that cheered for the Vancouver Whitecaps FC soccer team. On game days when Whitecaps’ fans tweeted using the special hash tag #kiacheerwcf, it triggered the Kia Rio to “cheer” via lights, car horn and car alarm sound effects, in real time. The event was simultaneously captured on two 80-inch monitors. See a demonstration here.

 

AARPThe AARP and the Ad Council launched a PSA to provide information and support to the more than 42 million unpaid caregivers nationwide, many who feel isolated and alone. “Silent Scream” illustrates the physical, emotional and mental strain on caregivers, showing an ill family member next to their caregiver, who is uttering a loud scream that can’t be heard. The PSA encourage caregivers to visit www.aarp.org/caregiving or call 877-333-5885 for help and knowledge that caregivers are not alone. See the ad here, created by Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners.

RaguAppRandom iPhone App of the week: BGF 9000 and Stink Digital created the 'Give Em Ragú’ App, allowing families to use photos and videos from mobile phones, Instagram and Facebook albums to create their own Ragú commercial and share with family and friends. Once pictures or videos are selected and a title is created, the app will pair the phrase with an original Ragú jingle. The video can be shared through Facebook or YouTube. The app is free in the App Store.

Recommend (4) Print RSS
All content published by MediaPost is determined by our editors 100% in the interest of our readers ... independent of advertising, sponsorships or other considerations.
  • NEW! Hispanic Democrats For Trump Shows Donald Some Love -- Tough Love

    Hispanic Democrats for Trump, a Boulder-based advocacy group, launched a 30-second spot that will run in Denver and New York markets on Aug. 6 during Jon Stewart's final night hosting "The Daily Show." "Thank you, Mr. Trump" features three Hispanic presenters thanking Trump for his recent comments -- as each ...
  • NEW! Brooke Shields, Constantine Maroulis, Ham It Up In La-Z-Boy's 'As The Room Turns'

    Brooke Shields and Constantine Maroulis successfully turn up the cheese factor in "As the Room Turns," a soap opera parody for La-Z-Boy. Playing off the outlandish story lines typically found in soap operas, Shields and Maroulis play a husband and wife with big drama and stylish furniture. Fresh off a ...
  • NEW! Clearasil To Teens: Acne, And Your Mother's Nagging, Won't Last Forever

    Clearasil wants teens to know that acne sucks, but it's temporary, like your mother's nagging. "Let's Be Clear" takes a more realistic approach to discussing acne. Rather than tell teens that everything is OK, it tells teens that Clearasil can relate to this uncomfortable time, but stresses that it will ...
  • NEW! Lean Cuisine Continues Rebranding With Campaign Celebrating Phenomenal Women

    Nestle's Lean Cuisine is continuing its rebranding campaign with the first of a series of online videos that celebrate phenomenal women. The first person highlighted is a young maternity nurse from Boston, who rides motorcycles, works the night shift and knits. Whatever she does, she goes all in. She also ...
  • NEW! L.L Bean's Back-To-School Campaign Illustrates Brand's Backpack Durability

    I had an L.L. Bean backpack back in the day, and it lasted for an eternity. The brand launched a back-to-school campaign highlighting just how durable the company's backpacks can be, because kids will undoubtedly put their backpacks through the ringer. In the ad, kids use their backpacks as bases ...
  • NEW! Merrick Backcountry Dog Food Tested And Approved By Wolves

    Merrick Backcountry, dubbed an "ancestral" dog food line from Merrick Pet Care, launched an online video where the pet food was tested -- but not by dogs. No, the brand went a step further and performed a taste test using dog's ancestors, wolves, as subjects. The taste test took place ...
  • NEW! Johnsonville Sausage Launches 'The Ballad Of Bratsgiving' Ballad

    Every day is a holiday, and Aug. 16 is National Bratwurst Day, or "Bratsgiving." To celebrate, Johnsonville sausage launched a music video and Bratwurst song, "The Ballad of Bratsgiving." The video is two minutes of cheesy sausage lyrics, positioned like those Time Life Music ads of yesteryear, encouraging folks to ...
  • NEW! Natural Beauty On Display In Latest Carl's Jr. Ad

    Natural curves are on display in the latest Carl's Jr. and Hardee's ad, promoting its Mushroom & Swiss All-Natural Burger. The ad budget was minimal; rather than spending dough on models like Charlotte McKinney, Kate Upton and Kim Kardashian, it's mushrooms that receive VIP treatment. "Natural Beauties" shows off a ...
  • NEW! Forget The Mars Rover, Oscar Mayer Debuts Wiener Rover

    To celebrate National Hot Dog Day, Oscar Mayer introduced a new vehicle to its Wienermobile fleet. The Wiener Rover is an all-terrain hot dog on heavy-duty wheels that carries hot dogs to hungry fans across the country. Take that, Mars Rover. I wonder when the Wiener Rover will be available ...
  • NEW! Winner Of Apartments.com Contest Gets Free Rent For Life

    Apartments.com launched a contest on its website in which the finalists -- 12 in all -- will compete to receive free rent for life. Only one winner for that. Contestants must write a review of their apartment on the company's website to enter.  Supporting the campaign is a TV campaign ...
>> Out to Launch Archives