October 11 – The Day of The Girl

Everyone get ready for the Day of the Girl.

Taking place on October 11, and with ads and content aimed at encouraging education, career-role models and mentoring, organizations hope to bring awareness to the many ways the world needs to uplift young women.

Mattel’s Barbie is introducing the Dream Gap Project, an initiative it hopes will raise awareness of ways girls are blocked from reaching their potential. The company cites research showing that by age 5, girls are less likely to view themselves and other girls as either smart or competent.

A launch video stars a handful of young girls talking about the many ways they inadvertently undermine daughters: They are twice as likely to Google “Is my son gifted?” than they are “Is my daughter gifted?” for example, and far less likely to give girls science-related toys.

The effort also includes a collaboration with New York University associate professor Andrei Cimpian for a two-year post-doctoral fellowship, focusing on the Dream Gap in girls between the ages of 5 and 7. And the brand, which generated plenty of buzz with the launch of its “Inspirational Women” collection earlier this year, including fencers, boxers, snowboarders and artists, says it plans to highlight at least 10 “empowering female” role models around the world each year.

Meanwhile, Unilever’s Dove is debuting The Girl Collective, “a sisterhood on a mission to raise the self-esteem of girls everywhere,” with a vow to reach an additional 20 million girls with messages “that can protect them from the outside voices that influence how they feel about their appearance.” Shonda Rhimes, the filmmaker who has been partnering with the brand on Real Beauty Production videos, hosted the kickoff event on Facebook Live.

Nonprofits are talking about Day of the Girl, too. Girls Inc., citing research that a third of girls between 7 and 10 say their appearance is the most important thing about them, is celebrating the day with the launch of “Pretty,” a book that urges girls to be pretty brave, pretty confident and pretty strong.

It’s also got a social component, using #theprettyconversation and #selfworthies, pointing out that 35% of girls worry about being tagged in photos that make them seem unattractive, and 65% agree that ads and media set unrealistic standards.

And Plan International is sponsoring girls’ takeovers around the world, including a #DayOfTheGirl emoji for Twitter. Its U.K. division is using the occasion to launch a new video campaign aimed at preventing street harassment.

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Lacoste adopts temporary logo to help endangered species

Lacoste temporarily replaced its polo shirts’ crocodile logo with the images of 10 endangered species to help counter the threat of extinction.

The shirts, which are part of a limited run supporting the “Save Our Species” campaign that launched during Paris Fashion Week on March 1, have sold out.
Replacing the crocodile above the left breast of the shirt are the Gulf of California porpoise, the Burmese roofed turtle, Sumatran tiger, the Anegada ground iguana and the northern sportive lemur, among others.
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The French clothing company calibrated the number of shirts produced for each series to the population of the remaining animals in the wild. Of the 1,775 shirts available, the Gulf of California porpoise had the smallest print run, with just 30 shirts available.
The Anegada iguana, by contrast, was the most available, with 450 editions. Proceeds went to International Union for Conservation of Nature, an international advocacy organization working to protect nature that sponsored the campaign.
The US Fish & Wildlife Service has placed 1,459 animals on its threatened and endangered list. Lacoste’s crocodile logo was introduced in 1936, and the company has never before sold shirts featuring other animals.

Ad Love: Microsoft

Last week I was a victim of verbal assault – I was told to, “go back to my country,” and called the N-word. I wasn’t in a so-called red state but on my way to work here in NYC which is supposed to be a melting pot. Unfortunately, of late, the city has shown more hate than love. I won’t succumb to it and it’s good to see brands take a stand also.

Microsoft’s new holiday spot aims to promote positivity by bringing together inspiring individuals to create a piece of art.

Its “Art of Harmony” ad, which will start airing nationwide today, shows seven people who have been standing up for causes they believe in using Microsoft’s Surface Studio to make a collaborative drawing. The final product is displayed at the end of the video on Jane’s Carousel in Dumbo, Brooklyn, followed by the words, “When the world seems divided, coming together can be a beautiful thing.”

The 60-second commercial will run on networks including NBC, ABC and Fox, and a 90-second version will live online.

Check it out and share the love…

Donate Organs via Apple’s iOS 10

Apple is trying to make organ donation a simpler process.

Recently Apple announced that its updated Health app, which will be available as part of iOS 10, will offer a new option that lets people sign up to be organ donors. The app’s Medical ID feature, which already keeps track of your medical and health information, will include the ability to register as a donor of organs, eyes and tissues. Registrations sent in through your iPhone or iPad will be forwarded to the National Donate Life Registry, an organization managed by Donate Life America.

Check it out:

 

Jet Blue #StandsWithOrlando

Here’s one more reason to join me in loving Jet Blue.

Today the company announced it will offer immediate family and domestic partners of Orlando shooting victims free seats on available flights to and from Orlando.

On the airline’s blog, Out of the Blue, Jet Blue officials wrote of their close ties to the city and of their sorrow as details of the shooting rampage have continued to emerge. In all, 49 were killed and more than 50 injured in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history:

Like many of you, we continue to watch reports of the Orlando nightclub shooting with great sadness. Our thoughts are with the victims and their loved ones.

This weekend’s events are felt by all of our 19,000 crewmembers, many of whom live in, work from and travel through Orlando – one of our focus cities – at Orlando International Airport, our Orlando Support Center and JetBlue University.

We want to do our part to help the victims of this tragedy, as well as support the Orlando community through this difficult time.

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Jet Blue will offer immediate family and domestic partners of victims who were killed or injured in the shooting free seats on flights to or from Orlando. Those needing assistance with arrangements should call 1-800-JETBLUE (538-2583) for details.

In addition, the airline instituted a fee waiver for customers traveling to or from Orlando who need to make last-minute changes to their travel plans.

The airline also is offering special resources to employees who have been affected by the event. Crewmembers are encouraged to check the company’s internal website for more details.

Lastly, JetBlue officials said they will make a charitable contribution to support the victims and their families.

Not surprising, the company has gone above and beyond to do its part and demonstrate yet again why they lead in the space as far as CSR is concerned.

AdWeek Intros Cause Marketing Report

Today, AdWeek debut its Cause Marketing report and I was all over it.

Described as a, “a deep dive into the rapidly evolving nonprofit world,” it features organizations who are doing an amazing job at pushing the envelope when it comes to cause marketing.

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A few highlights:

    • Staff writer Robert Klara and staff artist Yuliya Kim have created a detailed infographic looking at the millions of lives saved and improved by the Gates Foundation, which has given an astounding $36.7 billion to global charities since being founded in 2000.
    • Brands, especially tech leaders, have quickly become the most potent opponents of anti-LGBT state laws. Staff writer Christine Birkner looks at how corporations have shifted from being part of “the establishment” to being advocates for progressive policies.
    • Virtual reality can often seem impractical, but VR has quickly proven its value to nonprofits looking for new ways to create emotional connections between potential donors and charitable work being done overseas. Staff writer Marty Swant reports on the trend, alongside Adweek’s video production team, Alfred Maskeroni and John Tejada.
    • We often only see the downsides of anonymity on apps like Whisper, but staff writer Lauren Johnson reports on how nonprofits are also discovering the benefits of encouraging conversation in a place where young people can be open and honest.

Um …you know I’m in heaven, right? What do you think of AdWeek’s cause marketing report?

The FDA Gets Fresh

You may have seen them, commercials which features videos with dancers, DJs, beat-boxers and rappers expressing their disdain for smoking. Turns out, the effort is an attempt from the FDA  to harness hip-hop sounds, style and swagger to reach black, Hispanic and other minority teens — who disproportionately suffer the consequences of nicotine.

The campaign is called, “Fresh Empire.”

The ads first aired nationally in conjunction with the BET Hip-Hop Awards last fall. The campaign has also targeted hip-hop fans at concerts and other events, like the Hot 107.9 Birthday Bash in Atlanta and SneakerCon in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Check out the ad and full story on NPR below. I like this idea, btw.

Notorious FDA? Feds Turn To Hip-Hop To Tamp Down Teen Smoking.