Ad Love : Dillan Barmache’s story

Dillan Barmache couldn’t speak. Then he got an iPad.

Dillian, who is 16, has autism and is non-verbal, stars in a powerful new advertising campaign from Apple, launched in observance of World Autism Acceptance Day.

After spending his whole life struggling to communicate, Barmache learned to express himself with the help of his tablet—typing his thoughts and feelings, then letting the computer speak them for him.

Titled “Dillan’s Voice,” the two-minute commercial from TBWA\Media Arts Lab focuses on Barmache’s experience, in his own words.

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Ad Love: CVS and #BetheFirst

Drugstore giant CVS Health and its foundation plan to spend $50 million over five years to bolster anti-smoking efforts with a particular emphasis on young people.

The company recently announced plans to fund Be The First, a campaign that draws its colloquial inspiration from a goal to form the first generation of Americans to spurn tobacco.

The push comes more than a year after CVS stopped selling cigarettes, saying that smoking conflicts with its mission of promoting healthy living. CVS and the CVSHealth Foundation will share the costs of the campaign. Be The First will emphasize education programs, social media and marketing initiatives through groups such as the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Scholastic Inc., the American Cancer Society and the National Urban League.

Cigarettes and secondhand smoke cause cancer and other preventable diseases.

CVS set several concrete goals for the five-year campaign: cutting the national youth smoking rate by 3%, reducing the number of new youth smokers by 10% and doubling the number of college campuses that ban tobacco usage.

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Ad Love: Brawny’s #StrengthHasNoGender

Happy #InternationalWomensDay! Timeline are flooded as brands, individuals and organizations celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women.  This year’s theme is, A Pledge for Parity: to help women and girls achieve their ambitions, call for gender-balanced leadership, respect and value difference, develop more inclusive and flexible cultures or root out workplace bias.

A brand that stepped up to the call is Brawny with their #StrengthHasNoGender campaign, which I LOVE.

Brawny has swapped its iconic Brawny Man mascot with four powerful women—each of who is making a difference in her own way. While you won’t find the women on the packaging, their images will appear on the brand’s social media accounts throughout Women’s History Month.

The “#StrengthHasNoGender” campaign showcases CEO and president of Alvarado Construction Linda Alvarado; WNBA player Swin Cash; firefighter Maureen Stoecklein; and dean and president of the Morehouse School of Medicine Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice. The brand chose women who embody strength and resilience in male-dominated fields. Each woman stars in a short documentary showing how she has overcome adversity. They all sport the traditional red and black Brawny Man flannel, too.

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Ad Love: #LikeaGirl

I’ve already expressed my undying love for emojis. The Kim Kardashian ones will always take favor with me and I almost feel guilty mentioning them in this post. There are some folks who are taking a long, hard look at the ‘girl’ emojis and expressing they are, in fact, too girly. Enter, P&G company, Always and #LikeaGirl.

Always’ “Like a Girl” campaign, which points out in a new ad that the images of women in the standard Unicode emoji set are stereotypical. Beyond the neutral female emoji, there’s a princess, a bride, a pair of twins, a dancer in a red dress and a series of “information desk” characters. Male emoji characters, meanwhile, include Santa Claus, a policeman, a guardsman, a detective, a construction worker and an angel.

For the new “Like a Girl” spot,  girls were interviewed and asked how they feel about the current emoji choices.Emoji images are particularly important, Always says, because they are used so much by young, impressionable people.  At the end of the ad, the brand asks: “What girl emoji do you want? Tell us with #LikeAGirl.”

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Buy a Lady a Drink.

to launch an eye-catching campaign to halt one of the most onerous tasks faced by women in developing nations: the hours-long daily route of hauling water, usually by foot, over long distances.

Obtaining water is a real issue – here in the US and worldwide. The statistics don’t lie: at least 760 million people lack access to safe, secure and clean water. Women and children spend about 140 million hours a day collecting water. And while mobile technology has opened more economic doors, one disturbing fact is that more people worldwide own a cell phone than own a toilet. Stella Artois’ campaign, which enlists Water.org’s founders Matt Damon and Gary White, is a step in raising awareness about this massive problem.

The campaign started with Stella Artois donating $1.2 million to the cause. The company is raising additional funds through the sales of artistic limited-edition beer glasses. Water.org says the purchase of one glass, at $12, is enough to provide one person clean drinking water for five years. As of now the 20,000 put up for sale in the U.S. have completely sold out.

Water.org already has a strong track record of providing market-based solutions to the lack of clean water worldwide. The NGO has focused on microfinance programs that lend assistance to projects such as building private toilets to gaining access to municipal water taps. As of last fall, Water.org has invested US$10.6 million in almost 450,000 loans across nine countries. Considering the fact water scarcity is one of the biggest threats to global economic and political stability, more efforts such as this Stella Artois-Water.org partnership need to be supported.

Check out one of several videos which highlight what women and children endure in securing water for their daily needs below:

 

Ad Love: Colgate’s Every Drop Counts.

Most of us take running water for granted. Colgate wants you to stop it. Stop it now, dammit.

Recently, the brand released the full 30-second spot which will air on Superbowl Sunday, February 7. You won’t find any Colgate products in the ad. Instead, the spot discusses a larger issue—the importance of saving water.

The commercial opens on a man leaving the faucet running as he brushes his teeth. It then notes that when we leave the tap on, even if only for a short period of time, we waste up to four gallons of water each time. The spot tells viewers that four gallons of wasted water is more than some people get in one week.

The campaign uses the hashtag #EveryDropCounts, and asks viewers to use the hashtag as a way to signify their pledge to conserve water when they brush.

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Viola Davis and the Vaseline Healing Project

I don’t know about you, but one of the things which irks me most is having dry hands, lips or legs and not having anything to help the matter. There have been times when I’ve left the house, gotten to the train and looked down at my ankles and realized that I neglected to lotion them or my lips are super-dry and I reach into my purse to find that my lip-balm was left at home. The horror is so deep that I will head to the nearest CVS to purchase replacements. Not having these items for a day is uncomfortable. I can’t imagine what it must be like to live without them.

It turns out that for some, not having emollients such as Vaseline is, in fact, a matter of life or death.

In 2014, Samer Jaber and Grace Bandow, both doctors, returned from the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, where tens of thousands of displaced Syrians have settled after escaping merciless violence in their war-torn country, and wrote a joint essay about their experience. In the article,  they revealed that countless refugees they treated needed relief from severe skin problems that could be remedied by simply applying Vaseline.

Vaseline publicly launched an initiative with Direct Relief, an international medical aid organization, to get petroleum jellies and lotions to people displaced by natural disasters or humanitarian crises. Their goal is to heal the skin of 5 million people by 2020.

The brand has already donated 1 million jars of its product worldwide through Direct Relief in 2015 and sponsored dermatological missions to Kenya, the Philippines and Jordan last year. This year, the company plans to return to Jordan, as well as India, Nepal and South Africa.

As part of its Vaseline Healing Project, the company is also putting together virtual relief kits to supplement its jelly and lotion donations. Anyone can contribute to pay for pre-selected items to fill the kits with other modest medical supplies such as thermometers, emergency blankets, soap and gauze.

Vaseline also has implemented a year-long, one-for-one promotion. For every jar of Vaseline jelly or lotion sold, the company will donate two cents, up to a $1 million, to the project.

The brand has also tapped award-winning actress Viola Davis as the spokesperson for the campaign. Check it out: