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Matt Damon Goes on Strike - a Toilet Strike - for World Water Day

Posted by Sheila Shayon on February 14, 2013 11:02 AM

Matt Damon, looking for a way to “persuade people to give a shit about toilets,” staged a press conference in anticipation of World Water Day, March 22. The actor's latest move pushes the continuing efforts of his non-profit, water.org, which educates people about the lack of basic sanitation and clean water for 2.5 billion people around the world.

At the faux press conference, Damon announced that “in protest of this global tragedy … until everyone has access to clean water, I will not go to the bathroom,” and he’s asking everyone to join him at Strikewithme.org.

The aim of the tongue-in-cheek campaign is serious: to move people to click on a link enabling water.org to "occasionally" use their social media accounts such as Twitter and Facebook for six week (because physically relieving yourself is comparable to the mental relief felt after posting a status update?) 

Damon—who might consider refreshing the campaign for World Toilet Day—added that “Six billion people have cell phones, but only 4.5 billion have access to improved sanitation.”

"Welcome to the petri-dish," said Mike McCamon, water.org's chief community officer. "The idea is you sign in and give permission to us for a finite period." Content will be generic yet personal, "so it looks like you posted it."Continue reading...

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Tostitos Rallies Football Fans, Celebs to Welcome Home US Troops

Posted by Dale Buss on December 14, 2012 05:01 PM

If ever a non-alcohol brand has been associated with partying, it's Tostitos. The brand always promotes itself heavily for Super Bowl consumption and sponsors its own college-football bowl game, the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, every year, including a campaign last year.

The Frito-Lay-owned sibling brand of Doritos also has associated itself with "homecomings" for U.S. military members over the last few years.

So now Tostitos, as you can follow along on its Facebook page, has joined those interests into a huge new promotion that combined partying and homecoming. It sponsored a football-field "surprise party" for selectd U.S. military veterans who only thought they had shown up to play a flag-football game for charity.

Instead, the 28 unsuspecting service men and women were greeted at the Cerritos College stadium near Los Angeles by more than 12,000 "fans", legendary college coaches Urban Meyer and Bobby Bowden, NFL veterans Kurt Warner and Marcus Allen, actors Owen Wilson and Eric Stonestreet, and chart-topping band Gym Class Heroes. And they all had their roles in the game.Continue reading...

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Donald Trump Defends His Brand (and Tweets)

Posted by Dale Buss on December 3, 2012 02:02 PM

Although few would argue he doesn't have it coming to him, Donald Trump may be suffering from a bit of piling on these days.

Evidence? Well, there were reports in the New York Daily News (denied by The Donald) about intrafamily squabbles based on his children's embarrassment at some of his antics. In Canada, his Trump International Hotel and Tower is being increasingly surrounded by controversy.

But the biggest target on Trump is being painted these days by department-store shoppers, mostly women. Presumably largely because of Trump's licensing arrangement with Macy's, the retailer's approval rating with women over 18 has plunged dramatically in recent weeks in the YouGov Brand Index — now even falling below that of troubled rival JCPenney, whose problems seem to be operational rather than reputational.

Trump, eager to move on, went on Fox News Monday morning in a bid to clear his name, as he recounted on his Twitter feed today.Continue reading...

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Progressive Auctions Flo's Red Carpet Dress for a Good Cause

Posted by Sheila Shayon on September 26, 2012 04:32 PM

Progressive is auctioning off the white gown worn on the red carpet in the brand's magazine advertising by Flo (aka comedian Stephanie Courtney) for charity. The custom-made dress, featuring 1,000 hand-placed crystals by designer Candice Held, is being auctioned on eBay to raise money for Dress for Success through October 4.

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Smokey Robinson Rallies Celebs for Social Cause Marketing

Posted by Sheila Shayon on June 22, 2012 02:02 PM

Motown icon Smokey Robinson, social media savvy celeb activist? That's right, the iconic crooner known for hits such as I Heard it Through the Grapevine this week launched Smoke Alarm, described as a “a social media-based emergency broadcast system for causes.” 

Robinson is asking people to “Donate your social media feeds and help sound the alarm when projects need attention.” In partnership with ad agency Crispin Porter & Bogusky and David Clark, the idea is to create "Cause Swarm" as people contribute to specific causes activated by hitting "send" on a "Smoke Alarm" from his Robinson’s already active Twitter account, @Smokey_Robinson.

"I want to promote the basic idea that all people should have equal access to simple things like food, water and medicine. My inspiration comes from icons of equality I have known over the years, like Jackie Robinson, Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr.,” said Robinson. "In this digital age, we have the tools to level the playing field for those in need, so I'm calling on my friends and fans to lend their voices to mine, so we can collectively make a difference."Continue reading...

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Lady Gaga Launches Born This Way Foundation at Harvard

Posted by Shirley Brady on February 29, 2012 03:46 PM

As announced last month, Lady Gaga and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, today launched the Born This Way Foundation, "a movement to celebrate individuality and empower young people," in a kick-off event at Harvard University. The event was streamed live with guests including Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra.

While more programs and partnerships are yet to be announced, one piece revealed was on-campus for the announcement: the "Born to be Brave" bus (at top) which will take the foundation's message across the U.S., including serving as a tailgating-like focal point for fans at Gaga's shows and "to serve as a place where youth can go to feel connected and learn about civic engagement opportunities."Continue reading...

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Cause Up: Lady Gaga Launches Foundation to Boost Gay Youths

Posted by Sheila Shayon on January 26, 2012 01:01 PM

Pop phenom Lady Gaga is going to Harvard — not to go back to school, but to launch the Born This Way Foundation, her first foray into setting up a non-profit as a charitable endeavor to channel her well-publicized support of gay rights, teens and ongoing fight against homophobia.

Gaga established the youth anti-bullying charity with her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, who commented: "My daughter's foundation was born out of her passion to create a better world where people are kinder and nicer to one another and are accepted for who they are, regardless of how different they may be."

"She has experienced many of the struggles that our youth encounter today, and identifies with the lasting effects they can have without proper support," her mother added. "Together, we look forward to creating a new movement that will engage and empower youth and accept them as valuable members of our society."

Her non-profit foundation focuses on “youth empowerment and issues like self-confidence, well-being, anti-bullying, mentoring and career development,” and will be unveiled on February 29th at Harvard’s Sanders Theatre, to an audience of policy makers, nonprofits, foundation leaders and youth, all committed to “a kinder and braver world,” according to a press release.Continue reading...

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Jessica Alba Leverages Celeb Mom Brand to Launch Eco-Kid Business

Posted by Sheila Shayon on January 19, 2012 02:11 PM

One more young celebrity is leveraging her Hollywood powers and launching a business around her personal brand. The Honest Company, which gets a leg up in the URL naming game with the URL Honest.com, offers “eco-friendly family essentials” through a monthly subscription service.

Selling safe, sustainable products being more convenient, beautiful and affordable, Golden Globe nominee Jessica Alba, ("Fantastic Four," "Little Fockers," and TV series "Dark Angel," "The Office," and "Entourage") named the company after her 4-year-old daughter Honor.

"Being a mom is the most profound experience I've ever had," says Alba, now mother of newborn Haven as well. "When I became a mom, I finally became the person I am, that I always should have been. It's the most satisfying job in the world. But, it can also be overwhelming and confusing. I created The Honest Company to help moms and to give all children a better, safer start."Continue reading...

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