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US Anti-Smoking Effort Goes Back to School

Posted by Sheila Shayon on October 2, 2012 11:31 AM

More than 80% of adult smokers in the U.S. tried smoking by age 18, up to 90% by age 20, so the truth, the largest American youth smoking prevention campaign (and the only national campaign not directed by the tobacco industry) is launching truthlive this week, kicking off a series of five free concerts featuring musicians Cobra Starship and Outasight at East Coast and southern universities in a bid to stop the next generation of tobacco addicts.

“truth’s success stems from offering facts and information about tobacco use and tobacco industry marketing practices in channels and through media that are relevant with teens and young people – then allowing them to spread the message themselves with their peers and friend groups,” stated Cheryl G. Healton, DrPH, president and CEO of Legacy, the national public health foundation that directs and funds the truth campaign. 

Using music as a ‘passion point’ to connect with students, on-campus activities feature the iconic orange truth truck and truth tour riders, young adults armed with games, interactive activities, dancing, contests and mucho swag, educating their peers on the truth about smoking.Continue reading...

raising spirits

News (Hot) Flash: It's OK to Talk About (and Laugh at) Menopause

Posted by Sheila Shayon on September 21, 2012 05:01 PM

Menopause is a hot (flashes) topic, one that typically isn't publicly discussed let alone laughed about. Kimberly-Clark is looking to change that. In fact, it's seeking applause for menopause.

Its Poise brand is sponsoring a North American comedy tour with Sherri Shepherd (of The View and 30 Rock fame) and TV legend Cloris Leachman. The title: The Hot Flash Road Show. “I’m no stranger to talking about sensitive topics, so I jumped at the chance to partner with Poise brand," Shepherd comments.

“At 86 years young, I definitely have my share of menopause stories that I think every woman will eventually relate to,” says Leachman, a nine-time Emmy Award winning actress and star of FOX’s Raising Hope.Continue reading...

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Coca-Cola Continues to Open Happiness, From Coke Machine to Truck to Table

Posted by Sheila Shayon on September 19, 2012 06:34 PM

Coca-Cola’s "Open Happiness" global marketing campaign kicked off in January 2009, when Cee Lo Green and Janelle Monae appeared in a music video that exclusively debuted on FOX's American Idol.

A year later, the "Open Happiness" theme took a tangible, and unforgettable form — a vending machine that appeared in the common room of St. John’s University in New York. It was rigged to dispense flowers, pizza and a six-foot sub resulting in a viral swish of happiness, generating more than 1 million views in the first week and still attracting comments 2 million views later.

The campus Coke machine stunt migrated to London, and morphed into a Hug Machine at the National University of Singapore in a gestural marketing stunt where a squeeze yielded a soda. Since then the Coca-Cola Happiness machine has popped up in local activations around the world, in markets including India, Buenos Aires, IndonesiaTokyo, Istanbul for a special Valentine's Day stunt, and back to Singapore, this time promoting recycling in June.Continue reading...

fashion week

Old Navy's New York Fashion Week After-Party Puts Mere Mortals on the Runway

Posted by Mark J. Miller on September 13, 2012 02:02 PM

The fashion runway is generally seen as a place that is not in the reality of everyday Americans. Not only do they typically not ever get to see a fashion show live and in person but they certainly don’t get to strut their stuff up on the actual runway itself. That job is for models whose physical forms aren’t exactly shapes that typical Americans relate to and who have clothes specifically constructed to fit them. 

But Old Navy is trying to take back the fashion show for all the little people (and not so little). The idea is to take over a runway when Fashion Week ends this week in New York and let any woman who wants to walk the runway to do so. They’ll only get to do it, though, if they are wearing a pair of Old Navy’s Rockstar Skinny Jeans, which the company will not only provide but actually give to anybody who cares to take the stroll. Those participating in the stroll down the catwalk will also get “coaching on how to work it,” according to the release. Old Navy will be posting info to Facebook and Twitter, of course. 

And if you don’t live in the New York City area and aren’t interested in buying a ticket to get there for Friday’s show, worry not.Continue reading...

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UNIQLO Preps San Francisco and New Jersey with Maru, Games, the People

Posted by Sheila Shayon on September 13, 2012 10:01 AM

“UNIQLO Lucky Cube with Maru” (you know — Maru, Japan's Garfield turned YouTube and web sensation) is one of the ways UNIQLO USA is celebrating the fall openings of new stores in San Francisco and New Jersey.

The brand’s first West Coast flagship store, 111 Powell Street in San Francisco's Union Square, opens on October 5th. “San Francisco has always been a place of creativity, diversity, and social innovation,” stated UNIQLO USA’s COO Yasunobu Kyogoku. “In this same spirit, UNIQLO takes pride in developing innovative technology to create high-quality casual basics that are not only functional, but also affordable.”

Fans in the Bay Area can win blimp rides, merchandise and other prizes by playing with the You Tube Japanese cat sensation and the game is available now through October 14th on UNIQLO’s website, and via Facebook and Twitter.Continue reading...

political season

7-Eleven's 7-Election Obama/Romney Coffee Poll is Surprisingly Accurate

Posted by Abe Sauer on September 10, 2012 11:58 AM

If you need any more proof that politics is basically just pro sports for really out of shape people, look no further than the "7-Election."

Yes, 7-Eleven has once again brought back its election year themed promotion that allows Americans to vote in their favorite way, with their mouths. Specifically, by putting things into it. But this isn't your daddy's "7-Election." This year, there's so much more 7-Election that it should be called 10,000-Election.Continue reading...

London 2012

Coca-Cola Caps London 2012 Olympics Sponsorship With Massive Giveaway

Posted by Shirley Brady on September 3, 2012 12:03 PM

Coca-Cola is capping its London 2012 Olympics sponsorship with its biggest giveaway ever in the U.K., where it's also sponsoring the 2012 Paralympic Games.

The soft drink giant is running a one-day promotion, Monday Sept. 3rd only, giving away 500ml bottles of Coca-Cola, Coke Zero or Diet Coke at Boots and Superdrug stores to those who register first online. It's being promoted with a 100-foot tall vending machine in London's Brick Lane, as you can see in the TV spot which features "Anywhere in the World," the brand's original London 2012 song created by producer Mark Ronson.

As part of its top-tier Olympics sponsorship, Coca-Cola underwrote the London Olympics torch relay and launched "Move to the Beat," a music-based global marketing platform, in addition to installing a giant interactive Beatbox pavilion at the London Olympics site.

fashion therapy

Vogue Promotes Global Fashion's Night Out Events

Posted by Shirley Brady on August 10, 2012 11:03 AM

Vogue is promoting the fact that Fashion's Night Out is not just a New York event with a promo highlighting what's happening in London on FNO's Sept. 6th return. Milan will also be celebrating its fourth FNO — details below.Continue reading...

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