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Livestrong Celebrates 15th Anniversary with Nike Limited Edition Collection

Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 3, 2012 02:47 PM

Lance Armstrong came back from his deathbed to win one of the most grueling races in sports, the Tour de France, seven straight times. Along the way, he inspired a kazillion folks with his autobiography, It’s Not About the Bike, and by founding one of the biggest cancer-research foundations around, the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

While Armstrong supposedly took performance-enhancing drugs during the time of those races and has seen his personal brand take a huge hit, with results from that time period now wiped from his record and his sports legacy in tatters, but many fans don’t seem to care: Lance Armstrong is Lance Armstrong, one of the world’s most incredible athletes with one of the most incredible recovery tales.

So, after a rough year of dealing with those drug allegations and watching his record get wiped clean, the 41-year-old got to celebrate on Oct. 2nd. A highlight of the Foundation’s 15th anniversary (that’s the crystal anniversary for you married folks out there) is the release of a limited edition line of Livestrong apparel by Nike for the holidays. The all-yellow (of course) gear reflects Nike's continued support of the philanthropic organization that Armstrong launched in 1997.Continue reading...

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Girl Scouts USA Refreshes Iconic Cookie Box

Posted by Sheila Shayon on October 1, 2012 12:04 PM

While the Boy Scouts brand has been rocked by the organization's mishandling of pedophilia charges, the century-old Girl Scouts have gone from strength to strength in their centennial year. The latest change: the iconic Girl Scout Cookies are getting a redesign for the first time since 1999, honoring the significance and continued growth of the $790-million girl-led business. 

The iconic packaging highlights five financial, literacy and entrepreneurship skills that the Girl Scout Cookie Program teaches: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics and the redesign matches the embodiment of Girl Scouting in 2012, part of the brand’s 100th anniversary celebrated in March. 

“We have more than 50 million cookie customers across the country, and the cookie box is the most tangible and powerful way for us to communicate directly with consumers,” stated Girl Scouts USA CEO Anna Maria Cháve about the new cookie box packaging, which features "stories of what Girl Scouts do today."Continue reading...

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Caribou Coffee Remembers 'Friend and Roastmaster' with Charitable Campaign

Posted by Sheila Shayon on September 28, 2012 10:01 AM

America's National Coffee Day is this Saturday, September 29, and Caribou Coffee is joining the march of philanthropic campaigns using Facebook to launch initiatives and gather momentum in a new partnership with CancerCare, a national nonprofit that provides free support services for anyone affected by cancer diagnosis. Customers can stop in for a free small cup of Amy's Blend coffee on Saturday, and learn about the woman who inspired this annual philanthropic campaign.

The brand was inspired by Amy Erickson, the company’s original roastmaster, who lost her battle with breast cancer in 1995 and inspired the Amy’s Blend program, which originally partnered with Susan G. Komen for the Cure and is now sharing the love with CancerCare. But as you can see from the packaging, it's not just about Amy's story — it's Gretchen's, Caryn's, Gigi's, Cindy's, Lisa's and so on.

So for the 17th consecutive year, Caribou (tagline: "Life is short. Stay awake for it.") will donate 10% percent of all proceeds from Amy’s Blend collection sales between Sept. 29th and Nov. 7th to CancerCare and for every new “Like” the brand will give an additional $1 to the organization.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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Sesame Street Teams With UN to Save Women and Kids

Posted by Shirley Brady on September 26, 2012 10:36 AM

With the United Nations back in session, the flood of philanthropic partnership announcements includes Sesame Street's tie-in with the UN Foundation's Every Woman Every Child public affairs initiative, which held a VIP dinner in New York last night:

"Sesame Workshop is proud to announce its partnership with the United Nations in support of the Every Woman Every Child movement; raising awareness, providing motivation and presenting health-related solutions to women and children around the world. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is joined by Kami from Takalani Sesame in South Africa for this heart-warming public service announcement."

Launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during the United Nations Millennium Development Goals Summit in September 2010, Every Woman Every Child aims to save the lives of 16 million women and children by 2015.

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The Rolling Stones Use Gorilla Marketing, Miss Opportunity to Make Real Impact

Posted by Mark J. Miller on September 25, 2012 11:11 AM

You've heard of guerrilla marketing — how about gorilla marketing? The Rolling Stones have a greatest hits album that's being released on Nov. 12 called GRRR!, featuring a gorilla on the cover with the band's iconic "big lips logo" superimposed on its face. So don’t be alarmed when you see large images of the cheeky gorilla popping up around the world to promote the album.

The gorillas are taking over 50 cities and 3,000+ locations around the globe, being tagged on such landmarks as Sydney's Opera House, New York’s Empire State Building and London’s Elizabeth Tower (that’s Big Ben to all of you who missed the renaming for Her Majesty). They can be seen in 3D augmented reality via mobile devices that have downloaded UView's app, so fans can "watch the stunning GRRR! artwork fully realized in 3D animation right before their eyes .... some exciting content and have the chance to enter an exclusive competition plus pre-order a copy of GRRR!"

As part of the marketing stunt that's billed as the "biggest global Augmented Reality music campaign" to date, the Stones are encouraging fans to take pics of the gorillas and tweet them with the #GRRR! hashtag to the Stones’ Twitter feed, @RollingStones. The photos will also show up on an interactive wall on the Rolling Stones website.

That #GRRR hashtag is more commonly used on Twitter, by the way, to express frustration — which is what real gorilla lovers are feeling.Continue reading...

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Clinton Global Initiative Shines Spotlight on Designing for Impact

Posted by Sheila Shayon on September 24, 2012 04:17 PM

"Designing for impact” is the theme of this year’s Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) meeting, the annual philanthropic TED-like session now underway in New York.

Former President Bill Clinton framed the discussion in his opening remarks on Sunday, as noted in TIME: “Today we want to talk about how you can design your actions in advance to make it more likely they will succeed.”

He went on to challenge Walmart to open a store in Libya creating jobs in the world's hot spot for trouble and woes. "If the new president of Libya asked you to open a store in Tripoli, would you consider it?" Clinton asked Walmart CEO Mike Duke, part of the opening panel that included U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Queen Rania of Jordan and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim. Duke's dry-witted response: his "small company from Arkansas" has operations in regions of sub-Saharan Africa, but no presence or plans for Tripoli.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced, "I'm going to sound an alarm to all the leaders. We are living in an era of insecurity, injustice, inequality and intolerance, and what should we do?" as he called on business leaders like Walmart to act "for humanity" and not just for profit.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...

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