An Advertising Age article on the campaign is here:
A few blog comments on YouTube suggest this is nothing new and want more about what can be done about it?
I disagree and would say that this type of real perspective on how women see themselves IS new and the fact that Dove is yet again getting the idea out there for us to ponder is a step toward doing something about the problem.
Enjoy and interested to hear your thoughts, Dr. La Ferle.
In 2007, World Wide Fund (WWF) began an culturally smart advertising campaign to educate the Chinese populace about the wildlife & ecoregion conservation. WWF hired Dentsu China, who in turn charged art director Yan’gang Wang & copy writer Lili Su, with the complex task of communicating the need to employ more sustainable and ecologically friendly approaches to China’s activities as an emerging yet powerful global economic and cultural player. The message is simple and encourages individuals to be conscious of the consequences of their personal consumption and development through incorporating cultural symbols and trends.
The Dentsu team composed three provocative print ads linking man-made violence to wildlife through incorporating tattoos (which is a symbol of a person’s commitment to their beliefs in China). After a basic analysis it is easy to see that this campaign is communicating on many different levels for many different audiences.
|Surface Level||Tiger Tattoo; Male Left Pectoral; Slash wound; blood||Eagle Tattoo; Male (?) back, right shoulder blade; gunshot wound; blood||Shark Tattoo, Male (?) abdomen; stab wound; blood|
|Intended Meaning||Violence against wildlife is violence against human life;||Violence against wildlife is violence against human life||Violence against wildlife is violence against human life|
|Cultural Meaning||Power (or ability to accomplish progress) is in danger of unchecked manmade violence.||Freedom & happiness is in danger of unchecked manmade violence.||Sexual potency and vitality is in danger of unchecked human manmade violence.|
After viewing a video from China Daily, in which the recent growth in positive Chinese attitudes regarding tattoos is discussed and attributed to the import of Western values, it may concluded that this campaign specifically targets Chinese male youth. Not only are these youth more accepting of tattoos, but as males entering a predominately male (and still socially conservative) economy they will encounter industry practices that may be harmful to the environment. Through linking the modern Chinese consumer’s interest in self-expression/conviction with interest in the environment, this campaign evokes the traditional Chinese value of the concern for the community over the concern for the self by including wildlife as part of the community. Well Done!
The Coca-Cola Security Camera commercial aired in June of 2012 as part of the international campaign Open Happiness. The commercial uses footage from security cameras around the globe to show genuine acts of human love, bravery, and goodness that although usually go unnoticed, exist and happen every day.
The ad concludes with Coca-Cola challenging the audience to look at the world a little differently. This heartwarming commercial illustrates that advertising can have a significant impact on both individuals and society at large in a positive way.
Advertisements have the power to direct consumer attention. The positive message of the Coca-Cola commercial reminds us that deeds of generosity and human benevolence are ubiquitous if we can simply remember to look for them.
Advertising is more than a profitable industry; it is an institution rooted in the classical liberalism values that shaped the current market economy. Because the influence of ads spread into the economy, cultural values, and social ideas, the range of stakeholders is incredibly vast and the entire industry suffers when one brand abuses this power through advertising irresponsibly
The theory of Agenda Setting posits the view that the media does not persuade consumers how to feel or think, but rather provides them with information to think about. From this perspective, the Coca-Cola campaign has a powerful affect on changing an individual’s attitude and additionally promotes the potential for positive social change.
This advertisement is socially responsible, ethical, and promotes a positive brand image for Coca Cola without encouraging a consumption lifestyle.
With the “Gifts That Do: What Will Your Gift Do?” Campaign, Best Buy proves that ads do not need to be cause related to promote positive change.
In a series of 30 second spots, Best Buy demonstrates how family members can inspire and motivate loved ones to pursue dreams, business and even love through the gift of technology.
The campaign integrated true representations of traditional families of all genders, races and generations to exemplify that anyone has the ability to change lives with the gift of technology.
Best Buy also built a relationship with viewers by stating, “Let us show you how the right gift can make all the difference”, implying a hands-on and personalized in-store experience. They want to help you make a difference in someone’s life. They want to make your purchase matter.
This campaign is an example to the industry that although we, as an industry, are selling products & services, we can make those products & services create a real difference. By simply encouraging consumers of all races, genders and ages to make a difference, the industry itself can make a difference. This socially responsible theme can be seen across all of Best Buy’s campaigns this year.
Capitalism has now become a cycle of consuming for consuming sake. By means of Cultivation Theory, if all campaigns found a way to create a sense of “making a difference” in some form (cause related or not), then perhaps the idea of consuming could be altered into consuming in the best interests of the whole.
By using an emotional appeal, Best Buy brought a sense of warmth, belonging, and inspiration to their campaign. They created aspirational characters that used technology to generate positive results. They cultivated a relationship with viewers by addressing that they want to help you make a difference in someone’s life. Best Buy is changing their industry and influencing ours by nurturing the idea of “making a difference”.
Actor Ty Burrell is featured in an advertisement for MasterCard this holiday season. Attired in traditional caroling regalia, he sings to inform a woman that her sweater purchase helped make a difference.
MasterCard is supporting the charity Stand Up To Cancer with their “Click and Be Generous” campaign. They donate 1¢ for each online MasterCard purchase over $10 from November 12th through December 31st, with a max of $2 million in contributions.
Stand Up To Cancer’s philosophy is to use their funds to promote collaboration between cancer researchers working at different institutions. Burrell’s authenticity and enthusiasm for the project shines in another clip promoting Stand Up To Cancer where he explains that he lost his father to cancer and how hopeful he is about the research that has been made possible by Stand Up To Cancer.
The method that MasterCard chose for their philanthropy is a victory for both organizations. It helps raise Stand Up To Cancer’s profile while providing MasterCard recognition for its charitable endeavor.
The thirty-second spot does not tout a list of reasons why MasterCard is a superior credit card; rather, it utilizes emotional appeal to encourage people to use their MasterCard.
During this time of continuing economic challenges, MasterCard expects that the fight against cancer will encourage people to preferentially utilize the card when making a transaction during the holiday season.
In addition, the ad facilitates making a connection in consumers’ minds that the use of a MasterCard allows them to partner with a positive force in the world with the ease of purchasing an item online.
Donating 1¢ per transaction sounds small at first; MasterCard counts on the number of transactions made by MasterCard users to create a huge difference. This campaign shows that a for-profit corporation can use its business model to promote the well being of the community in which it resides.
With many recent commercials being based on slap-stick humor, sex, or mere celebrity endorsement, it’s refreshing to find a company that has opted for something the ad industry is in desperate need of; simple, emotive and smart advertising. Volkswagen is no stranger to great advertising, always pushing the envelope by creating memorable and thought-provoking ads that break the stereotype of what we have come to expect from car ads. This TV spot aptly named “Mileage” does just that by not focusing on the car at all (In fact the cars are never even showed), only showing the logo at the end of the spot and most importantly straying from the typical commercial casting.
This ad showcases people of all genders, races, and even ages laughing to their hearts content as the ad compiles shots of them merrily living life. The ad does something ads usually don’t do; it is a true and honest representation of society. It does not use many typical formulas we have come to expect, like displaying only Caucasians in their twenties, using only “attractive people”, or showing each demographic doing something we think of as stereotypical. It provides a healthy and true view of the world that is often overlooked in the media.
Volkswagen has set the bar high with feel-good ads like this one, making a positive mold of society that other advertisers should follow. Everyone in this world is different, we all come from different backgrounds and have lived through very different experiences. None of us are perfect; none of us are constantly striving to look like the models we see on TV, none of will remain young forever. However, there is one thing everyone in the world and in this ad have in common, we are all citizens of the world and while we must celebrate our uniqueness and differences, things like laughter are universal truths we can all identify with.
Kudos Volkswagen for being a responsible role model and using the canvas of advertising to paint an optimistic representation of society.
December will be knocking at our door soon, offering us (omnipresent) seasonal lattes, promotional giveaways, finicky garland, jingle bells, buy-one-get-one deals, purchase incentives – the list goes on. Subaru is participating in all of the holiday hoopla again this year, but they have re-launched their successful cause-related campaign. This holiday season they continue the “Share the Love” campaign, which seems to have become an annual Subaru holiday tradition.
From now until January 3rd, 2013, owners of any newly leased or purchased vehicle get to choose the nonprofit that will receive Subaru’s donation of $250. The charities include: USO, Meals on Wheels Association of America, Make-A-Wish, the ASPCA, and Alzheimer’s Association. Since the campaign debuted four years ago, the automaker has donated $20 million to multiple causes. Subaru knows their owners value a deal on a new or leased vehicle, but this car company has realized giving is far more meaningful than receiving.
Subaru exemplifies the expectations of social responsibility with their “Share the Love” campaign. Their marketing strategy illustrates the ideal, triune relationship between the consumer, the selected cause, and the company. The balance of these three entities is the crux of effective cause marketing and advertising – producing empathy, relevance, and identification. This carmaker has given their shareholders an opportunity to choose a charity most meaningful to them, and they’ve done it with such clarity and commitment to social change. It’s safe to say Subaru is dedicated to sharing the love for years to come.
Sheehan, Kim. “Really Good Goods.” Controversies in Contemporary Advertising. California: Sage Publications, Inc., 2004. Print.
5-Hour energy has released a new flavor of their popular energy drink in conjunction with the Avon Foundation for Women, which supports breast cancer. The flavor is Pink Lemonade is packaged in a special pink bottle so as to differentiate it from the standard flavors and to inform consumers about the donation 5-Hour Energy will make to Avon on their behalf. Fighting breast cancer is, for the most part, a universally supported cause, but 5-Hour Energy’s choice of foundation has been the subject of commentary. By choosing the Avon Foundation for Women instead of another foundation, such as Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 5-Hour Energy purposely chose a foundation that does not support Planned Parenthood.
Breast Cancer is a widely supported cause by both men and women, but tends to receive more support from women overall, due to the fact that they are more likely to be afflicted with the disease. Pairing a product with a cause is a fairly common occurrence, what makes this pairing so interesting is that the company that is paired with the cause purposely chose a foundation that supports a specific side of a polarizing debate. Through this choice 5-Hour Energy has decided to market to a primarily women driven cause, but at the same time chose a partner foundation that would possibly deter support from certain members of its target demographic by openly supporting a certain side of a controversial issue.
When 5-Hour made the decision to partner with Avon, they knew that they may lose a portion of sales due to the association with their stance on Planned Parenthood. At the same time I am sure that there are people, like myself, who believe in helping breast cancer, regardless of the supporting foundation’s beliefs on certain peripheral issues, especially if it is a product that would be purchased anyway. Either way, whether or not you support the stance of 5-Hour Energy on the issue itself, it is refreshing to see a company following their morals even though it may possibly infringe on sales.