Yop targets convention-breaking teens

With “For the Better,” the yogurt brand takes a stand for youth working to change the world.

General Mills drinkable yogurt brand Yop is telling the stories of the next generation in its latest national campaign.

The “For the Better” campaign, which includes a series of four co-branded videos in French and English, was created by agency Cossette and Vice Media’s Montreal office.

The two-part campaign includes an integrated brand content piece called “Game-Changers,” which shows a close relationship between 11-year-old Josiah and his father, as well as a mini-documentary series which highlights youth like Evelyn Sifton, a 23-year-old transgender cyclist and LGBTQ activist, Sarah Fournier, a 22-year-old special education teacher and boxer, and Jerimy Rivera, a 24-year-old  Montreal-based ballet dancer.

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Kraft Peanut Butter sticks with connectivity

A new campaign uses techy teddy bears to bridge “emotional distance” between loved ones.

The bears are back in Kraft Peanut Butter’s latest “Stick Together” campaign, signaling the evolution of the brand’s use of technology in its marketing strategy.

Developed by agency Rethink, the campaign shows a father sending his son away to summer camp. Despite their distance, they manage to maintain a connection through their matching, wirelessly connected Kraft teddy bears, which light up when the other being hugged.

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Honey Nut Cheerios tells a story about bees

A lot of brands have been focusing on storytelling in their marketing, but General Mills is taking that idea in a new direction for this year’s “Bring Back The Bees” campaign for Honey Nut Cheerios.

Paulette Bourgeois, a Canadian children’s author best known for creating the Franklin the Turtle book series, worked with General Mills to create Bella and Jack Bring Back The Bees. The illustrated story tells the story of two children who learn about the world’s declining bee population and the things they can do to help – the mission at the core of the “Bring Back The Bees” campaign for the last three years.

General Mills will be distributing 100,000 copies of the book for free through Indigo, Chapters and Coles bookstores.

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The Body Shop’s Grassroots Approach to Pet Activism

Want to hear more directly from The Body Shop Canada’s Jayme Jenkins? Come to the Chicag0-based Engage for Good Conference May 23-24, 2018!

The cosmetics company is leaning on pet influencers to bring an end to animal testing in Canada.

The Body Shop Canada is making grassroots activism a big part of its continued push to end animal-tested cosmetics worldwide.

Now two years into its global “Forever Against Animal Testing” CSR campaign, the company’s Canadian arm is focusing its marketing efforts on getting consumers to act on the issue. Whereas last year’s effort focused on raising awareness of animal testing in the industry, this year’s has a more tangible objective: to change the law in Canada.

On Monday, the company launched a three-week, in-store piece of the Canadian campaign aimed at enabling its customers to become activists. The effort is focused on featuring the brand’s cruelty-free products, while collecting signatures from customers and letting them know how they can get involved, such as contacting their local MP.

Next week, it will kick off the social and digital component of the campaign, featuring ten “celebrity pets” and “pet influencers” – some of them pets of celebrities – such as Elvis Pawsley (a Toronto-based corgi with some 34,000 followers on Instagram), Nacho Cilantro (television personality Jillian Harris’ boxer) and Rusty (tech personality Amber Mac’s rescue dog).

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Check it out: L’Oreal Puts Women’s Worth on Display

On International Women’s Day, the brand stopped people on the street to get their spin on its long-running tagline.

L’Oreal Canada used a long-running tagline and the biggest billboard in Canada to help women make bold statements about their self-worth on International Women’s Day last week.

L’Oreal has been using the “Because I’m Worth It” tagline since 1971, and for this execution, it let women show what “I’m Worth It” means to them, making statements on subjects from pay equity to self-esteem.

Working with agency McCann Canada, the foundation of the campaign’s creative was made by combining portraits and quotes from L’Oréal Canada employees, nominees for its Women of Worth philanthrophic program and L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science awards recipients.

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Social-Impact Branding Isn’t Going Anywhere This Year–And Neither Are The Gaffes

Here’s how companies can take an activist stance–without making a mess of it.

The year has only just begun and H&M has already inadvertently inaugurated the “biggest brand fails of 2018” list. Having released–and then quickly pulled–a product photograph depicting a young black child wearing a “Coolest Monkey in the Jungle” sweatshirt, the company was attacked for being insensitive, offensive, and, to some, racist.

I do not believe H&M meant any harm. The company made a mistake not thinking hard enough about how such a photograph could be construed. But its actions follow a pattern similar to that of various brands that misstepped while wading into social issues in 2017.

In today’s world, the lines between citizens and consumers, beliefs and brands, are blurring. Companies today are expected to align with their values in word and deed. So you get brands like Pepsi overreaching and botching its attempt to relate to the activist subset with its disastrous spotlast year featuring Kendall Jenner. You also see brands like Dove lambasted for its tone-deaf ad featuring women of color and its misguided attempt to sell its products in bottles nominally shaped like different women’s bodies, and McDonald’s criticized for exploiting a son’s grief over losing his father.

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Samsung explores the love spectrum

When Samsung Canada launched its Look at Me project three years ago, the objective was to learn about the autism community and spread the word about its tablet app designed to help children on the autism spectrum. But over the last two years, the company’s focus has shifted to raising awareness of the role technology plays in the lives of families living with autism.

This year’s campaign, “Learn the Love Spectrum,” celebrates the unique ways children on the spectrum have of showing their love. A video spot by Cheil Canada suggests that their expressions of love aren’t limited to “hugs and kisses, there’s a whole spectrum.” For Niam, it’s through artistic expression; for Kai, through dancing and playing; for Riley, through baking. Each child has his or her own way, and technology is there to help them express themselves and communicate it with loved ones.

“The evolution of the campaign has gone from a very clear focus on the launch of the app . . . to really focusing on what we’ve experienced with the families living with autism,” says Mark Childs, chief brand officer at Samsung Canada. “The work that we’ve launched this year is a culmination of that learning and that experience that fully embraces technology as a supportive tool for these children.”

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Canadians Who Are Very Interested in What Causes Companies Support Sees Significant Increase

Below is a release excerpted from Ipsos on their latest research, which was premiered at the Companies & Causes Canada conference October 11, 2017.

Causes are more important than ever to Canadians and to the companies/organizations they choose to deal with. A recent Ipsos survey found that Canadians are placing increasing emphasis and prioritization on the extent to which companies are supporting causes. Since 2016, there have been significant increases in the number of Canadians who are very interested in what causes companies support (50%, up 4 points), are loyal to brands that sponsor good causes (48%, up 4 points), and always pay attention to which causes companies support (41%, up 6 points).

“Canadians are in a bit of a funk. We are more worried than ever about our futures, and this plays out in our increasing expectations of companies. We want companies to do more than ever when it comes to taking on a leadership role in improving the world and supporting important causes,” said Jessica Avery, Vice President, Canada, Ipsos Marketing. Canadians are looking to all sectors to have strong cause-related programs, with significant increases in the expectations of having a strong program for financial institutions (56%, up 4 points) and alcohol companies (43%, up 5 points). As in previous years, Canadians think first of Canadian Tire (13%), Tim Horton’s (12%), and McDonald’s (7%) when it comes to companies that give back.

Source: Canadians Who Are Very Interested in What Causes Companies Support Sees Significant Increase

IKEA opens up the possibilities (Strategy Online)

Our homes, and our lives, are constantly evolving – and so IKEA’s Canadian brand platform is changing to keep up.

The brand has debuted its new platform and it’s all about what’s possible both inside the home and out. “Beautiful Possibilities,” created by IKEA’s recently named agency of record Rethink, is introduced largely through the eyes of a young girl – the central character in its new diversity-laden brand anthem spot.

The words to the Louis Armstrong classic “What a Wonderful World” narrate her trip home from IKEA. On her short journey, she views many a beautiful possibility in the world, each of which is in some way tied to the IKEA brand and what it stands for – namely themes related to equality and inclusiveness, but also nods to sustainability.

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How Canadian Tire Engages Employees for Good

Engaging store employees from the desk of a corporate head office can be a challenge. Whether it’s to encourage front-line staff’s participation in fundraising, recruit volunteers, or simply educate on the initiative, a campaign’s success is often determined by how it’s communicated and executed in-store. In this free webinar you’ll get strategy-to-tactic examples of how Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities engaged franchise owners and store staff to increase campaign fundraising by 65% YOY.

You will learn store staff and franchisee engagement strategies for corporate non-profit leaders, including:

  • Communication content and vehicles
  • Examples of each tactic with measured results
  • How to adapt ideas into your next campaign

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To view the video shown in this webinar with Canadian Tire’s recent announcement, click here.

 

About The Presenters

Erica Juba is an experienced Brand Manager with a history of working in the corporate non-profit space. She has spent much of her career developing marketing philanthropic strategy to enhance corporate brand image and reputation. A committed team player, tenacious innovator, and methodical problem solver – she now manages fundraising and marketing strategy for Canadian Tire Corporation’s Jumpstart Charities. With a passion for social justice and a mind for business she’s fortunate to work in a space that leverages both her passion and skills.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emily Lloyd is a passionate communicator and strategic marketer with experience working in global and national organizations. Emily’s history in communication and marketing roles has most recently been paired with corporate non-profit work; specifically developing marketing philanthropic strategy for Canadian Tire Corporation’s Jumpstart Charities. Emily was previously with McDonald’s Canada working in various roles; spanning from working directly with the President of McDonald’s Canada on national and global communication plans, to leading numerous national marketing campaigns. Her varied roles in marketing, communications, and project management with national organizations has given Emily a unique perspective into corporate brand strategy; aligning with her current work on the fundraising and marketing strategy for Canadian Tire Corporation’s Jumpstart Charities. Emily holds a business degree from the University of Western Ontario.

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