Verdict: Awake Chocolate packs a punch
The fast-growing company has moved more than $1 million in product since its August launch, despite competing in two crowded categories: chocolate and energy drinks.
The rise of retail-tainment
Retailers and entertainment companies are increasingly allowing consumers to “shop the show,” as branded content takes on a different spin.
Dove sketches real beauty
The beauty care brand creates an online spot built on the notion that women are their own worst critics.
Iögo steps into the kitchen
The Ultima Foods yogurt brand aims to drive awareness about Canada’s 2,000 collective kitchens.
More than 65 Canadian companies have become Certified B Corporations, making a legal commitment to deliver social or environmental benefits to society.
Cause + Action
2013 Cause + Action awards
Bell tops the list of brands that appealed to micro-givers with programs that call for minimal effort. Read on to hear about all the winners.
Cause + Action: Overall winner Bell takes mental health out of the shadows
The telco’s “Let’s Talk Day” campaign collected $4.8 million for mental health initiatives in less than 24 hours.
Cause + Action: Stanfield’s exposes below-the-waist cancer
The underwear company challenged one man to hitchhike across the country wearing nothing but its underwear in the dead of winter to raise awareness for testicular cancer.
Cause + Action: Coca-Cola helps WWF protect the polar bears’ home
Coca-Cola and WWF brought the fragile arctic ecosystem to Canada via a temperature-controlled and interactive display, asking Canadians to pledge their support to protect the polar bear’s habitat.
Cause + Action: Koodo incites virtual volunteerism
The telco’s “Koodonation Online Throwdown” challenge raised awareness of its micro-volunteering program.
Cause + Action: Toys “R” Us helps starlight with personal push
The toy retailer raised more than $1.5 million for the Starlight Children’s Foundation.
2013 Cause + Action: Judging panel
Meet the advertising and marketing executives who helped decide the winners of this year’s Cause + Action awards.
Next Media Stars
Next Media Stars
The best and brightest young minds at Canada’s media agencies.
Next Media Stars: Katey Beaudry crafts a new telco strategy
The communications strategist at M2 Universal was lead on “Don’t cut the conversation short” execution using Metro newspaper’s Splitter ad unit.
Next Media Stars: Rick Kusch scores new beer moments
The UM media strategy supervisor is activating the moment between when a scored goal and fans jumping out of their seat with
Next Media Stars: Amanda De Fields chalks up a digital strategy
The MediaVest digital supervisor launched an execution that gave consumers a chance to create cafe chalk art without ever leaving their digital device.
Next Media Stars: Jacquie Albrecht drives metrics forward
The Jungle Media digital specialist is pushing for more relevant measurements for her clients in Vancouver, including recent work with the BC Honda Dealers Association.
What’s the purpose of your CSR?
Marc Stoiber on finding your true CSR purpose
Earning trust: CSR is the new sink or swim factor
Coca-Cola’s Shane Grant on earning trust through smart partnerships
Back Page: Covenant House’s Hope
Young artists from Covenant House make hope colourful.
Story Planet thinks outside the galaxy
Juniper Park developed the Intergalactic Travel Authority storefront theme for the non-profit learning centre.
Brands stand up to bullies
As the issue of bullying dominates global headlines, a slew of Canadian brands and agencies are responding. But will brands be recognized as authentic supporters and not just background logos?
Adopt a cause
Strategy picked a few lesser-known causes and asked experts to build a CSR program for a brand they thought could partner up with an organization.
Missing Children starts a stamp collection
Lowe Roche and the Missing Children Network are unveiling customized stamps, available for purchase from Canada Post, featuring the faces of missing kids.
Moving the needle on C-Suite diversity
In part three of strategy’s diversity series, we examine what brands and agencies are doing to address the issue in their senior ranks.
Cause marketing to the extreme
The desire to break through the clutter has many charities aiming for a major emotional response. Strategy examines the risks and rewards of marketing messages that teeter on the fringes.