Birds Campaign from Publicis Dallas Takes Flight to Battle Histoplasmosis

First-Ever Advertising Campaign to Increase Awareness of One of America’s Least Known and Most Misdiagnosed Diseases

DALLAS, TX (May 29, 2013) – Publicis Dallas today launches ‘Birds’ the first-ever advertising campaign to increase awareness of Histoplasmosis, a disease where bird droppings lead to a fungal infection that gets into the lungs, bloodstream and eyes. The obscure disease is one of America’s least known and most misdiagnosed. At the centerpiece of the awareness campaign is an arresting series of print ads, coupled with the first-ever website (www.histodisease.org), completely devoted to Histoplasmosis detection, treatment and support. Here are the print ads:

Histoplasmosis Print Campaign Hi Res-1

Histoplasmosis Print Campaign Hi Res-2

Histoplasmosis Print Campaign Hi Res-3

leader_shon“A few years back, this disease nearly killed, Julia Melle, one of our most talented creative directors, “ said Shon Rathbone, Executive Creative Director, Publicis Dallas. “Her passion for raising awareness of Histoplasmosis inspired the entire team to build a campaign that was both creatively arresting, and truly worthy of the cause.”

Histoplasmosis affects thousands and kills over 800 people a year, yet awareness among the general public and most physicians is very low.

0364aae“There are very few moments in this business where you feel like you can put your talents to use for the good of others,” said Julia Melle, Group Creative Director, Publicis Dallas. “This is a moment, where my experience with this terrible disease that took half my right lung can be leveraged to educate patients and doctors everywhere.”

Creative Overview: The Publicis Dallas creative team realized the morphology of organs affected by Histoplasmosis resembles the place birds most love to congregate – tree branches.

This led to a campaign approach that tells a very complex story with very few words. The overall mood of the advertising, with its hauntingly beautiful India ink and watercolor illustrations, is appropriately chilling for a disease this dangerous. The three print ads each feature a different organ-tree, (lungs, heart and eye), with the simple headline: Birds Infest More Than Trees. At the bottom of the ad is the organ-appropriate version of the copyline: Bird droppings can lead to a fungal infection that gets in the lungs and kills more than 800 people a year. Now you
know more than most doctors.

Survivors of Histoplasmosis have formed a strong and active social media community, found on Facebook, and Twitter, among others. The campaign will use those organic social-driven
channels to pass along the message beyond traditional paid media, and turn survivors into evangelists.

Creative Credits
Client:   Histo.org
Creative Credits: Birds
Agency: Publicis Dallas
Agency Location: Dallas, TX
Executive Creative Director: Shon Rathbone
Group Creative Directors: Julia Melle/Eric Moncaleano
Copywriter: Julia Melle
Art Directors: Eric Moncaleano/Julius Prilianto
Producer:  Holli Burlison
Web Developer: Jeff Stachowski
Account Director: Allison Cox
Media
Planner:  Rita Shroff
Illustrator: Narda Lebo

About Publicis Dallas
Publicis Dallas, an integrated marketing communications agency, is a part of Publicis Worldwide in the USA, the North American regional operating unit of Paris-based Publicis Worldwide, the largest global agency network within holding company, Publicis Groupe S.A. The Publicis Worldwide mission is ‘To Lead The Change’ to help our clients leap ahead. Publicis Dallas clients include: CiCi’s Pizza; Nestlé brands Nestlé Pure Life, Nestea, and Juicy Juice; Simon Property Group; and ServiceMaster brands TruGreen and Terminix; among others.

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