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Sleepy’s Hires Publicis Kaplan Thaler as Company’s First AOR

Publicis Kaplan Thaler Celebrates with a Nap

HICKSVILLE, NY (June 11, 2013) –  Companies that still handle all of their own advertising and media are a rare breed in today’s business world. Most elect to hire a specialized advertising agency to handle those matters. However, since 1931 Sleepy’s had done all of their work in-house, until their recent strategic expansion plan was set in motion. Sleepy’s would now need a lead creative agency.

sleeping womanIn an exhaustive review Sleepy’s considered a slew of major agencies eager for a shot to work with the brand. After evaluating many options, including New York powers Havas Worldwide and Gotham, the retail giant selected Publicis Kaplan Thaler , citing their “great consumer insights, strong strategic clarity, integrated creative, chemistry and retail experience,” as the driving force behind their choice. Sleepy’s has an annual media spend of roughly 75 million dollars, and creative work will begin shortly on television, print, radio, digital and out-of-home.

MattressesEnthusiasm is rampant according to chairman Linda Kaplan Thaler, “We are inspired to help facilitate the ‘new’ Sleepy’s with its unprecedented growth and new market expansion plans. Publicis Kaplan Thaler is delighted to partner with Sleepy’s to take this exciting and powerful brand to new heights.”

About Sleepy’s
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Sleepy’s is a privately-owned fourth-generation company with over 900 showrooms in fifteen states, spanning from Maine to North Carolina and available nationally through www.sleepys.com.  Sleepy’s has 7 state-of-the-art distribution centers located throughout the country and delivers over 3,000 mattresses every day. Throughout Sleepy’s 55-year history, the company has remained committed to making lives better through better sleep with its extensive selection of America’s top brands, including Sealy Posturepedic, Simmons Beautyrest, Stearns & Foster and more. Their innovative sleep products include the latest in cooling gel, latex and memory foam mattresses, like the world-famous Tempur-Pedic. Sleepy’s fast delivery service ensures you won’t have to wait to get a better night’s sleep, and their knowledgeable Mattress Professionals® will guide you to your perfect mattress. Sleepy’s truly believes that everything is possible with a great night’s sleep.®

About Publicis Kaplan Thaler
kaplanPublicis Kaplan Thaler is a fully integrated advertising agency with digital, social and technology at its core. With over 650 employees, it is the flagship of Publicis Worldwide in the USA, the North American operating unit of Publicis Worldwide, the largest global agency network within Publicis Groupe. The Agency’s blue-chip client roster includes: Procter & Gamble, CITI, Nestlé, Merck, Pfizer, TriHonda, Wendy’s, L’Oréal, AFLAC, and NAPA Auto Parts, among others. To learn more about Publicis Kaplan Thaler, follow @PKTtweets, like on Facebook or visit pkt.com.

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Publicis Kaplan Thaler Wins Big At Radio Mercury Awards — zzzQuil Sleep Line Wakes Judges

NEW YORK CITY, NY (June 5, 2013) – Publicis Kaplan Thaler received the prestigious Radio Mercury Prize for the zzzQuil “Sleep Line” radio campaign at the 22nd annual awards at New York City’s Highline Ballroom. Years ago, many media experts predicted the death of radio broadcasting. They claimed the MP3 and CD player would far surpass talk radio and top-40 stations in a matter of years. They were wrong.

Radio Mercury AwardToday, radio is still one of the most expensive mediums to advertise on in some major urban markets.  Droves of commuting listeners are still glued to their car radios during rush hour and several radio-only award shows still recognize the best in audio advertising.

The Radio Mercury Awards were established in 1992 to recognize and reward the radio commercials and PSA’s that embody the essence of what radio does best – connect with listeners.  Today, the Radio Mercury Awards is the premiere creative competition for radio.

RadioMercuryAwardPublicis Kaplan Thaler flexed some muscle at this year’s show. Three campaigns, including Vick’s zzzQuil “Sleep Line,” Scope mouthwash “Good Breath is a Good Move” and the non-profit Boostup.org “Pomp and Circumstance,” all made the final cut. zzzQuil’s “Sleep Line” took home an award for its highly entertaining call-in service, which provided curious customers with a variety of boring content to put them to sleep. The awards were enthusiastically accepted by Liz Rosenthal and Lauren Schneidmuller.

Congratulations to all of the PKT teams who worked diligently on these innovative campaigns, but as is normally the case in advertising: on to the next one.

A list of all Radio Mercury Award finalists can be found here and winners can be found here.

About Publicis Kaplan Thaler
kaplanPublicis Kaplan Thaler is a fully integrated advertising agency with digital, social and technology at its core. With over 650 employees, it is the flagship of Publicis Worldwide in the USA, the North American operating unit of Publicis Worldwide, the largest global agency network within Publicis Groupe. The Agency’s blue-chip client roster includes: Procter & Gamble, CITI, Nestlé, Merck, Pfizer, TriHonda, Wendy’s, L’Oréal, AFLAC, and NAPA Auto Parts, among others. To learn more about Publicis Kaplan Thaler, follow @PKTtweets, like on Facebook or visit pkt.com.

About the Radio Mercury Awards
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The Radio Mercury Awards, the only competition exclusively devoted to radio, was established in 1992 to encourage and reward the development of effective and creative radio commercials. The annual Radio Mercury Awards competition draws entries from advertising agencies, production houses, radio stations, and educational institutions across the country. Approximately 17,500 commercials have competed for over $3 million in prizes. The Radio Creative Fund (RCF), a non-profit corporation funded by the radio industry, governs the Radio Mercury Awards. The Radio Advertising Bureau produces the Radio Mercury Awards.

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Publicia Kaplan Thaler & Citi Wins 17 FCS Portfolio Awards

NEW YORK CITY, NY (May 16, 2013) –  Publicis Kaplan Thaler’s work in the financial sector for Citibank has drawn some high praise this year from multiple award organizations. For the second year in-a-row, Citi took home the most trophies with 17 wins (5 of them gold) in multiple categories at the 2013 Financial Communications Society’s annual Portfolio Awards.

FCSThe 19th Annual FCS Awards honor excellence in all financial advertising, media and public relations. This year’s competition included nearly 400 entries. PKT’s work on Citi Olympics, Citi Private Pass and Citi Pond were among the most successful campaigns honored earning five gold, five silver and seven bronze.

PKT won many awards for the digital work in addition to their traditional media work. “Financial marketers have long been at the forefront of embracing and utilizing emerging technologies to connect with their audience,” said Kevin Windorf, FCS president and co-chair of this year’s Portfolio Awards. “Watching how our award winners have incorporated digital efforts into their work over the past several years has been exciting and this year’s winners exemplify the creativity that the best financial communications professionals can bring to this industry.”

Here are the 17 awards Citibank and Publicis Kaplan Thaler walked home with:

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SILVER
Citi “Every Step of the Way” Olympic Sponsorship
BRONZE
“Private Pass”

Out Of Home
GOLD
“Clear Checks”
SILVER
“Every Step of the Way”

Print
BRONZE
“Private Pass”

Tablet Single
GOLD
Citi Holiday Helper; Amazon Kindle “Black Friday”

TV Campaign
SILVER
“Sending” “Big Check” “Running Man”

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BRONZE
“The Ex”
“Happy Princess Wonderland”

Web Video Campaign
GOLD
“Private Pass”

Web Video Single
BRONZE
“Zombie”

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SILVER
Citi Pond

Print Campaign
BRONZE
“Citi 200”

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GOLD
Citi “Every Step of the Way” Olympics Sponsorship

Tablet Single
SILVER
Citi 200 Tablet

TV Single
GOLD
“Schedule”
BRONZE
“Leadership

A list of all FCS Award winners can be found here.

About Publicis Kaplan Thaler
kaplanPublicis Kaplan Thaler is a fully integrated advertising agency with digital, social and technology at its core. With over 650 employees, it is the flagship of Publicis Worldwide in the USA, the North American operating unit of Publicis Worldwide, the largest global agency network within Publicis Groupe. The Agency’s blue-chip client roster includes: Procter & Gamble, CITI, Nestlé, Merck, Pfizer, TriHonda, Wendy’s, L’Oréal, AFLAC, and NAPA Auto Parts, among others. To learn more about Publicis Kaplan Thaler, follow @PKTtweets, like on Facebook or visit pkt.com.

About Financial Communications Society (FCS)
fcs-logoThe Financial Communications Society (FCS), a not-for-profit organization, is dedicated to improving professional standards in financial communications. It provides professionals in the industry with a forum for gathering relevant information, sharing ideas and building relationships with industry colleagues. The FCS hosts the annual FCS Portfolio Awards, for creative excellence in financial services advertising, a monthly luncheon series featuring prominent industry speakers, and numerous educational events. The capstone of the annual charity-focused activities organized by the FCS is the FCS Race for Kids (www.fcsraceforkids.org) which has raised more than $1.8 million for three children’s charities since 2000.

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Aflac Duck & Publicis Kaplan Thaler Honored for Work by Forbes Fortune 500 Social Media Stars

forbes logoCOLUMBUS, GA (May 13, 2013) –  Sometimes being the loudest voice in the room, means being the most memorable voice in the room. No, we are not referring to the “Aflaaaac!” shriek of the Aflac Duck. We are referring to the enormously successful use of social media, making Aflac one of the most recognizable names in insurance and landing it on Forbes’ FORTUNE 500 Social Media List ranking #118. As early adopters of the new technology, Aflac and their agency Publicis Kaplan Thaler began building a massive amount of content behind the flagship TV duck.

AflacDuckTwitterAs the brand champions storytelling, Aflac’s posts on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube revolve around the people their insurance helps and the forever evolving life of the Aflac Duck. In case you hadn’t heard, he has been recovering from debilitating injuries using the insurance provided to him by Aflac.

Results have been stellar. The Aflac company mascot has a verified Twitter account (over 20,000 followers) and more than 380,000 Facebook fans, an impressive number considering “Health insurance isn’t something people want to think about at all,” says Michael Zuna, chief marketing officer for Aflac. “The Duck allows us to give Aflac a voice. He’s very relevant and timely and engaged in America.”

With numbers like these CNN Money rated the Aflac and the Duck as one of nine “Social Media Stars” in the FORTUNE 500. The honor puts Aflac amongst classic brands like General Motors, Coca-Cola and AT&T; quite a feat for an insurance brand.

The Aflac-PKT model has spurred a wave of competitors in the category to follow suit, but they are hard pressed to match the success of Aflac’s brand.

About Aflac
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When a policyholder gets sick or hurt, Aflac pays cash benefits fast. For nearly six decades, Aflac insurance policies have given policyholders the opportunity to focus on recovery, not financial stress. In the United States, Aflac is the number one provider of guaranteed-renewable insurance. In Japan, Aflac is the number one life insurance company in terms of individual policies in force. Aflac individual and group insurance products provide protection to more than 50 million people worldwide. For seven consecutive years, Aflac has been recognized by Ethisphere magazine as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. In 2013, FORTUNE magazine recognized Aflac as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America for the 15th consecutive year. Also, in 2013, FORTUNE magazine included Aflac on its list of Most Admired Companies for the 12th time, ranking the company number one in the life and health insurance category. Aflac Incorporated is a Fortune 500 company listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AFL. To find out more about Aflac, visit aflac.com or espanol.aflac.com.

About Publicis Kaplan Thaler
kaplanPublicis Kaplan Thaler is a fully integrated advertising agency with digital, social and technology at its core. With over 650 employees, it is the flagship of Publicis Worldwide in the USA, the North American operating unit of Publicis Worldwide, the largest global agency network within Publicis Groupe. The Agency’s blue-chip client roster includes: Procter & Gamble, CITI, Nestlé, Merck, Pfizer, TriHonda, Wendy’s, L’Oréal, AFLAC, and NAPA Auto Parts, among others. To learn more about Publicis Kaplan Thaler, follow @PKTtweets, like on Facebook or visit pkt.com.

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Publicis Kaplan Thaler Wins Silver New York Festival’s International Advertising Awards

NEW YORK CITY, NY (May 2, 2013) – Publicis Kaplan Thaler received a Silver World Medal at New York Festival’s International Advertising Awards in the Radio category for Citibank’s “Too Old” spot. Since 1957 the New York Festival has been honoring the best in media; from traditional forms like radio and print, to cutting-edge work on digital and integrated campaigns. Competitors from all over the world submit their work to be reviewed and judged by some of the top creative executives in advertising today.

f52f4697ce7dbd329b1caca795bbba28The award was a much appreciated pat on the back for the vast amount of work PKT creates for one of its largest clients. Fortunately, that wasn’t the only recognition the Manhattan-based agency received at the International Advertising Awards show. A radio advertisement for Procter & Gamble’s Scope mouthwash, “Offensive 2.0,” was also shortlisted and under final consideration for an award. Yet another milestone in the ongoing success of Scope’s brand revamp that was set in motion earlier this year.

Last but not least, Publicis Kaplan Thaler’s very own Chief Creative Officer, Rob Feakins, was a featured speaker and Executive Jury member for the competition. The advertising veteran evaluated several categories and spoke on the subject of how agencies can retain their top talent in a highly predatory environment. Speakers from Leo Burnett, BMF Sydney and Velocebella also spoke on the subject.

With other award shows fast approaching, PKT hopes to bring home as many top finishes as possible with their upcoming campaigns and new clients.

A list of all New York Festival’s International Advertising Award winners can be found here.

About Publicis Kaplan Thaler
kaplanPublicis Kaplan Thaler is a fully integrated advertising agency with digital, social and technology at its core. With over 650 employees, it is the flagship of Publicis Worldwide in the USA, the North American operating unit of Publicis Worldwide, the largest global agency network within Publicis Groupe. The Agency’s blue-chip client roster includes: Procter & Gamble, CITI, Nestlé, Merck, Pfizer, TriHonda, Wendy’s, L’Oréal, AFLAC, and NAPA Auto Parts, among others. To learn more about Publicis Kaplan Thaler, follow @PKTtweets, like on Facebook or visit pkt.com.

About New York Festivals
NY Festivals Circle New York Festivals has been honoring The World’s Best Work™ in all media since 1957. Our world-class judges review submissions in the most current and relevant categories to award creativity across all media. With entries and jury members from over 70 countries, it’s the most diverse advertising awards competition in the world. The Grand Jury, conducted online, evaluates all entries to determine the Shortlist. This Shortlist is then judged by the Executive Jury, known as the “Dream Team”-an exclusive group of prominent worldwide chief creative officers from the world’s best advertising agencies. This elite group comes together for five days of live judging to determine the Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Grand winners, as well as the one entry worthy of being named the World’s Best Idea™.

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Publicis Kaplan Thaler & Charmin’s Long-Time Relationship Honored

NEW YORK CITY, NY (April 29, 2013) – Publicis Kaplan Thaler and Procter & Gamble’s Charmin brand garner second place in Ad Age’s Best Agency-Client Marriage Contest, surpassed only by BBDO and Hormel’s relationship.

CharminPublicisThere is a lot to be said for an agency-client relationship that lasts much longer than 50% of the marriages in this country. In a tumultuous time when many agencies are dropped by companies in less than five years, this is quite an honor and achievement; especially in the ultra-competitive market of home goods.

Since 1957, when Procter and Gamble purchased the rights to Charmin, the brand has been inseparable from the predecessor agencies which have now become Publicis Kaplan Thaler. The agency has successfully brought a host of new Charmin products to market; including Charmin Plus, Kids Fresh flushable wipes and Charmin Strong toilet tissue. Similarly, the trusting relationship between Charmin and PKT has led to some of the most innovative and financially successful campaigns in the category’s history.  Charmin’s Pottypalooza Tour, which offered public restrooms for patrons in big cities from New York to San Diego, raised sales almost 15% alone.  When asked about the quality of their relationship with Publicis Kaplan Thaler, Charmin stated, “This longstanding partnership centered around a dedication to creating a more enjoyable ‘go’ has enabled us to build a brand that has sold more toilet paper than anyone else, has weathered economic ups and downs, entry and exits of competitors, and welcomed new team members all while having a great time together.” With a market share of nearly 40%, it’s no surprise they are so thrilled with the work of PKT.

CharminPublicis2There seems to be no end in sight for the successful partnership between Publicis Kaplan Thaler and Charmin.  This sort of closeness and openness can only be achieved by having a good sense of humor about your work. And that comes easily when work is talking about stuff that grosses most people out. Work on Charmin continues at PKT’s New York City offices, and at this rate who knows how many more awards are to come.

For the full Ad Age article, go here.

About Publicis Kaplan Thaler
kaplanPublicis Kaplan Thaler is a fully integrated advertising agency with digital, social and technology at its core.  With over 650 employees, it is the flagship of Publicis Worldwide in the USA, the North American operating unit of  Publicis Worldwide, the largest global agency network within Publicis Groupe. The Agency’s blue-chip client roster includes: Procter & Gamble, CITI, Nestlé, Merck, Pfizer, TriHonda, Wendy’s, L’Oréal, AFLAC, and NAPA Auto Parts, among others.  To learn more about Publicis Kaplan Thaler, follow @PKTtweets, like on Facebook or visit pkt.com.

About Procter & Gamble
P&G serves approximately 4.6 billion people around the world with its brands. The Company has one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Pampers®, Tide®, Ariel®, Always®, Whisper®, Pantene®, Mach3®, Bounty®, Dawn®, Fairy®, Gain®, Charmin®, Downy®, Lenor®, Iams®, Crest®, Oral-B®, Duracell®, Olay®, Head & Shoulders®, Wella®, Gillette®, Braun®, Fusion®, Ace®, Febreze®, Ambi Pur®, SK-II®, and Vicks®. The P&G community includes operations in approximately 75 countries worldwide. Please visit P&G for the latest news and in-depth information about P&G and its brands.

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Publicis Kaplan Thaler Wins Big at New York/District 2 ADDYs

NEW YORK CITY, NY (April 12, 2013) – Publicis Kaplan Thaler garnered a total of eleven New York ADDYs and six District 2 ADDYs for their work for multiple clients at this year’s ADDY Awards Competition. With over 50,000 submissions per year and three separate shows on the local, regional and national levels, the ADDYs are one of the major award competitions in advertising. This year, PKT’s submissions of their major work over this past year were met with great results.

New York ADDYS

Screen Shot 2013-07-17 at 2.43.16 PMPKT’s work for Citibank, “Clear Checks” OOH, Charmin’s “Waterfalls” TV commercial and Swiffer’s “Man Up” digital shorts all won coveted Gold New York ADDYs. Winning any Gold ADDY in advertising’s most competitive market is an accomplishment — Winning three is certainly a sign PKT is doing things the right way.

Screen Shot 2013-07-17 at 2.38.59 PMPKT also picked up an impressive eight Silver New York ADDYs: Bounty’s “Anthem” Olympic TV commercial, Citi’s “Big Check” and “Sending” TV commercials, Citi’s – “Too Old” radio spot, Scope’s Facebook digital/social media presence, Scope’s “Courage Encouraged” integrated campaign, Street Soccer USA’s – “I PLAY FOR” integrated campaign and Hilton HHonors “Experiences Worth Sharing” print work.

Screen Shot 2013-07-17 at 2.45.06 PMIf that wasn’t enough, Publicis Kaplan Thaler was also recognized with a special Judge’s Award of Excellence for Charmin’s “Waterfalls” TV commercial, a spot consisting of multiple shots of running water encouraging viewers to utilize the commercial time to take a bathroom break.

District 2 ADDYs

Publicis Kaplan Thaler was equally competitive at this year’s District 2 ADDY Competition, adding four gold and two silver awards to their growing collection. District Two encompasses the Washington, DC metro area, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware and represents 16 local clubs.

Screen Shot 2013-07-17 at 2.38.39 PMCitibank’s “Clear Checks” OOH campaign, Scope’s Facebook digital/social media presence, Hilton HHonors “Experiences Worth Sharing” newspaper campaign and Street Soccer USA’s – “I PLAY FOR” integrated campaign all received the coveted Gold ADDY Awards — a major accomplishment when you consider the competition in District 2. All Gold ADDY winners move on to compete for National ADDY Awards.

Screen Shot 2013-07-17 at 2.38.18 PMP&G’s “Anthem” Olympic TV commercial and Citibank’s “Too Old” radio spot received Silver ADDY Awards.

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Street Soccer USA’s – “I PLAY FOR” integrated campaign also received the special honor of clinching the Phil Dusenberry Award, an award given to the best pro bono work of the year. The Phil Dusenberry Award recognizes agencies who have demonstrated a commitment to doing outstanding work for non-profit organizations. The award is named for the late Phil Dusenberry, whose career included many memorable pro bono campaigns.

“A judge’s award is an incredibly special honor because there is no pre-set category for it,” said Publicis Kaplan Thaler Chairman and Chief Creative Officer Rob Feakins. “It comes about solely because the judges were so impressed by the work in Street Soccer USA, they thought it deserved special recognition. And it is special work because the team didn’t just do the communications (posters, video, facebook, and guerrilla) but they named the teams, designed the team logos, and designed the team uniforms. It was an incredibly, inspirational effort.”

Jay Williams, an Executive Creative Director at Publicis Kaplan Thaler also served as one of the judges on this year’s panel.

A list of all District 2 ADDY Award winners can be found here.

About Publicis Kaplan Thaler
kaplanPublicis Kaplan Thaler is a fully integrated advertising agency with digital, social and technology at its core. With over 650 employees, it is the flagship of Publicis Worldwide in the USA, the North American operating unit of Publicis Worldwide, the largest global agency network within Publicis Groupe. The Agency’s blue-chip client roster includes: Procter & Gamble, CITI, Nestlé, Merck, Pfizer, TriHonda, Wendy’s, L’Oréal, AFLAC, and NAPA Auto Parts, among others. To learn more about Publicis Kaplan Thaler, follow @PKTtweets, like on Facebook or visit pkt.com.

About the ADDY Awards
ADDY_Logo_RGBThe ADDY Awards Competition is a three-tiered national competition conducted annually by the American Advertising Federation. The ADDY Awards Competition is the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition for creative excellence.

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Citibank Thinks You Might Be “Too Old” — Publicis Kaplan Thaler Spot Named a Radio Merit Finalist at One Show

NEW YORK CITY, NY (April 10, 2013) –  It’s true; the advertising industry has more award shows than Hollywood. That may lead some to believe the gold trophies they dole out year-round are not valuable. In many cases those people are onto something. The One Club, championing and promoting excellence in advertising and design in all its forms, is different. It is the world’s foremost non-profit organization devoted to elevating creative work in the industry. The One Show remains the pinnacle of achievement by providing a showcase of the world’s best work, and by inviting collaboration among individuals who are actively developing outstanding work. It is the Super Bowl of creative advertising, and the Golden Pencil is its Lombardi Trophy.

Gold PencilThis year Citibank and their partner agency Publicis Kaplan Thaler were honored as a Merit Finalist in the Radio category for their 60 second spot titled “Too Old.” The comedic ad promotes Citi’s new Thank You Points exchange, in which customers can use their reward points to pay off student loans sooner rather than later.  For almost the entire spot, a voiceover suggests signs you may be too old to still be paying off student loans.  Lines such as “When you and your teeth no longer sleep together that is way, way too old to still be paying your student loans,” keep the audience laughing while reinforcing the need for young people to find out how in the world they’re going to get rid of their college debts.

oldmanThe effectiveness of the message, tied to the smart, no-so-subtle humor makes this a radio advertisement worth talking about; and in one of the industry’s toughest mediums, that is something to celebrate.

Credits:
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Chief Creative Officer – Rob Feakins
Executive Creative Officer – Tom Drymalski
Executive Creative Officer – Perry Essig
Creative – Dennis Greeley
Creative – Julian Newman
Writer – Alexis Garber
Director – Joe Barone
Agency Producer – Mariassa Schaeffer

A list of all One Show Award finalists can be found here.

About Publicis Kaplan Thaler
kaplanPublicis Kaplan Thaler is a fully integrated advertising agency with digital, social and technology at its core. With over 650 employees, it is the flagship of Publicis Worldwide in the USA, the North American operating unit of Publicis Worldwide, the largest global agency network within Publicis Groupe. The Agency’s blue-chip client roster includes: Procter & Gamble, CITI, Nestlé, Merck, Pfizer, TriHonda, Wendy’s, L’Oréal, AFLAC, and NAPA Auto Parts, among others. To learn more about Publicis Kaplan Thaler, follow @PKTtweets, like on Facebook or visit pkt.com.

About Citi
Citi-Logo-JPEGCiti, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management.

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Publicis Kaplan Thaler & ADL’s “Imagine” Surpasses 1M Views

First Non-Profit Ever to Reach YouTube Top 10 Leaderboard

NEW YORK CITY, NY (April 8, 2013) – Once in a while a great ad strikes a deep emotional chord with its audience. It isn’t funny, it isn’t awe inspiring, it just speaks to people in a way they’re not accustomed to being spoken to.  The Anti-Defamation League, in tandem with Publicis Kaplan Thaler created video that achieved this feat.

YouTubeThe 90-second spot chronicled an alternate timeline in which several key figures, including Martin Luther King Jr. and Anne Frank, were never killed in hate crimes. The ADL questions what the world would be like if each lived a full lifetime in defense of their respective causes. Newspaper headlines like “Dr.Martin Luther King Jr, 84, Champions Immigration Reform,” and “Harvey Milk Expands LGBT Equality Globally,” cross the screen as John Lennon’s “Imagine” plays in the background.

In just a few weeks the video quickly surpassed one million views, a YouTube milestone few videos reach; much less advertisements. Not only did “Imagine A World Without Hate” quickly gain viewership, it also became the first non-profit video to ever to crack Youtube’s Top 10 Ads Leaderboard. The soaring success earned national media coverage and ADL’s message reached an exponentially larger audience; furthering their goal of eliminating bigotry for good.

“Imagine a World Without Hate” Credits:
Executive Creative Director – Linda Kaplan Thaler
Chief Creative Office – Rob Feakins
Chief Production Officer – Lisa Bifulco
Art Director – Whitney Pillsbury
Copywriter – Jason Graff
Executive Producer – Kirsten Arongino

About The Anti-Defamation League
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The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world’s leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.

About Publicis Kaplan Thaler
kaplanPublicis Kaplan Thaler is a fully integrated advertising agency with digital, social and technology at its core. With over 650 employees, it is the flagship of Publicis Worldwide in the USA, the North American operating unit of Publicis Worldwide, the largest global agency network within Publicis Groupe. The Agency’s blue-chip client roster includes: Procter & Gamble, CITI, Nestlé, Merck, Pfizer, TriHonda, Wendy’s, L’Oréal, AFLAC, and NAPA Auto Parts, among others. To learn more about Publicis Kaplan Thaler, follow @PKTtweets, like on Facebook or visit pkt.com.

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Scope Bacon Fools America — Captures Attention of One Show

Bacon Flavored Mouthwash A Delicious & Highly Successful Hoax

NEW YORK CITY, NY (April 2, 2013) – Publicis Kaplan Thaler and Scope mouthwash teamed up to pull off the best April’s fools prank in recent memory. The hoax was so successful, it landed on The One Club’s Newsfeeder.com, a website that showcases the most creative Facebook page posts made by brands. Newsfeeder enables creatives to search through a repository of curated Facebook page posts by a number of categories, including agency, brand, most recent, most comments, most likes and most shares.

One Show NewsfeederCreated by The One Club, with strategic partnership and technical assistance from Facebook Studio, Newsfeeder’s goal is to highlight the best work of those influencing this relatively new, but impactful medium. Newsfeeder is also a forum for creative professionals to view and comment on the best work being shared across social media’s biggest stage. Newsfeeder leverages the growing influence Facebook page posts have on brands and, consequently, the creative community.

Scope Bacon’s story began on March 29th of this year with one, simple Facebook post. It was a picture of a red, bacon flavored Scope bottle and the headline read “Indulge your meat tooth.” It also included the Twitter hashtag #scopebacon. That one post garnered over 30,000 likes and over 11,000 comments; an astronomical amount for a mouthwash brand. America was interested.

The first Facebook post was immediately followed by a heavy dose of this television commercial produced by Publicis Kaplan Thaler:

Several more Facebook posts leading up to April 1st. Media outlets from across the country began debating whether this product was real or fake. The earned publicity was widespread and people were doing exactly what Scope wanted; they were talking about the brand.

scope-bacon1-193x300When April 1st rolled around Scope revealed via Facebook that the bacon flavored product was indeed a hoax and that much of America had been duped. Reactions ranged from sheer delight to crushed disappointment from some of Scope’s customers who are bacon enthusiasts. Regardless, Scope was in the headlines of major news outlets and the social media sphere was ablaze with responses. The prank was even covered by NBC’s Nightly News.

By pranking their very own customers, Scope has epitomized their new mantra “Courage Encouraged” and successfully moved their brand one step closer to becoming the industry leader.

To read the Huffington Post’s coverage of the story, go here.

About Publicis Kaplan Thaler
kaplanPublicis Kaplan Thaler is a fully integrated advertising agency with digital, social and technology at its core.  With over 650 employees, it is the flagship of Publicis Worldwide in the USA, the North American operating unit of  Publicis Worldwide, the largest global agency network within Publicis Groupe. The Agency’s blue-chip client roster includes: Procter & Gamble, CITI, Nestlé, Merck, Pfizer, TriHonda, Wendy’s, L’Oréal, AFLAC, and NAPA Auto Parts, among others.  To learn more about Publicis Kaplan Thaler, follow @PKTtweets, like on Facebook or visit pkt.com.

About Procter & Gamble
P&G serves approximately 4.6 billion people around the world with its brands. The Company has one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Pampers®, Tide®, Ariel®, Always®, Whisper®, Pantene®, Mach3®, Bounty®, Dawn®, Fairy®, Gain®, Charmin®, Downy®, Lenor®, Iams®, Crest®, Oral-B®, Duracell®, Olay®, Head & Shoulders®, Wella®, Gillette®, Braun®, Fusion®, Ace®, Febreze®, Ambi Pur®, SK-II®, and Vicks®. The P&G community includes operations in approximately 75 countries worldwide. Please visit P&G for the latest news and in-depth information about P&G and its brands.

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