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Publicis Kaplan Thaler Wins 2 National Silver ADDYs

NEW YORK CITY, NY (June 8, 2013) – Publicis Kaplan Thaler received two Silver National ADDYs at the 2013 American Advertising Federation National ADDY Awards — For Street Soccer USA in the Public Service – Integrated Campaign category and for Bounty in the Television – Regional/National – Single Spot category. The ADDY Awards represent the true spirit of creative excellence by recognizing all forms of advertising from media of all types, creative by all sizes and entrants of all levels from anywhere in the world.

Street Soccer USA — I PLAY FOR Patches

SoccerAddyHow do you help get homeless people off the streets? Turns out one way is to put them on a soccer pitch. Street Soccer USA organizes homeless people into soccer teams that compete in rec leagues around the country, as well as the Homeless World Cup. Playing provides structure, support and a chance to be a part of something positive, which is why 75% of participants are off the streets within a year.

IPlayForPublicis Kaplan Thaler was tasked with creating a single patch Street Soccer could sell as a fundraiser. In order to create an emotional connection, they realized they needed to go deeper and wider than just one patch. They ended up designing an entire league identity from scratch — from naming the teams to designing team crests and kits. The crests themselves were based on classic soccer iconography, creative a sense of pride in the teams sporting them. The I PLAY FOR brand, created by Publicis Kaplan Thaler, draws attention to the emotional reasons for playing. It was featured on the NBC Nightly News and seen by thousands of spectators at the events. became a hub for players and fans everywhere. Players could connect with other homeless athletes across the nation, and communities could show their support for the teams. Within a week, reached 68,000 people across seven countries.

IPlayFor2For Street Soccer’s biggest event to date, the Street Soccer National Cup in New York City, IPLAYFOR hit the streets. We flooded the city with wild postings, interactive chalk art, benches, and even a Times Square billboard. As a result, over 72,000 people stopped by to show their support. IPLAYFOR made headlines around the world. And, when word of the campaign spread, Kappa donated team jerseys and Slate gave us a free homepage takeover.

The entire run of jerseys featuring the team patches sold out, creative a healthy revenue stream for the cash-strapped charity. But, most importantly, IPLAYFOR helped Street Soccer get 75% of its players off the street this year.

Publicis Kaplan Thaler
Chief Creative OfficerRob Feakins
Executive Creative Officer – Tom Drymalski
Executive Creative Officer – Perry Essig
Executive Creative Officer – Jim Kotulka
Copywriter – Jennifer Stopka
Copywriter – Alexis Garber
Copywriter – Brad Mislow
Copywriter – Brian Bellanca
Art Director – Christopher C. Smith
Art Director – Julie Eyerman-Allard
Art Director – Kay Saoyen
Project Manager – Sharon Malcolm
Photographer – Ian Young

P&G — Bounty

BountyAddyKids who love sports rarely check their enthusiasm at the front door. Especially when excited by events such as the Olympics, inspired kids end up transforming their homes into athletic training grounds. They sprint, leap, dive or throw — on sofas, down hallways, in kitchens and all around the house. It takes brave parents to allow that behavior (given all the messes that could result) — and Bounty paper towels wanted to acknowledge those parents that don’t let the fear of a little mess stand in the way of their children’s big dreams. After all, that’s Bounty’s role in life: To help people live uninhibited by fear of messes.

The story of the Bounty Olympics “Anthem” is one of perseverance by every member of the team. Every P&G brand is afforded the opportunity to submit work to be produced for the Olympics. While the Bounty clients loved the idea for a spot pitched by Publicis Kaplan Thaler’s Bertrand Garbassi and Kat Keeley, it was not within their budget. So, while on a shoot for another initiative, the team captured extra footage of the kids performing “stunts.” They cut the footage together and shared it with the Bounty team, who loved both the spot and their initiative. The President of Family Care cited this as another example of how the agency “brings us what we need, not what we ask for.”

It was then shown to CMO of P&G, Marc Pritchard, and he loved it so much he reallocated one of the two TV slots for the opening ceremonies to Bounty (a slot that would have been reserved for the P&G Mom’s campaign). It’s an amazing tale of the courage, stamina and passion on the part of both the agency and the client family care team.

Publicis Kaplan Thaler
Chief Creative Officer
– Rob Feakins
Executive Creative Officer – David Corr
Creative Director – Bertrand Garbassi
Creative Director – Kat Keeley
Agency Producer – Alisa Cohen
Production Company – 2Films
Director – Bram Van Riet
Producer – Marc Stemmer
Editing House – Cosmo Street
Editor – Steve Bell

A list of all AAF 2013 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

About Street Soccer USA
Street Soccer USA logoStreet Soccer USA (SSUSA) ( is sport for development program of HELP USA, which believes ending homelessness is a team sport. Through a systematic approach, SSUSA Builds community and trust through sport with participants and volunteers, transforming the context within which they live from one of isolation, abuse, and marginalization, to one of community, purpose, and achievement, requires participants to set 3, 6, and 12-month life goals, and empowers participants by providing access to services and educational/employment opportunities through our Jobs Academy. The Lady Salamander women’s initiative has formed women’s only teams at shelters across the U.S. as well.  The program in San Francisco is operated in partnership with the St. Vincent de Paul MSC shelter and the SF Conservation Corps.

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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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
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  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

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Nearly 7.5 Million U.S. Students are Chronically Absent, Missing 18 or More Days of School Each Year

Ad Council and U.S. Army’s BoostUp Campaign Launches New Parent-targeted PSAs Reinforcing the Importance of Consistent School Attendance

Nearly 7.5 million students (K – 12th grade) are chronically absent every school year – missing enough school to put them at severe risk of dropping out or failing to graduate. Chronic absenteeism, which is defined as missing at least 10 percent of school days in a given year, or about 18 days, affects the educational outcomes of millions of students. In order to inspire parents of 5th through 8th graders to recognize the crucial role regular attendance, even in the early years, plays in high school graduation, the U.S. Army and the Ad Council are unveiling a new series of public service advertisements (PSAs) created pro bono by advertising agency Publicis Kaplan Thaler.

WallThumbMed_BoostUpEvery absence, in any grade – excused or not – can impact a child’s academic achievement. As early as 6th grade, missing 18 or more days of school in a year puts a child’s high school graduation at-risk. Missing just two days every month of the school year can allow a child to fall behind, increasing the likelihood of dropping out.

“The U.S. Army recognizes the immense importance of having an educated public and is deeply committed to programs that benefit America’s youth,” said Mark Davis, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Marketing/Director, Army Marketing and Research Group. “We are proud to further our collaboration with the Ad Council to launch these new PSAs on behalf of the BoostUp campaign, continuing our efforts to raise awareness about the dropout crisis and motivate parents to take action on behalf of their children’s education.”

Research shows that students who attend school regularly in their early school years are more likely to learn to read well by the critical third grade milestone; score higher on standardized tests; and graduate and go on to college than students who are chronically absent. Education is crucial to breaking the cycle of poverty, however chronic absenteeism is most prevalent among low-income students. Regular attendance in lower grades is just as important as it is in later years to ensure that a student stays on the path toward graduation.

ConlonPeggy“A day here or a day there may not seem like a lot, but when you add those absences up, there can be dire consequences,” said Peggy Conlon, president and CEO of the Ad Council. “We hope this PSA campaign will shine a light on the problem of chronic absenteeism and educate parents about the importance of their children attending school every day in order for them to succeed academically and stay on the path toward high school graduation.”

The new English and Spanish-language PSAs ask parents to look at the influence they have over their children’s attendance reminding them that every day missed, excused or not, even in middle school, puts their kids’ graduation at risk. Another, community-targeted execution beautifully illustrates the staggering fact that 7,000 high school students drop out every school day by showing thousands of graduation caps falling from the sky. All audiences are directed to the campaign website to find out how to help the students in their communities succeed and graduate.

Rob Feakins“For us, it’s important that we aren’t simply ad guys, but citizens. And BoostUp is an initiative that is incredibly important to us. We hire young people all of the time. And because of that, there is no greater importance for us than to make sure young people stay in school and keep themselves competitive and prepared for their careers,” said Rob Feakins, Publicis Kaplan Thaler Chief Creative Officer/President. offers an assortment of information, resources and ways to get involved including state-by-state dropout statistics, real student stories and information about why students drop out of school and how to help. Parents can access an attendance calculator, courtesy of Get Schooled, where they can chart the impact of their children’s absences on their education. Visitors can also give students a boost by submitting a text or video message of support on Boost Nation, a microsite developed in collaboration with the 26 Seconds BMOR campaign. NFL Philadelphia Eagles’ player David Simms is the latest athlete to upload a video on Boost Nation, to show students across the country that he cares that they stay in school and graduate.

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Pittsburgh Steelers“My mother strongly encouraged me to pursue my education, and with caring people in your life, you can reach your goals,” said David Sims safety for the Philadelphia Eagles. “That’s why it’s important we all do our part to inspire at-risk students stay motivated to keep their eyes on the prize and graduate from high school. Give students a ‘boost’ to show your support them and let them know you believe in them.”

Also kicking off today is a social media program designed to further extend the reach of the campaign messages in the online space. Parents, adult influencers, teachers, educational organizations, and advocates are invited to get involved with the BoostUp campaign at

Since its launch in 2000, the Army and Ad Council’s High School Dropout Prevention campaign has received nearly $657 million in donated media across television, radio, outdoor, print and digital. Per the Ad Council’s model, the PSAs will run and air in advertising time and space that is donated by the media.

armylogovector_blackU.S. Army
Education is a top-priority public service issue for the U.S. Army. In 2000, they partnered with the Ad Council to start “Operation Graduation.” This was a national campaign to motivate and encourage students to graduate high school. In 2006, the Ad Council and the U.S. Army launched BoostUp, a new approach to this dropout prevention campaign. BoostUp targets adults that are interested in their community or in education, as well as parents and peers of at-risk students and connects them to opportunities to provide students with the support they need to stay in school and graduate. To find out more about the US Army go to

adcouncil-logoThe Advertising Council
The Ad Council is a non-profit organization with a rich history of marshalling volunteer talent from the advertising and media industries to deliver critical messages to the American public. Having produced literally thousands of PSA campaigns addressing the most pressing social issues of the day, the Ad Council has effected, and continues to effect, tremendous positive change by raising awareness, inspiring action, and saving lives. To learn more about the Ad Council and its campaigns, visit You can also visit follow the Ad Council on Twitter @AdCouncil.

373040_516480425034929_1327156625_nPublicis Kaplan Thaler
The one constant in this world is change. You can either adapt to change, ignore it, or lead it. At Publicis Kaplan Thaler, we help our clients take the lead. Publicis Kaplan Thaler is a fully integrated advertising agency with digital, social and technology at its core. The Agency’s blue-chip client roster includes: Procter & Gamble, CITI, Nestle, L’Oreal, Merck, Pfizer, Wendy’s, AFLAC,, NAPA Auto Parts, and SuperValu, among others. With over 650 employees, it is the flagship of Publicis Worldwide in the USA, the North American operating unit of parent company Publicis Worldwide, the largest global network within Publicis Groupe. To learn more about
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