by Alan Schwarz
The New York Times
January 21st 2011
A mother worried “about my son playing football.” Two children colliding helmet-to-helmet — with superimposed crashing sounds and force lines rippling from their heads — drove home her fears.
Unveiled by Toyota in November, the television commercial highlighted the carmaker’s decision to share crash research with scientists studying football concussions, and was an explicit reminder of football’s recent controversies regarding concussions.
So explicit, it turns out, that the N.F.L demanded that Toyota alter the 30 second commercial, and Toyota promptly did. Now, the commercial — which originally ran last November but is now running in its edited form — has the mother worrying instead “about my son playing sports.” The helmet collision has been removed. A spokeswoman for Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., Zoe Ziegler, said in an interview that the changes were made at the N.F.L.’s insistence. If Toyota did not change the ad, she said, the league had threatened to curtail or end the carmaker’s ability to advertise during games. (more…)
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Production teams have been working overtime in and around “DIGO West” where job one is DIGO’s first campaign for the nation’s number one respiratory hospital, National Jewish Health, an organization with a well deserved global reputation, (more…)
Los Angeles Times
November 22, 2010
Offlining Inc. wants you to unplug from the computer and reconnect to flesh-and-blood family and friends. Not all the time, just some of the time. Like, during major holidays. The company was created after co-founders Mark DiMassimo and Eric Yaverbaum, two plugged-in New York businessmen, “looked up” one day and became reacquainted with the things they had been missing while going online — kids, wives, birds and nature in general, according to the company website. To read more click here.
Extensive pick-up of our Offlining story for Thanksgiving. Enjoy the fruits of the Internet, but please do so responsibly ;-)
(this blogger also writes for Huffington Post)
by Julie Revelant
November 16th, 2010
Face it: You’ve got cramps in your thumbs from using the smartphone that’s practically attached to you 24/7. And your kids? They’re busy listening to their iPods, texting, playing video games, and gazing at their computers – all at the same time. Technology is great, but it’s changed the way families communicate and spend time together. Read on to find out how some families found a way to shut down – and how yours can to! To read more click here.
New York, NY; November 8, 2010
Offlining Marks Thanksgiving with New Ads in Digital Print AND on Turkeys; Will give away up to 11,000 Turkeys to those who take the ‘Offlining’ pledge!
The dynamic marketing and “lifestyle intervention” duo – Eric Yaverbaum and Mark DiMassimo – who created the Offlining, Inc. initiative that highlights America’s ever-growing addiction to technology, are now introducing an unprecedented, first-of-its-kind marketing campaign: ‘Turkeytizing.’
DiMassimo explains, “”We’re thankful for the benefits of great technology. But, aside from carving knifes and special two-pronged forks, and perhaps a digital camera, the Thanksgiving table should be a place for people to connect with people, and some great food. And who better to stand up for a No-Device Thanksgiving than the center of it all – the turkey? We saw the opportunity to innovate by being the first advertisers on turkeys…and let’s just say we gobbled it up!” To read more click here.
These just in, the first shots of our NYC Pedicab takeover for our Rare World Animal Day Campaign. Handsome Cabs, if we’ve ever seen them! Read more about our World Animal Day Campaign here.