Edelman is usually tapped with helping brands avoid or disentangle themselves from public backlash, but the global PR firm instead found itself in the hot seat this week.
UPDATE: Holly Brockwell, a British advertising creative whose father committed suicide in a car, wrote a heartbreaking blog post in reaction to this ad that has been shared widely this week.
All advertising strives to sell happiness, implying that buying certain goods or services will make you feel better than you did before.
Marketing stunts can be a lot of things—funny, weird, innovative, maudlin, hectoring, and of course flat-out stupid. But once in a while, there's a fundamentally good heart at its core. […]
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Scotland has unveiled a new anti-suicide campaign. It centers on the TV spot below, by ad agency Frame, in which a man trudges through his bleak Scottish life in silent […]
"Over 50% of all suicides are committed by senior citizens" says this ad by Shimoni Finkelstein Draftfcb for Israeli charity organization Adam LeAdam. The visual almost overwhelms. Still, it's impossible […]
Oh goody, another suicide ad. What is it about cars that leads people to the suicide theme? You'll recall that Volkswagen disowned a rogue suicide-bomber spec commercial four years ago. […]
Hinting at suicide in ads is always risky, even when the potential building-jumper is an animated head of depressed cabbage, as in the Draftfcb spot above for RescueFood.org (an initiative […]