The Trick Copy on These Clever Ads Shows Another Side to Homelessness

Text tells two completely different stories

Here's a clever outdoor campaign from Publicis London for the homelessness charity Depaul that manages to tell two different stories with the same copy.

The ads are being placed on corners, with text on each side. If you read only the left side, the copy is all about the negative ideas people have about giving up a spare room to a homeless youth. But reading them in full, the ads actually argue for the benefits of volunteering.

"There's another side to the story," says the tagline.

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Conceptually, the campaign is quite similar to BBDO New York's award-winning ads for BBC America back in 2007. Those ads, also placed around corners, showed two sides of the same photo, with the tagline: "See both sides of the story."

The clever use of text differentiates this new effort, though it will always be likened to the BBC work. See more from the campaign, plus credits, below.


Client: Depaul

Agency: Publicis London

Executive Creative Director: Andy Bird

Creative Director: Paul Mason

Art Director: Dan Kennard

Copywriter: Ben Smith

Head of Art and Design: Andy Breese

Designer: Dave Stansfield

Photographer: Mark Wesley

Account Manager: Tom Froggett

Head of Operations: Debbie Burke

Agency Producers: Steve McFarlane, Ed Page, Greg Collier

Art Buyers: Sarah Clifford, Claire Lillis

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