Charitable Companies: Our 5 Favorite Brands That Give Back

Charitable Companies

Thanksgiving in the U.S. is one of the biggest times of years for consumers to bust out their wallets. With Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and other crazy seasonal discounts and sales, it’s hard not to focus on buying things. The Thanksgiving season is also very much about giving back, though – I know, crazy right?

Charitable companies with rock-solid mission statements are among some of our absolute favorites. While much of this time of the year is racked with anxiety and stress and buying, buying, buying, it’s always nice to take a look around and appreciate those businesses that are focused on giving back. Putting your money into the businesses that give back on a local community, regional, or even international scale, makes your purchase all the more worth it.

Let’s take a look at some of our absolute favorite initiatives from brands that give back. 

1. Pura Vida Bracelets

Who doesn’t love stylish, handmade jewelry to complement a holiday outfit? Pura Vida Bracelets is one of our all-time favorite charitable companies, with a mission to help support simplicity in life and the incredible craft of artisan jewelry and other goods. “Pura Vida” means “pure life” in Spanish, a Costa Rican philosophy that encourages the appreciation of life’s simple treasures. Following in line with this philosophy, the organization gives artisans full-time jobs while also helping to fund close to 200 charities around the world. With each purchase, Pura Vida donates 10% of proceeds to important causes affecting our planet.

Head to the Pura Vida Bracelets website here

2. Sudara

Being a women-run agency, our hearts are always with the millions of women around the world who are being held against their will in many capacities. Sudara is one such business that is actively fighting against slavery and sex-trafficking in India by providing women with safe opportunities to learn skills and move towards long-term careers. By offering real hope and true opportunity to these women through living-wage jobs, skills training, Sudara is helping women to gain more control of their lives and open up their futures to even more possibilities.

Head to the Sudara website here

3. Warby Parker

Being able to help someone see is a true gift in this world. So many communities around the world don’t have access to the kinds of vision care that’s needed to support a healthy, happy life. That’s why Warby Parker has stepped in to help bridge that gap and offer better vision to more people in need. With their charitable system, when you purchase a pair of glasses through their store, a donation is made to one of their non-profit partners who will help get someone set up with a fresh pair who really needs them.

 

Head to the Warby Parker website here

4. House of Light Goods

In the country of Mexico, there is a poverty-stricken crisis going on, with unemployment, imprisonment, and other important elements playing a role in the absence of many fathers. Unfortunately, this leaves mothers without the right resources or funds in a vulnerable place in trying to care for their children; this is where House of Light Goods comes in. A non-profit small business that provides real employment opportunities to single mothers in Mexico, House of Light Goods offers a safe place to work, and spaces for children to learn and play, funded by the purchase of a handmade scarf.

Head to the House of Light Goods website here. 

5. Amazon Smile

While Amazon is one of the biggest, most high-performing companies in the world, we can’t deny their influence on giving back. When you shop through their Amazon Smile portal, you can automatically have .5% of your purchase donated to charities of your choice! With absolutely no change in the overall price for you, the buyer, Amazon is set up to help you give back to organizations like the ASPCA, American Red Cross, The Nature Conservancy, and many more.

Head to the Amazon Smile website here.

 

Are you a company looking for charitable activities to launch in 2019?

Get in touch with our team – we’d love to talk shop and help brainstorm ways for you to give back!

Creepy Meets Creative: The Best Halloween Marketing Campaigns We’ve Seen

halloween marketing campaigns

Halloween is here, and it’s the perfect time for businesses to get creative about dressing up their marketing campaigns. Whether through video, a challenge or even a well-orchestrated scare-prank to showcase the true quality of a product, really great marketing campaigns are interactive, engaging, and get people jumping into action — literally.

Here’s a look at some of our favorite Halloween marketing campaigns (of all time) just in time for the spookiest day of the year!

Burger King: The Nightmare King

What gives you nightmares? Is it losing your teeth? Falling into an infinite abyss? What about a burger that gives you actual nightmares? Burger King just released a burger for this year’s Halloween campaign that was scientifically proven to give their consumers nightmares. Don’t believe us? Take a look at this study. Over a period of ten days, scientists tested their “subjects” and invited them to try the specially combined ingredients and monitored their sleep. What they found was that REM cycles were definitely impacted. Nightmarish? For your own results, you’ll have to give it a try!

M&Ms: An M&Ms (Interactive) Ghost Story

In M&M’s Halloween Campaign last year, the candy giant created an interactive ghost story that was released in weekly installments. Why the weeklong delay?  The campaign, targeted at older kids, relied on a “Choose Your Own Adventure”-style poll that allowed viewers to choose what happened next in the spooky tale. Whichever choice generated the most votes would be the next plot twist. Viewers shared the story all over social media in anticipation of the next week’s installment in the sweetest countdown to Halloween that we’ve ever seen.

LG: Fake Elevator Floor Prank

What better way to showcase a product than to show it in action? LG thought of a way to showcase the realistic color and sharp quality of its new IPS monitors by creating a fake floor, with picture quality so realistic it was actually terrifying to its users. As the saying goes: “So Real it’s Scary.”

Svedka: Halloween Curse

Can you think of anything more terrifying than being followed? Svedka can’t either, and it’s for this reason exactly that their creepy marketing campaign from last year works. Once you start scrolling through their site, the banner follows you everywhere you go online. Everywhere. The only way to break the curse is to pass it off to someone else by filling out their info in the creepiest lead capture imaginable. Creepy? Yes, definitely. But also scarily creative, and a tiny bit genius.

Oreo: The Oreo Laboratorium

Who says all Halloween campaigns have to be scary? In this adorable campaign from Oreo back in 2014, it relies on user-generated content (UGC) to drive its creativity. It’s as interactive as it is loveable and makes for a really great campaign!

Budweiser: The Budweiser Halloween Takeover

In one of the best campaigns we’ve seen, Budweiser is capitalizing on the fact that there is still a growing market for Halloween in countries outside of the US. In this campaign, it employs popular singer Kehlani to create a full Halloween anthem just for them, so that all 17 countries where Budweiser is sold can associate the whole holiday with their brand.

Ready to Knock ’em Dead?

If a marketing campaign isn’t getting your heart going, then it’s probably not going to inspire your clients, either. These Halloween campaigns are creepy, creative, and make the best use of the season.

Want some ideas on how to build up a marketing campaign for your business that kills it any time of the year? Don’t be afraid to get in touch with us!

Oliver’s Earbuzz: 2018 Summer Must-Playlist

WHAT A SUMMER.

We’ve been heads-down busy, busy, busy this season at team O+S with intense copywriting sessions, making SEO magic, building decks on decks, mastering Adwords, and even hosting some awesome summer interns! What’s been keeping us going through it all? Yup, you know it — music.

While our beloved interns may be leaving us soon, we didn’t miss the chance to get their input on our summer playlist. Check it out right below, right here, right now to get into our favorite tracks.

Check out more of our playlists here.

What music is getting you through your work day / long commute / road trip / weekly cleaning? Drop your best songs in the comments below!

Artists We’re Crushing On: Designer Appreciation Part 7

amazing designers to follow

We have the utmost respect for the crafters, letter-makers, and inspiration shakers out there. In this ongoing visual series, we wanted to give due props to the artists, creators, and designers we’ve taken note of lately. Thanks for making stuff beautiful!

Natalia Maca

Instagram: @natalia.maca

Natalia Maca is a UK-based digital “illustrator, designer, and explorer.” With an Instagram channel that’s super easy on the eyes, we’ve been visiting over and over to get a glimpse of the cool and muted palette of her work. Natalia specializes in editorial illustration, publishing, advertising and T-shirt design, and she tends to have a slightly surreal look to her many amazing projects.

Andrea (Mky)

Instagram: @i.am.mky

We’re big fans of anyone that can take simple words and turn them into a work of art – for wordsmiths, it’s like the perfect two-fer. Romanian designer Mky’s specialty is in crafting incredibly stunning logo design and lettering. With cute fonts, design accents, and color choices, she’s got a great style that really has a voice of its own.

José Parlá

Instagram: @joseparla

José Parlá is a fairly well-known graffiti artist, street artist, and muralist that we’ve been keeping up with. His use of cotton candy color schemes, fluffy paint swatches, minimalistic detail and dreamlike style, we wish we could hire him to paint up our office walls. For now, we’ll just visit his Instagram page to get daily motivation that inspires a deep breath.

Katie Daisy

Instagram: @katiedaisy_artist

Katie Daisy’s name is perhaps the most perfect name matchup in history. With her passion for painting large, vibrant wildflowers and other bits and pieces of nature, she certainly lives up to the name. With beautiful detail and often large-scale works, Katie’s paintings make you feel as though you’re in a crisp and clean meadow.

Juliana Horner

Instagram: @claropsyche / @vesperucca

Who said makeup art wasn’t inspirational? Juliana Horner’s bright, color-popping makeup looks are the refreshing boost we need in the morning. While never able to replace the energy burst that coffee brings, her innovative and creative makeup looks are bold, daring, and absolutely beautiful. Also, how does she do those seamless lines?!

 

What artists, designers, or creatives are you into right now? Let us know in the comments below. You can also see all of our other designer shout-outs here!

Oliver’s Earbuzz: All of Our Q1 Favorites (So Far…)

Music makes our marketing brains smarter – it’s, like, a fact.

Well…if it doesn’t make us smarter, we at least know that music helps keep us in the zone and motivated through the long remote work days. Honestly, if we had to power through each day without some sweet, sweet tunes, our lives would be much more lonely and our tedious tasks not nearly as fun or approachable. While our tastes change with the constant tide of new music being released, here’s a playlist of what we’ve had on repeat since the start of the year.

What’s your favorite song at the moment – a true banger? A jazzy number? Something a little more classic?

Drop us what tracks are keeping you going during the work day on Twitter and we’ll include it in our next playlist!