Dove cleanses negative Facebook apps
Personal care brand Dove launched a new app that allows you to replace Facebook ads and sponsored stories with compliments and women-empowering quotes.
Why it matters
This app is a clever way to get rid of negative online ads that encourage women to transform their bodies and it will certainly draw criticism and complaints from some advertisers. But considering the huge amount of online advertising that reinforces negative body stereotypes, will other brands rush to produce this type of app that spreads positivity – no matter the category?
The Department of Health of Chile launched a new breast cancer prevention campaign named “Por amor a las tetas” (For the love of boobs).
The idea’s originality isn’t based on the campaign’s name; it’s on its target. The online and TV campaigns are targeted to men, not women – the usual target. Using the claim “if we like them so much we have to take care of them”, the idea is to make men aware of breast cancer and ultimately encourage their other halves to do preventative tests.
By using state-of-the-art morphing technology, health researchers are able to produce images of how smokers may look in the future if they continue to smoke, highlighting increased wrinkles and poorer skin complexion. The majority of participants to date have said they will quit smoking as a direct consequence of seeing the impact on their appearance.