ZERO: The End of Prostate Cancer

ZERO (the second largest prostate cancer awareness organization in the country) came to WK.12 (Wieden+Kennedy's experiment disguised as a school disguised as an agency) with a problem. Prostate cancer affects as many people as breast cancer does but it doesn't receive anywhere near the same amount of attention. ZERO wanted to change that and bring prostate cancer into the national conversation.

We realized that our problem was bigger than just prostate cancer awareness; we had to start with an anatomy lesson. While many people have heard of prostate cancer; most of them couldn’t tell you where the prostate is or what function it serves. In fact, I used to be one of those people. It turns out the prostate's located right next to your bladder and it cranks out semen. We wanted to find a compelling way to educate Americans about their own body while recommending healthy habits and regular testing. And as usual with WK.12, we had to run this national campaign with a tiny budget.

We launched the campaign with a series of print ads I wrote that ran in an array of free daily newspapers in New York:

Since the prostate is pretty indispensable when it comes to making babies we decided to take over Father's Day 2012 and turn it into Prostate Day. I wrote and animated (and taught myself to animate in the process) a series of web videos and pre-rolls to let America know about our takeover:

The Prostate also took over ZERO's twitter, facebook and website to encourage all internet citizens to spread his cantankerous gospel. I rewrote the website and a range of social media updates:

We also convinced our client to send all of WK.12 to NY where we appeared on NBC's Today Show and hit the streets with a series of postcards I wrote:

We sent out influencer kits to bloggers, journalists and celebrities. Thirty prominent individuals across the country opened up our branded box containing a life-size talking Prostate that addressed each influencer by name.

All collateral also included a toll-free number to 'call your Prostate.' Callers were treated to an array of helpful tips, songs and tough love (written by me) from their favorite gland:

The campaign attracted a lot of media attention and our Prostate got written up on Huffington Post, Everyday Health, Media Bistro and many other sites.