January 8, 2014

I spend a lot of time reading, advising on and blogging about misleading advertising (i.e., campaigns gone wrong) and contests.  As such, it’s refreshing to see an effort to increase truth in advertising.  In this regard, this interesting Advertising Standards Canada (ASC) contest for its new “Truth in Advertising Matters” campaign caught my eye.  The ASC has launched a student competition (i.e., contest) to generate the creative for its new campaign, with scholarship prizes to be awarded and a $10,000 first prize.

From the ASC:

“Using the theme Truth in Advertising Matters, entrants will submit three creative executions: (1) 30-second TV PSA (pdf of storyboard or script is also acceptable); (2) 30-second radio PSA (pdf of script is also acceptable); and (3) print creative that can be adapted for out-of-home or online media.

The competition will not only provide ASC with unique and fresh PSA creative, but will also raise awareness of ASC and industry’s commitment to advertising that is truthful, fair and accurate among the next generation of advertisers and marketers. …

Participants are asked to carefully review the rules and regulations and creative brief before submitting their creative.  Submissions will also be reviewed against the provisions of the Canadian Code of Advertising Standards (Code).

Students can submit their creative between January 27, 2014, and March 4, 2014. All submissions that meet an initial screening against the Code and comply with the rules and regulations will be posted online at for public voting. The 20 finalists from public voting will be evaluated by an expert panel of judges to determine the five winners. Winners will receive cash scholarship prizes, with a first prize of $10,000. Updates about the contest will be provided through the website, Facebook and Twitter.”

For more information see: ASC Creative Competition: Truth in Advertising Matters.



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