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Goodwill and the Ad Council ask people to ‘Bring Good Home’ to support communities


By Kyle O'Brien, Creative Works Editor

September 13, 2018 | 4 min read

Goodwill is more than just a thrift store. It’s also a place people go to for job training and placement. The ‘Bring Good Home’ campaign by the Ad Council emphasizes that point.

Goodwill Get It

Goodwill's 'Get It' campaign

The campaign is meant to inspire more Americans to shop at Goodwill to support its mission of job placement and training in local communities across the country.

The new PSAs, created pro bono by Digitas, showcase the variety of unique finds available at Goodwill stores, and celebrate Goodwill shoppers for supporting job skills training and development programs in their local areas through their purchases. Collectively, more than 87 cents of every dollar spent at Goodwill stores nationwide goes to job training and support services for careers in demand in their local area, including information technology, hospitality, retail, manufacturing and healthcare.

In one spot, a woman is shown shopping at a Goodwill thrift store. She picks up a kitten-shaped teapot and ponders whether or not to buy it. A fellow shopper urges her to “get it.” As she thinks it over, we see that she is being watched by people all over, at home, in a bar, in the store, all telling her to get it as well. When she puts it down, there is an overall groan of disappointment. When she then turns and picks it back up to purchase it, cheers ring out loudly. The voice over states that when you buy something at Goodwill, you give your whole town a reason to celebrate.

Goodwill’s network of 161 community-based organizations collectively prepare nearly 300,000 people each year for new jobs and career advancement.

“People love shopping at Goodwill for the great value and unique items,” said Kim Zimmer, chief marketing officer for Goodwill Industries International. “This campaign also makes more people aware that when you shop at Goodwill, you create programs and support services like on-the-job training, resume and interview preparation, career coaching, transportation assistance, child care and more.”

The PSAs will be available in all ad formats, including national print PSAs which feature real Goodwill shoppers with their favorite finds. Community Goodwill organizations will also customize the print and digital PSAs to feature local shoppers and highlight how their purchases help their neighbors who are unemployed or underemployed.

“With ‘Bring Good Home,’ our team wanted to depict the fact that there’s no small find at a Goodwill thrift store,” said Atit Shah, chief creative officer for Digitas North America. “People don’t realize that buying that ironic T-shirt or kitten-shaped teapot at a Goodwill store actually fuels local job training and career opportunities right in their community. You’re actually adding to the neighborhood fabric, and giving your whole town a reason to cheer.”

Lisa Sherman, president and chief executive of the Ad Council, stated: “In the five years since we started our partnership with Goodwill, our PSAs have driven more than 360 million pounds of donations, benefiting countless individuals. 'Bring Good Home’ takes our campaign in a new direction with heartwarming ads that celebrate shoppers for helping their neighbors who face challenges to finding employment.”

The campaign will be extended in stores and on social media with activations encouraging shoppers to show off their best finds with the hashtag #BringGoodHome. Leading digital content creators have also signed on to support the campaign, including decorator and lifestyle expert Mary Elizabeth Darling; beauty, fashion and lifestyle vlogger and founder of fashion label Eggie Jenn Im; creator and tastemaker Kristin Johns; content creator Anna Lee; YouTuber Jessica Neistadt and YouTuber Emily Wass.

Goodwill: advert-body-1 by Digitas & The Ad Council

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