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The two lovable locals that anchor Kona Brewing’s Dear Mainland campaign are about to hit the court and the big time in a series of new spots running for the first time nationally during this year’s March Madness.

After gently correcting us hapless Haoles in markets on both coasts, the brothers are ready to tackle all of the Mainland. Expect to see them throughout the tourney, including featured spots in all Elite 8 games, along with showings in the Final Four. We even dusted off an old chestnut for the National Championship because of its reference to Monday.

In a down beer market, Kona continues to outpace the category with significant growth over the last five years, thanks, in no small part, to two locals with a simple reminder: One life, right?

Today marks the launch of DC’s latest campaign for the California Tobacco Control Program and our first since landing a new five-year contract. The work exposes the tobacco industry’s latest deception: using flavors and e-cigarette products that masquerade as snacks and flash drives to hook kids when their brains are most susceptible to addiction. Four out of five kids who’ve used tobacco started with a flavored product.

The country’s largest-ever campaign to take on flavored tobacco includes TV, digital video, radio, and OOH launching April 24 in all 14 markets across California, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and Sacramento. The campaign will include creative in Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean, Vietnamese and Tagalog, produced with Acento and APartnership, as well as a San Francisco BART station takeover and two painted walls in Los Angeles. See more at FlavorsHookKids.org.

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One of the cooler new parts of the already pretty cool media plan DC created for Kona Brewing’s 2017 push is a special integrated program with CBS. In addition to our regular spots running during their highly rated Thursday (aka “Little Friday”) primetime lineup, CBS and DC also created special California spots shot on location in LA, Orange County, San Diego, Sacramento and San Francisco. The Hawaiian and Californian spots will run in tandem and also live on local CBS websites. Watch as our brothers spread their island wisdom across the Golden State.

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Esurance was born in the irrational exuberance of the dotcom bubble, with ads featuring an animated super-agent. So it’s not surprising its products succeeded with a youth demo or that, a decade later, focus-groupers dubbed it “cartoon car insurance.” The challenge was to rebrand for a more affluent, discerning customer, to portray a brand that was human, while epitomizing modern convenience, simplicity and stability.

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New name. New logo. New brand. The mission of the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority is to promote tourism on the south side of the famous lake, which encompasses outdoor fun in the snow and sun, as well as indoor fun at restaurants, bars and Nevada casinos. Shedding their historic discomfort with this dichotomy, the renamed Tahoe South client was convinced to embrace its wild side, even as its new mark retained flavorful aspects of its Sierra heritage.

A couple of Hawaiian brothers offer some island wisdom to overworked mainlanders. “One life, right? Don’t blow it.”

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Every modern media consumer knows that the asterisk on an ad represents missing or even misleading information — basically, it’s a red flag. In this case, the asterisk sums up the giant holes in consumers’ knowledge about vaping. The richly ominous — yet contemporary — colors carry their own caveat message, as does the mysterious, stripped-down photography.

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