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Banana Republic surprises New Yorkers with #sharehappy deliveries

Banana Republic brought happiness to New Yorkers today – literally – with a social-media-meets-real-world campaign that saw surprise deliveries sent all around Manhattan.

Tied to the promotion of its new Marimekko collaboration collection (launching online and in stores on Thursday, May 22), the US retailer invited its following to tweet with the hashtag #sharehappy to be in with the chance of sending a special treat to a friend. Users were directed to Sharehappyny.com to fill out a short form with their own name, email address (nice data collection there) and the address of their buddy.

All over Manhattan deliveries of cupcakes from Baked by Melissa and balloons were then made, accompanied by a little notecard saying: “Here’s a little something to make you smile.” Recipients were also encouraged to tweet and share the love with a “pay it forward to someone you love” call to action.

The likes of Olivia Palermo and Eva Chen also got involved, sending back snaps of themselves with their goodies. Check out some of the content below, including a Wear Happy video for the Marimekko line at the bottom…

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Oasis invites consumers to #springasmile with virtual good deed generator

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Spring cheer is in the air over at Oasis just in time for Easter, with a new campaign encouraging consumers to undertake simple acts of kindness in a bid to make people smile.

The UK-based retailer has introduced a virtual good deed generator at springasmile.com that inspires users with ideas for things they could do through a slot machine-like experience. At the click of a button (spin), keywords like ‘buy’, ‘give’ and ‘make’ are surfaced in the left hand window, alongside ‘someone flowers’ through to ‘coffee for the next person in line’ on the right.

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Once achieved, the user is invited to nominate three friends to do the same via Facebook or Twitter before they receive a plaque stating what they’ve pledged. Oasis refers to this as the “perfect way to pay it forward and raise a smile amongst even the grumpiest of friends”.

The site also encourages users to revisit and upload a photo or video of their #springasmile in action into the “good deeds album”. All round, it’s a lovely and very sweet experience.

Side note – some of the early tweets around #springasmile come from employees at the company. If anyone thought this was a campaign just for external consumption you’d be wrong. The positive effect it’s seemingly had internally is impressive. One such comment: “Even though I had a crazy day and left 2 hours after eveyone else I had the best day! Can’t stop grinning :D… Thats when you know you’ve chosen the right career and you work for lovely people! #springasmile.”

Below too is what the head office therefore looked like this week (Image credit: @AmieMartin_). A winner through and through…

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Kohl’s goes for emotion in Holiday Surprise campaign

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Call me a softie, but Holiday Surprise from Kohl’s is one of my favourite campaigns this Christmas.

Based on the very festive theme of kindness, it’s a simple 30-second spot that sees a young couple rushing to decorate their elderly neighbour’s apartment before she returns to the building. It cleverly tugs on the heartstrings of all those viewing when it ends with a shot of the expression on her face once she does so.

Set to a cover version of Bob Dylan’s Forever Young, the lyrics set the tone: “May your wishes all come true. May you always do for others. And let others do for you.”

It’s a different move for the retailer, which, like many of its counterparts, usually focuses heavily on promotional messaging at this time of year. As AdAge reported, this emotional broadcast is in a bid to “stand out from the promotional maelstrom of the season”. While Kohl’s is still pushing its discounting alongside, this ‘brand’ spot layered in aims to be disruptive in a different way, said its chief customer officer, Michelle Gass. “We know what people remember are the moments of giving,” she said.

Though there are yet to be any postings, Kohl’s is also inviting consumers to share their stories of kindness over social media with the hashtag #ShowKindness.