New Stuff and Inspiration
Generation Z, we now dub you Generation Wild.
Kids today spend less time outdoors than any other generation.
In fact, they only spend an average of 4-7 minutes a day outside in unstructured play. While that does mean they’re doing a great job of keeping off our lawns, it’s not so great for their health and happiness. Our friends at Great Outdoors Colorado, an organization that builds parks and trails around the state, were brave enough to take on this tremendous challenge, and they called on us to help. They challenged us to do something that had never been done before: create a campaign that would inspire kids to want to trade their phones and tablets for rocks and stinkbugs.
So we devised a plan to change this generation of kids, to turn them from Generation Z, a generation known for being helplessly addicted to their devices, into Generation Wild, a generation known for loving nature and enjoying the outdoors.
In order to accomplish this, we had to first identify who could help us make this change in kids. We uncovered that moms were our secret weapon in getting kids out the door. Within their families, they are the instigators, schedulers and planners that hold everything together and make things happen. So we conducted ethnographic research with moms from across the state to learn more.
For weeks, we met with moms from all types of cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds in their living rooms and backyards to understand their perspective. And what we found was that moms connected their own memories and experiences to the outdoors and already understood all the benefits that being outside had for their kids. The issue was finding the time and energy, as well as getting over any misperceptions of the outdoors they might have. Their lives were already packed full of responsibilities and commitments. Practices. School events. Countless other activities. What they needed was some inspiration and a little bit of help to make it more attainable.
Our idea was to make life easy on moms and remind them that getting your kids to enjoy nature doesn’t require a trip to the mountains; it’s right outside your door. Plus, to get kids interested, we would show off just how fun the outdoors can be. We launched Generation Wild with an enticing bucket list of things to do outside called 100 Things to Do Before You’re 12. Because while there are millions of amazing things to do outside, there are 100 things that you’ve absolutely gotta try when you’re a kid. It was the perfect way to give kids a taste of how fun the outdoors can be and inspire a lifelong love of nature in them.
To introduce Generation Wild and 100 Things to Do Before You’re 12, we created an integrated statewide campaign.
With the help of artists from Belgium, Israel, Toronto, NYC, and right here in Colorado, we created seven 15-second TV spots. The first spot introduced Generation Wild and the other spots each highlighted a different task from the list.
We also put up billboards and interactive bus shelter installations that helped kids tick things off the list.
And of course, we hit parents where they are most, social media.
As it turned out, GOCO wasn’t the only organization that loved Generation Wild. We recruited more than 50 others to join the cause, including the U.S. Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy, REI, Cabela’s and Colorado State Libraries.
Your move, Minecraft.
It didn’t rain every day in Denver this May. It just seemed like it.
People get why we should conserve water when we’re in a dry spell. But what do we tell them when it’s coming down in buckets?
We tell them an indisputable truth. How much water we get isn’t up to us, it’s up to nature. Water is a non-renewable resource we shouldn’t waste no matter what the weather.
We can’t make the stuff. But we can make that point. And to do it, we used almost 6,000 Legos, over 2,000 square inches of Blue Model Magic clay and 255 yards of string to create stuff that looks like water.
Artistic, yes. Thirst quenching, no.
It’s an urban art show, the first of its kind in Denver, on display in bus shelters throughout the city.
They’re eye catching. They’re getting talked about. And they’re helping demonstrate that even after 9 years, Sukle is still finding great ways to remind people to please, use only what you need.
Location: Colorado Blvd and Exposition Ave Denver, CO
Fiberglass and molding clay sculpture
Description: 30 packets of Crayola® Model Magic® affixed to a fiberglass mold.
Water Drop #2
Location: 9th and Lincoln Denver, CO
Post-it® notes on particle board
Description: 243 pink and 102 blue Post-it® notes.
Water Drop #1
Location: 21st and California Denver, CO
Embroidery thread on particle board.
Description: 7 different colors of embroidery thread and custom nails.
Location: 71st and Tower Road Denver, CO
LEGO® on particle board
Description: 7 different sizes of LEGOs totaling 5,000 in all.
Location: Arapahoe and Adams Centennial, CO
Sprinkler and embroidery thread on particle board.
Description: 75 individual strings in 3 layers, using 10 different colors, emerge from an actual sprinkler.
Glass of Water #1
Location: Kipling and Jewell Lakewood, CO
Stained wood on maple board
Description: Made from maple wood held together with wood glue.
Location: Colorado Blvd and Virginia Ave Denver, CO
Knitted and crocheted yarn
Description: A 90-foot knitted stream of water made from 14 skeins of yarn on a crocheted background, emerging from an actual metal spigot.
Water Drop #3
Location: Kipling and Bowles Littleton, CO
Crushed aluminum cans on particle board and vinyl
Description: 123 cans attached with nails.
Location: Alameda and Pierce Lakewood, CO
Colored pencil sculpture on particle board.
Description: 17 different colors for a total of 1700 pencils, all sharped to the exact same length and attached with Gorilla Glue.
Glass of Water #2
Location: Kipling and Ken Caryl Littleton, CO
Post-it® notes on particle board
Description: 345 Post-it® notes used, blue, dark blue, yellow
Street artist Daan Botlek seems to know how advertising creatives feel
Street artist and illustrator Daan Botlek is based in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and it almost seems like he gets the game we creatives go through on a daily basis, searching for a fresh insight. We often must shed our preconceived notions and look deep within ourselves, or others, to get to that one great idea that really sings. And sometimes getting there feels like you’ve been flattened by a rock.
Dogs are neat
Typicall, there’s a few pooches strolling the grounds here at Sukle, so we’re always pleased to come across some visually stunning work that includes them. Hence our posting of this video that’s a tease for the book Shake. The book is filled with hilarious shots of dogs mid-shake, drool a-flyin.
My, how the neighborhood has changed
We used to find Mad Dog 20/20, then Colt 45 on the stoop when we’d come in. Next, it graduated to PBR. Nowadays, this is the kinda stuff we’ll find when we get here in the am. Just a sign of how much this neighborhood has changed in the 12 years we’ve been in this building.
Seinfeld fans and whiskey
When Sienfeld was running, just about every American between the ages of 14 and 65 was a fan. You couldn’t go anywhere without hearing a reference (no soup for you!) to some character on the show. So, bringing Jackie Chiles into the marketing for the release of Jim Beam’s new product, Jim Beam Honey, should be fun for a lot of folks. The idea is that the bears are stealing all the honey that Jim Beam needs to make their new spirit, so Jackie will be brought on as legal council to sue the bears for stealing the honey. We’ll be looking for these ads, they should be pretty funny.
Ned Breslin's story: becoming a social entrepreneur
At Sukle, we are grateful to have the opportunity to work with visionary clients — people who know that to make change in the world, you’re going to come across a few roadblocks. One such client is Ned Breslin, CEO of Water For People. Ned attributes his success as a social entrepreneur to lessons he learned in the mosh pit. Listen to the entire story of his path from punk rocker to social entrepreneur in the first installment of his podcast series called “The Social Disruptors.” Ned’s approach to storytelling is unexpected, and very real. Have a listen for yourself.
Ned Breslin received the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship in 2011. Water For People and Breslin were honored for their work in creating sustainable, locally-maintained water and sanitation solutions in developing countries.
Congrats to our friends at Noodles & Company
Recently they went public and their stock price promptly doubled.
Our relationship with Noodles & Company started in 1998, when Aaron Kennedy, the founder, hired Sukle to create an engaging brand for his concept. The restaurant chain had just two locations and we were a young agency, hungry to make our mark. We didn’t care that the budgets were small. In fact, their very first noodle doodle ads were created by scanning dried pasta on our flatbed scanner. Over the course of the next 10 years, they grew and we grew with them. Noodles grew from two restaurants to over 200. The budgets got larger and the work better.
Many of our philosophies about marketing, media and brand momentum were developed from working with Aaron and his talented team. It was a great ride. We’ll always be fans of Noodles & Company and wish them continued success.