Melyssa Brown
Marketing + Strategy + Events
A Puppy is Not A Product

SameDayPups | The Humane Society

Public Relations, Strategy

Ever since the Internet became a place to buy products, puppy mill operators have become savvy at selling dogs online—even with next day delivery. And people looking to bring pets into their families are simply not aware that they are perpetuating a system of inhumane puppy mills operated by breeders with no regard for animal welfare.

The campaign aimed to educate prospective puppy buyers by showing the absurdity of treating puppies like products. At the center of the effort was a fictional service offering same-day delivery of puppies via drone. We gave it an adorable fake promotional video, a slick website (SameDayPups.com) and real paid media that drove prospective puppy purchasers to the site.

A Puppy is Not A Product

Since the rise of Amazon and e-commerce, puppy mill operators have become savvy at selling dogs online—even with next day delivery. The Humane Society of the United States needed a way to fight back, and educate people that they are (often inadvertently) perpetuating a system of inhumane puppy mills operated by breeders with no regard for animal welfare.

 The strategic insight: out with Sarah McLachlan, in with the drones.   It all began with a    viral Facebook video    for SameDayPups.com, a new startup that would deliver the adorable puppy of your choice to your door with a drone on the very day of your purchase. Real paid media drove prospective puppy buyers to the site, as well.

The strategic insight: out with Sarah McLachlan, in with the drones.

It all began with a viral Facebook video for SameDayPups.com, a new startup that would deliver the adorable puppy of your choice to your door with a drone on the very day of your purchase. Real paid media drove prospective puppy buyers to the site, as well.

  After a few days of suspense (and for those who didn’t “get it” right away--outrage), we led with a bevy of PR and social media to reveal that the Humane Society was behind the stunt, and that the startup was, of course, fake. It was all to call attention to absurdity of treating puppies like products in the face of our commerce of convenience.      Select PR hits included:    Upworthy   ,    Fast Co.Create   ,    Advertising Age   ,    Adweek   ,    Campaign   ,    Mediapost   , among many others.

After a few days of suspense (and for those who didn’t “get it” right away--outrage), we led with a bevy of PR and social media to reveal that the Humane Society was behind the stunt, and that the startup was, of course, fake. It was all to call attention to absurdity of treating puppies like products in the face of our commerce of convenience.

Select PR hits included: Upworthy, Fast Co.Create, Advertising Age, Adweek, Campaign, Mediapost, among many others.

  To everyday Internet users, it all looked real. But once people landed on    SameDayPups.com    and clicked, or tried to navigate deeper into the site, they were met with the truth about puppy mills, and were redirected to    DontBuyIntoPuppyMills.com   , which educated consumers on how to ethically obtain a puppy. Love the puppy, hate the mill.

To everyday Internet users, it all looked real. But once people landed on SameDayPups.com and clicked, or tried to navigate deeper into the site, they were met with the truth about puppy mills, and were redirected to DontBuyIntoPuppyMills.com, which educated consumers on how to ethically obtain a puppy. Love the puppy, hate the mill.

  In one month, SameDayPups saw   5.6 million video views   across Facebook and YouTube and   30+ million   media impressions  . Search ads for SameDayPups.com dominated the results of the most popular online puppy-buying keywords.   And most importantly, thousands of possible puppy mill purchases were intercepted. and millions were educated about the new digital face of the mills.    Services: Public Relations, Strategy

In one month, SameDayPups saw 5.6 million video views across Facebook and YouTube and 30+ million media impressions. Search ads for SameDayPups.com dominated the results of the most popular online puppy-buying keywords. And most importantly, thousands of possible puppy mill purchases were intercepted. and millions were educated about the new digital face of the mills.

Services: Public Relations, Strategy