Finally Someone Gets What Mornings Are Really Like For Working Women.

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The milk protein shake Organic Balance is targeting active women who don’t have time for breakfast with an ad campaign that features the real life, less-than-blessed early hours of the typical working female.

Organic Balance Seize The Cray

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Organic Valley surveyed 1,000 professional women to see what their mornings were really like, asking them to come clean with the ugly truth. With the help of ad agency Humanaut, they turned the results into an integrated ad campaign whose 90 second tv commercial expresses, in an honest and humorous way, how real working women begin their day.

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The nutritious organic shake, from the farmer-owned cooperative Organic Valley, comes with 16 grams of organic milk protein and half the recommended daily allowance of calcium in a convenient ready-to-drink bottle that lets time-strapped women “seize the cray.”

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“The Organic Balance Real Morning Report” is an integrated digital campaign created by Humanaut, an advertising agency based in Chattanooga, Tennessee, that will handle all creative development and execution. The fodder for the quirky work is a survey showing how real women contrast with those idealized portrayals we all see on TV and in social-media profiles.

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Organic Valley’s Real Morning Report encourages people to contribute to the study with a multiple choice survey which when answered reveals a fact. Answer ten questions and you will receive a free Organic Balance protein shake.

The surprising and sometimes hilarious findings are irresistibly shareable. SoundView Research conducted the initial scientific poll in February 2016 among 1,000 American women ages 25 to 54 who work full time.

The Organic Balance Morning Report aims to reveal secret truths about women’s a.m. habits. Its purpose is to deflate the myth of the perfect woman—as seen on TV, Facebook and Instagram—and start a real conversation about all the craziness that modern life entails, whether that be answering business emails on the toilet or wearing the same bra for five days or more—which 26% of women have done, according to the study. Additional Morning Report findings show that working women today embrace their crazy lives, but they’re always on the lookout for better life pro tips and hacks.

The 411 on WTF moments: 58% of women will swear at someone or something this a.m.

Accessory after the splat: 21% have used an article of clothing to camouflage a stain.

Uber and chow: 79% admit to eating breakfast in a moving vehicle.

TGIM? Hell, no: Only 16% would ever describe their morning with the hashtag #blessed.

Maid, not made: 33% never make their bed—ever.

Blowouts before Bagels: Hair, shower and makeup outrank breakfast in order of importance.

Airing/Wearing their dirty laundry: 36% will knowingly re-wear dirty laundry this month. 88% will wear jeans more than once without washing them. Duh.

Penicillin, schmenicillin: 9% cite dry shampoo as among the greatest inventions of the 20th century.

In addition to the report and site,, the effort kicks off with a 90-second video that spoofs the beautifully balanced modern woman who has it all—you know, that serene, jargon-spouting, upscale, hippie-chic, urban prototype seen in about 99% of commercials. It opens with a peaceful woman doing yoga in a sun-drenched loft and transitions to another journaling in her pajamas. But then, things get interesting as the scene abruptly shifts from fantasy mornings to the everyday experience of real women.

“According to science, most professional woman don’t have time for any of that,” states a woman while brushing her teeth. Do you know what 100% do have time for? “An organic breakfast in a bottle,” answers another woman, while drinking an Organic Balance in a speeding cab.

Organic Valley had a viral hit in 2015 with “Save the Bros,” a campaign that promoted Organic Valley’s Organic Fuel protein recovery shake, which is now #1 in the category. The effort helped the co-op become the first billion-dollar organic food company.

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About Humanaut
Humanaut is a Brand Invention Agency founded in 2013 and based in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Humanaut works with established clients and startups to launch new products, build brands and product experiences from scratch and develop non-traditional marketing campaigns. Humanaut has collaborated with SodaStream, Lyft, Gaia Herbs, Alouette, Friends of the Earth, and Organic Valley, and is an equity partner in several startups, including Felt. For more information, visit

About Organic Valley
Founded in 1988, Organic Valley is America’s largest cooperative of organic farmers and one of the nation’s leading organic brands, representing approximately 1,800 farmers in 36 states. Focused on its founding mission of saving family farms through organic farming, Organic Valley produces a variety of organic foods, including organic milk, soy, cheese, butter, spreads, creams, eggs, and produce, which are sold in supermarkets, natural-food stores and food cooperatives nationwide. With its regional model, milk is produced, bottled and distributed right in the region where it is farmed to ensure fewer miles from farm to table and to support our local economies. For further information, visit Organic Valley is also on Twitter @OrganicValley and Facebook at

A special shout out to Susan Radke-Toomey for bringing this to my attention.