BBDO Toronto and production company Crush have created a controversial spot, “Not-The-Sac Wax,” to raise awareness of testicular cancer. The video featuring grimaces of men as they are getting their genital hair waxed (the process itself is off the screen). The spot has been released as part of the campaign launched by Testicular Cancer Canada to drive more attention to male health.

Contagious Magazine has released its annual report, Most Contagious, to highlight the technologies, trends and innovations that have been influencing and changing the marketing industry throughout the past 12 months. This year’s issue is a 96-page book that reflects on the most game-changing moments and presents the year of 2013 in an easy-to-follow condensed format. Find the summary of the round-up below.

Following its emotional “Likes don’t save lives” campaign, UNICEF Sweden continues communicating the message of how important monetary support is. The new effort “The Good Guys Christmas” launched just in the middle of the gift season, features three iconic good-doers Jesus, Mother Teresa and Gandhi as well as a guy who was honoured to join the Christmas dinner with the greatest philanthropist of all times by just clicking a UNICEF banner and buying medications for kids online.

Harvey Nichols, the UK’s upmarket department store, has launched a tongue-in-cheek campaign to inspire customers to spend less on Christmas gifts for others in order to save more money and buy pricy gifts for themselves. The effort taglined “Sorry I Spent It On Myself” is developed by adam&eveDDB—it includes a TV spot and a range of low-cost retail items with a self-indulgent explanation on the packaging.

Skittles encourages its Canadian fans aged 13 and older to touch the rainbow and become a millionaire. The Wrigley-owned confectionary brand, known for its bizarre commercials, launches a new competition Get Skittles Rich by BBDO, Toronto—it calls the participants to share the contagious video of the contest and inspire their friends to do the same.

The footwear brand Geox proved the ultimate water resistance of its shoes with Amphibiox technology with an unprecedented experiment. The manufacturer teamed up with Norwegian agency SMFB for a seven-day test that put Geox’s waterproof shoes under extreme conditions of non-stop raining. There were seven pairs of shoes and one brave man participating in the experience that was filmed in Barcelona’s urban settings.

Chipotle, an international Mexican food chain, is taking on the artificial food producers, Big Food, in the new ironical promotion, The Scarecrow. The brand, targeting Gen Y, has chosen a cartoon-based visual approach to communicate its sustainable philosophy through a 3½-minute animated video ad as well as a downloadable game. Interestingly enough, the promotional elements have virtually no branding—the chain’s logo appears only in the intro of the game and in the end of the spot, so that it contributes not to Chipotle only, but to the healthy eating standards in general.