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Working in social media over the years, I thought I had a handle on wacky holiday occasions and memes. That is, until I moved to London and was introduced to #EdBallsDay. Morning all and Happy Ed Balls Day. Just spotted this at Balham. #EdBallsDay pic.twitter.com/rN6Rm5fiQN — Andy Lang (@HRH_Duke_of_Url) April 28, 2015 So, what exactly is #EdBallsDay? It’s both a day and a person.
While cinemagraphs aren’t exactly new, more companies are embracing the power of these mesmerizing GIF/video hybrids to generate engagement on Facebook and Instagram. Partly due to their creative nature, but also in response to Facebook’s autoplay video and Instagram’s ability to play videos on a loop, the end result offers a powerful incentive to test this medium in your visual content mix.
Leading into the Super Bowl, Newcastle Brown Ale generated headlines in many publications (including this fabulous blog) for innovatively testing brand-to-brand crowdfunding to help pay for and appear in the company’s coveted “Big Game” ad. Called “Band of Brands,” the goal was to produce, “The most exciting, most jam-packed, most fiscally responsible big game ad ever.
) So, will it work? It wouldn’t be surprising for this initiative to pique the interest of similarly-sized brands, as the publicity around this has been strong. There’s something inspiring about a few brands with smaller marketing budgets coming together for their moment in the spotlight at the Super Bowl. However, publicity will only go so f ...
) Image via BBC Instagram Look closely at the videos, and they all have a consistent branding and structure. Each has an intro tile with the headline for the video, which is eye-catching and quickly communicates the topic covered. Watch the video, and each story is covered in a quick yet effective manner that is in line with the tone of a longer-form piece.
Social Media Case Studies BMW Takes a Page from Snapchat in New Snowchat Campaign by Jessica Gioglio Leave a Comment Still sending “Happy Holidays” or “Happy New Year” messages out? If so, this campaign is for you! To celebrate the holidays and New Year, BMW is offering fans a unique way to send festive five second greetings with the Snowchat campaign.
For anyone who has ever received a holiday gift that was so far off the mark, this one’s for you. Inspired by “rubbish gifts,” UK-based luxury fashion retailer Harvey Nichols has launched a new campaign called, “Could I Be Any Clearer?” While the goal is to help its customers get exactly what they want, the campaign is a prime example of useful marketing.
Social Media Case Studies How to Put the Customer First With Human Marketing by Jessica Gioglio Leave a Comment The best stories are often deeply personal. This sentiment is exemplified in KLM’s new “Cover Greetings” video. Filmed at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, the video showcases how KLM surprised passengers with something special and unexpected – handwritten messages from loved ones.
ABC World News Tonight with David Muir is debuting #TheOneThing Facecast, a one-minute newscast produced exclusively for Facebook. In the newscast, Muir shares a roundup of the top news stories and trending topics for the day in an abbreviated, snackable format. While ABC certainly is not the first news outlet to develop a newscast specifically for social media, what’s exciti ...
Land Rover’s recent debut of The Vanishing Game, a 17,000 word story by British novelist and screenwriter, William Boyd, takes the concept of brand storytelling to exciting new levels. The story, which describes a driving adventure from London to the southern tip of Skye in Scotland, is hosted on a dedicated Tumblr blog, but is also available across various tablets and iBook for free.
Image via AdAge With more content shared across digital and social media channels than ever before, companies like Mondelez, Marriott, and GE are re-thinking how great stories come to life. From offering a free place to stay in exchange for original content, to building dedicated content studios and partnering with creators, these companies are showcasing the value of re-eva ...
photo credit: Indiana Public Media via cc What does Hoosier Nation mean to you? Indiana University Athletics posed this question in a tweet over the summer to its passionate fans, curious to see how they would respond. Open-ended, simple and to the point, Indiana University Athletics would soon find out that sometimes a simple question can generate answers compelling enough ...
Image via BigStockPhoto.com Pretend for a moment that you’re Taylor Swift, a megastar with a highly anticipated new album. You have more than your fair share of opportunities to generate buzz and publicity for your new album. Life is good, right? For most celebrities, yes. But, not Taylor Swift.
With Halloween on the horizon, it’s no surprise that marketers are embracing their ghoulish side. One such marketer, Fandango, is joining forces with the new film Ouija to host a “Scare Off” Instagram video contest inspired by popular horror movie moments. To enter, fans are challenged with creating an original Instagram video inspired by a favorite horror movie moment with ...
Imagine this: You’re waiting for your subway train. Just as the train arrives, a seemingly static billboard of a young woman with long hair comes to life and starts to blow around. It’s as if the wind generated from the train arrival is propelling the action. Interesting, right? It gets better. To fully experience the message, watch the video below. The end result is powerful.
Social Media Case Studies The New Yorker Illustrates the Art of the GIF With First-Ever Animated Cover Jessica Gioglio Leave a Comment Known for its artistic and unpredictable covers, The New Yorker is generating headlines this week with the debut of its first-ever animated GIF cover on its website and mobile applications.
At this year’s INBOUND and FutureM conference in Boston, Ekaterina Walter of Sprinklr delivered a real-time marketing talk that was one of the more buzzed about presentations. And for good reason – marketers understand the value of real-time marketing, yet many are still trying to set themselves up for success.
Social Media Case Studies Burt’s Bees Turns To Social Media Community To Host Global Beeday Celebration by Jessica Gioglio Leave a Comment To celebrate its 30th birthday, Burt’s Bees took to Facebook and Twitter on September 17th to host a Global Beeday celebration with its community. Featuring happy birthday wishes from the Burt’s Bees community read by company founder Bur ...
Although Labor Day is not the official end of summer, it does cause us to reflect on some of the season’s best memories. And, for the Convince & Convert blog, that can only mean one thing – a summer social media #TBT. Inspired by some of the great video campaigns launched this summer, here are three examples to propel your social media efforts well past the warm weather season.
This week, Instagram unveiled its newest project Hyperlapse, an app designed to capture high-quality time lapse videos in an easy to use format. With more than 40,000 uses of #hyperlapse on Instagram at press time and counting, it’s no surprise to see early adopters from major brands, to TV shows, celebrities, and more.