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Social media: and how corporate communications became more complicated

Social media has changed the way people voice their opinions forever, empowering the smallest voice to take to Twitter and challenge the biggest global brand. The success of those challenges still rests in the validity of the case, the support it gets, and the way the message is executed – but the culture of hashtag protests has enabled social protests to achieve scale in days and hours rather than months or years. There is a growing confidence in almost all countries to use social media to protest, making corporate communications a far tougher job today than ever before.

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11/04/2018  |  Full story...  |  More about: CRM Digital Intelligence digital marketing Regulation social media and social networking video viral marketing

75% of US advertisers ‘already using influencer marketing’- report

US advertisers are so enamoured with influencer marketing that a full 75% of their companies currently employ the discipline and almost half (43%) are planning to increase their spending on it in the next 12 months.

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05/04/2018  |  Full story...  |  More about: Digital Intelligence digital marketing digital trends social media and social networking USA video viral marketing YouTube

April Fools’ round-up: Snapchat's Russian bots, Brexit emojis and bankrupt Elon Musk

April Fool’s Day has become a major event in the digital calendar, with many brands and media owners creating elaborate pranks to show off their funny side (and get plenty of social media shares and column inches in the process). We’ve put together some of the best hoaxes from 2018’s pranksters for your viewing pleasure…

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03/04/2018  |  Full story...  |  More about: content Digital Intelligence digital marketing mobile marketing social media and social networking video viral marketing

YouTube gives brands search-based targeting tool

YouTube has launched a new search-based targeting option on that combines the ability to select from the top 5% of channels and then target viewers who have also Googled relevant products.

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15/03/2018  |  Full story...  |  More about: analytics Digital Intelligence digital marketing Google Search video YouTube

McVitie’s launches ‘Sweeter Together’ campaign on Facebook

McVitie’s has launched a £9.7m Masterbrand campaign ‘Sweeter Together’ in the UK, running across Facebook and terrestrial TV.

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13/03/2018  |  Full story...  |  More about: Facebook FMCG food and beverages social media and social networking video viral marketing

Matt Damon teams with Stella Artois and Water.org in hidden camera stunt

A social experiment stunt, conducted by Stella Artois and Matt Damon’s water.org, illustrates the way so many of us take water – a basic human necessity – for granted.

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22/02/2018  |  Full story...  |  More about: charity Digital Intelligence digital marketing FMCG video viral marketing

Video viral of the week: Absolut employees bare all as ‘Vodka with Nothing to Hide’

Vodka brand Absolut has launched a film ‘the vodka with nothing to hide’ to prove ust how transparent things are in Åhus, Sweden and features employees totally in the nude.

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20/02/2018  |  Full story...  |  More about: Digital Intelligence digital marketing FMCG food and beverages Sweden video viral marketing

Top Facebook videos of 2017: A year in review

2017 was a booming year for video content on Facebook. In this article, , Socialbakers details how companies tapped into the format and review the top Facebook videos published across the fashion, retail, and FMCG industries.

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20/02/2018  |  Full story...  |  More about: Digital Intelligence digital marketing Facebook FMCG social media and social networking video viral marketing

Top 10 Super Bowl ads: Pepsi gets most social buzz

Pepsi got the most social engagement out of the $5m ad spots at this year’s Super Bowl, according to new research.

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06/02/2018  |  Full story...  |  More about: content Digital Intelligence digital marketing digital trends Pepsi social media and social networking sport Super Bowl video viral marketing YouTube

Top 10 YouTube ads of 2017

YouTube has released its official top 10 videos of last year, in terms of audience engagement, with an ad for the Google Pixel 2 phone beating John Lewis for the top slot.

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26/01/2018  |  Full story...  |  More about: content Digital Intelligence digital marketing digital trends UK video YouTube

YouTube faces vlogger backlash on tighter ad rules

Google has courted controversy after introducing new YouTube rules that would stop ads on channels that get less than 4,000 viewing hours a year.

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18/01/2018  |  Full story...  |  More about: content digital marketing Google Regulation video viral marketing YouTube

YouTube axes projects with vlogger over 'suicide forest' video

YouTube has suspended projects with US internet star Logan Paul following his controversial video showing the body of a suicide victim.

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12/01/2018  |  Full story...  |  More about: Digital Intelligence digital marketing Regulation video viral marketing YouTube

The influencer marketing revolution [INFOGRAPHIC]

Influencer marketing has become big business, as vloggers starts to garner huge social media followings and brands take notice. One Productions, a video production company based in Dublin, Ireland has put together an infographic looking at some key influencer marketing stats for 2018.

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10/01/2018  |  Full story...  |  More about: Digital Intelligence digital marketing infographic social media and social networking video viral marketing YouTube

Odd news: The 12 weirdest digital stories of 2017

From back-flipping robots to one teen's Twitter quest for free nuggets, technology took us in some strange directions during 2017. In this special article, we celebrate the 12 weirdest news stories of the year.

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19/12/2017  |  Full story...  |  More about: advertising Digital Intelligence digital marketing digital trends Internet of Things technology

Aldi tops Christmas ad rankings with Boots hot on its heels

Aldi has surpassed expectations and takes first place in the top 10 TV ads of Christmas 2017, according to new research.

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14/12/2017  |  Full story...  |  More about: advertising Aldi Christmas Digital Intelligence digital marketing ecommerce retail video viral marketing

Kia partners Oath for multi-channel video campaign

Kia Motors is running a new campaign designed showcasing important life moments for families both inside and outside of the car, and drive brand uplift for the new Kia Stonic.

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13/12/2017  |  Full story...  |  More about: automotive Digital Intelligence digital marketing video viral marketing

Top 25 virals of 2017: Pranks, personalisation and politics

From Super Bowl boycotts to voice search pranks, 2017 marked another big year for video viral marketing case studies. Personalised ads, uplifting tales of unity and subverting ad formats were key themes this year. To round off the year, our team has assembled our 25 favourite virals from around the world for your viewing pleasure…

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06/12/2017  |  Full story...  |  More about: automotive content Digital Intelligence digital marketing digital trends global video viral marketing

Virals of the year: Kia takes Melissa McCarthy on “Hero’s Journey”

Car maker Kia created an interactive slapstick ad to promote its Niro range at this year’s Super Bowl, starring Melissa McCarthy.

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05/12/2017  |  Full story...  |  More about: automotive content Digital Intelligence digital marketing Super Bowl video viral marketing

Virals of the year: Geico returns to mock pre-roll ads with “Crushed”

US car insurance firm Geico continued its subversive YouTube pre-roll ads with another comical premise—ads that were condensed for your viewing convenience. Meaning they actually got crushed by a giant Geico logo.

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05/12/2017  |  Full story...  |  More about: automotive Digital Intelligence digital marketing financial services viral marketing

John Lewis wins battle of Christmas ads on YouTube 2017

YouTube has announced the top ten Christmas ads of 2017 in the UK. John Lewis’s ‘Moz the Monster’ Christmas ad tops YouTube’s annual festive leaderboard in the UK this year, according to league tables revealed today.

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05/12/2017  |  Full story...  |  More about: Christmas Digital Intelligence digital marketing video viral marketing YouTube

Virals of the year: Connect Internet “Ice Bucket Challenge” and “Harlem Shake”

This fun campaign by TBWA\Raad for Connect Boundless in Lebanon showed people doing the Ice Bucket Challenge and the Harlem Shake long after they were popular.

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05/12/2017  |  Full story...  |  More about: Digital Intelligence digital marketing video viral marketing

Virals of the year: Hornbach celebrates DIY failure with “Regret Nothing”

Agency Heimat made this weird and wild ad, violently celebrating the gift of failure for Hornbach, the German home improvement store.

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05/12/2017  |  Full story...  |  More about: Digital Intelligence digital marketing ecommerce Germany retail video viral marketing

Virals of the year: Nespresso puts George Clooney in classic films

George Clooney continued his endorsement of the Nescafe coffee brand with a new viral ad that saw the actor appear in scenes from classic films like Psycho, Easy Rider, Smokey and the Bandit, the first Muppets movie, Planes, Trains & Automobiles and Seabiscuit.

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04/12/2017  |  Full story...  |  More about: Digital Intelligence digital marketing video viral marketing

Virals of the year: Volvo targets women with “Moments”

This ad for the Volvo XC60 was one of the most eye-catching automotive ads of 2017, sweeping through a woman’s entire lifetime in three minutes to emphasise the car’s safety features.

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04/12/2017  |  Full story...  |  More about: Digital Intelligence digital marketing video viral marketing Volvo

Virals of the year: The New York Times “The Truth Is Hard to Find”

2017 was a year of mighty political upheaval, and this Oscars ad series from The New York Times urged consumers to value, and pay for, the truth that journalism uncovers.

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04/12/2017  |  Full story...  |  More about: Digital Intelligence digital marketing newspapers video viral marketing

Viral marketing - Research, tips and news for marketers archives

Brands spending £6bn on Christmas ads - 14/11/2017

Paddington Vs. Moz: Which Christmas ad is winning online? - 13/11/2017

Christmas ad battle: John Lewis' 'Moz the Monster' takes on M&S' Paddington Bear - 10/11/2017

Mars creates 4 ‘bite-sized’ horror films to promote candy brands - 01/11/2017

Burger King trolls McDonald’s with #ScaryClownNight - 01/11/2017

Fanta uses VR and Snapchat for Halloween campaign - 24/10/2017

By ‘eck : Melanie Sykes stars in new Boddingtons ad 20 years later - 19/10/2017

Walmart pushes same day pick up with Halloween costume ad - 18/10/2017

Asda partners Shazam for lip-sync Halloween face filter - 18/10/2017

Svedka Vodka ‘curses’ viewers with re-targeted banner ads that stalk them for Halloween - 18/10/2017

"Never trust a clown": Burger King trolls McDonald’s with 'IT' cinema stunt - 13/10/2017

Google and YouTube star Colin Furze demonstrate how “Everything starts with a search” - 26/09/2017

Insurance firm pranks festival visitors with “Heavy Metal Hearing Test” - 26/09/2017

Influencer marketing trends: 9% of UK marketers “to spend over £100,000 on digital stars next year” - 08/09/2017

Could a video game trailer make you cry? Life is Strange ad celebrates best friends - 01/09/2017

The augmented worker: Hololens ad showcases industrial future - 31/08/2017

Video viral of the week: Volvo breaks Guinness World Record with largest unboxing video - 18/08/2017

Video viral of the week: Vovlo breaks Guinness world record with largest unboxing video - 18/08/2017

Charity campaign #ChildMothers shocks with “maternity collection for 12 year olds” - 15/08/2017

Video viral of the week: BA launches star-studded flight safety video - 20/07/2017

Video viral of the week: Air New Zealand gets surreal with Katie Holmes in air safety video - 14/07/2017

End of an era: Psy's 'Gangnam Style' no longer top YouTube video - 12/07/2017

Video viral of the week: Apple gets emotional with latest iPhone ad “The Archives” - 10/07/2017

Cannes Lions 2017: MailChimp wins Cyber Lions with name mix-up - 22/06/2017

Over 90% of celebrity social media endorsements “violate FTC regulations" [INFOGRAPHIC] - 21/06/2017

"Cannes Crêperie Experiment" aims to prove mobile ads work - 19/06/2017

Cannes Lions 2017: Top 10 video ads worldwide - 19/06/2017

Psychology of sharing: Brits favour visual content - 05/06/2017

Video viral of the week: Heineken’s “Worlds Apart” film gets 13m views in a month - 01/06/2017

Burger King upsets Belgian royals with "choose your king" stunt - 30/05/2017

Walkers pulls interactive selfie ad after Twitter sabotage - 26/05/2017

Video viral of the week: Santander VR wedding stunt - 24/05/2017

Online video trends: Adverts have biggest influence on what consumers watch - 19/05/2017

#IsItokforGuys: Lynx search ads tackle male stereotypes - 18/05/2017

Kevin Costner catches French high speed rail in new TGV ad - 18/05/2017

McDonald's pulls controversial video ad about child bereavement - 17/05/2017

Playing politics with big data: What can marketers learn from Trump and Brexit? - 11/05/2017

Viral marketing trends: Just 1% of social video goes viral - 11/05/2017

#NuggsforCarter: Wendy’s rewards teen for record-breaking tweet - 11/05/2017

Digital video ads: Brands demand more options - 28/04/2017

Interview with an influencer: Danny MacAskill on the process of working with major brands - 25/04/2017

Unilever pranks beauty bloggers with fake hair care brand launch - 24/04/2017

McDonald’s secret Google campaign: Can it drive searchers to “that place where Coke tastes so good”? - 19/04/2017

Burger King’s Google Home prank backfires - 18/04/2017

Forbes reveals top 30 social media influencers - 13/04/2017

#nuggsforcarter: One teen's quest for 18m retweets (and free Wendy's nuggets) - 11/04/2017

Pepsi faces web backlash for Kendall Jenner 'protest' ad - 05/04/2017

Fake news! This year's best (and worst) April Fools pranks in digital - 03/04/2017

Early April Fool? Burger King launches Whopper toothpaste - 31/03/2017

Ted Baker debuts 360º shoppable film - 16/03/2017

 

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