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A $20,000 "Golf Digest" print ad, while effective no doubt, was not going to be cost-efficient. Instead, Cut Golf went after its audience on social media.
When Eric Bandholz started Beardbrand in 2013, his goal was to provide tools for men to feel confident about growing their beards.
It wanted to give Cheetos Vision a launch worthy of any hot, new tech innovation, so it took it to the biggest stage in the industry: SXSW Interactive.
Customers who apply for a checking account in a bank branch tend to have longer relationships with the bank, signifying these customers as higher quality.
It intentionally positioned the experience at the intersection of one of the busiest gates and the main corridor that leads to baggage claim so that a highly affluent audience of Super Bowl attendees could not miss it.
The LGBTQ community, possessing a bold and rebellious mindset to live life on their own terms, perfectly embodied both BMW's Modern Maverick target and X2 manifesto of "Give No Explanations."
It abandoned conventional tactics and created the next trend its ladies would covet, the "Santa Clarita Diet"-a new lifestyle that addressed their biggest passions: professional success, health, and beauty.
The communication strategy included TV spots, live integrations, print, digital advertising, social media, radio and, even, an interactive website.
"The sugars" is a well-known enemy, with African Americans almost twice as likely to be diagnosed with diabetes as non-Hispanic whites. An issue of this nature was a clear target for Anthony Anderson, star of the ABC sitcom "Black-ish" and a diabetic himself.
With Halloween approaching, it staged "Project Dead Zone," the first-ever live paranormal investigation controlled by the internet and powered by Xfinity xFi Pods on Twitter Live.
Gimlet Media partnered with Crest Kids to create a brushing audio companion that entertains kids every morning and night, over the course of exactly two minutes.
It determined that it wouldn't just talk about its excellent camera, but would celebrate its authenticity by shining the spotlight on trendsetters who reflect Google's philosophy.
Offering a more in-depth look into the life of a diabetic, a film was embedded into a custom article online to show how the device enables them to live more normal lives without constant finger-pricking.
In addition to the native homepage, these cartoons were also featured in promotional assets designed to drive traffic across display, social, and newsletter activity.
Giant Spoon took readers on 10 sonic journeys--from Mozambique to Hawaii--while GE organically showcased destinations with sounds that are essential in driving its community energy efforts.
The campaign garnered 69MM+ earned media impressions across traditional and cannabis-oriented publications, nearly 16.5MM video views, and reached #1 on Reddit's "/r/funny" even though Canada has only 9MM Millennials
Several weeks prior, it launched branded behind-the-scenes "leaks," press releases and four blockbuster trailers complemented by "official" branded assets including movie website, social handles, IMDB/Wiki pages, digital banners and videos, and OOH billboards.
Concluding the weekend, Cadillac partnered with rapper Nas to give away the most exclusive drop of the weekend, a Cadillac diamond-encrusted chain to one lucky fan.
Going through a U.S. repositioning, Rimmel discovered its highest-volume customers weren't Caucasian or blonde, but Hispanic or African American,
The brand's proactive and agile approach led it to perform well above its 2017 benchmarks. With clear pacing and more visibility into paid data, it was able to guide, measure and optimize its creative, publishing and bidding on a weekly basis.
The releases ramped up ahead of the holiday, supported by both "Funny or Die"'s digital and social footprint and the brand's own. It released real Cinco Equis cans at locations in New York City and Texas, supported by geo-targeted Snap filters.
The campaign promoted the event near Austin not as an HBO activation but as a real-life trip to "Westworld." Guests arrived at SXSWestworld via an exclusive Delta flight, Lyft partnership, and luxury buses.
Lexus LS sales increased by +184% in February 2018 compared to the prior year, and increased by +269% in March 2018 compared to prior year.
The idea was simple: Show people how much it costs to do everyday activities on their phones by turning pre-roll ads into price tags.
With a slashed media budget for the key season - 22% smaller than the previous year - every dollar needed to work harder and smarter. But first, the brand needed to define "cold."
Planters Cheez Balls were an icon of '90s snack food. Since being discontinued in 2006, passionate fans have pleaded for their return on social media. There was even a petition.
From self-aware AI and police interrogations using VR to bio-organic printers printing actual human flesh, its content sucked "Wired" readers into a world where immortality is possible.
Aiming to change the perception of hairspray, Tresemme needed to show how a woman's hair can still move after using the product.
Fans who called James Franco had their phone numbers captured and matched for targeting on Facebook and Adwords. Throughout the remainder of the film campaign, A24 messaged them with customized content.
The brand sought to amplify Mountain Dew ICE's launch in 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards through a multi-platform marketing campaign to generate product awareness.
Research revealed the many nuanced ways that today's youth understand fame, the value they place on honest influencers, and the lessons brands can borrow to create influence on their own.
While there's plenty of news about the future of retail and payments, there wasn't a place for business leaders to find the "so what?" perspective on these topics.
How do you combat the narrative that brands don't need television in their media mix? Create and nationally air documentary pieces profiling startups that boomed after advertising on TV.
The team is basically the entire marketing department for OpenConnect. It manages the web, all social media, all new content development (email, blog, product, sales), videos, conference/events development, PR, and analytics.
It highlights top content for the month as one's own personalized reading list and leverages data to dynamically include relevant content for upcoming trip if a rewards member has a reservation.
The effort focused on people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes and readers of "The New York Times" Technology and Health sections and its Facebook newsfeed.
The investment management firm needed to transform brand opinion, and a partnership with a respected, trusted media partner was required to accelerate and bring credibility to the transformation.
In popular TV shows like "Will & Grace," "This Is Us" and "Black-ish," it wove milk into the story lines, with characters like Debra Messing's Grace dunking Oreos into a fancy glass of milk.
Fender made a list of things it wanted to test and then evaluated the value of items on that list based on how they change the customer experience or impact their journey.
To bring the survey to life, the TODAY Brand Studio filmed a series of poignant interviews where women discussed what beauty means to them.
Instead of serving up communications laden with complicated bullet points, it created Shazam-enabled print ads and challenged veterinarians to test their OA knowledge with a quirky quiz show.
The user experience opened with the movie trailer, followed by the address of the nearest theater and the timing of the next show, based on real-time location.
Company's marketing fueled curiosity with education and engagement to drive personalized discoveries and timely offers.
Visitors provide name, shoe size, style preferences. So the brand has really rich data. It captures what a customer's browsing, and adding to her wish list.
"One datapoint I find interesting is how often people go back to the email; 51% come back three or more times. We see this in real time."
Emily Randall, interactive digital media, Chick-fil-A, says her team has rallied around this: When you know someone's story, you can care for them personally.
The key to building excitement around this campaign was a comprehensive roll-out across various social channels which started a month before with teaser content.
Honda was looking for a unique way to showcase its racing chops through a campaign that would resonate with its enthusiasts as well as a gaming audience.
The focus is predominantly on personalization by incorporating things that are local and personalized to an individual's pace and environment.
The Farmer's Dog knows a great deal about each individual dog and can capitalize on that knowledge by suggesting subscriptions, and it can use relevant messaging even to those who haven't subscribed.
"Give a customer a solution that reduces their consumption, give them a better hygienic solution and help solve for labor. There's no better trifecta."
The team created end-to-end automation in paid media by building an ad tech stack designed as an orchestration and activation layer that sits atop a content and delivery system.
Banking on emotion, the brand launched a new product, Nutters, a peanut butter-covered puff and is testing it in the Denver market with samples, activations, outdoor, and in-store.
The videos that get the attention of consumers all leverage humor and feature a series of rotating characters from Goldilocks to Sasquatch to sumo wrestlers.
In the past year, any extra money went to digital. Normally, there would be a last-minute TV buy late in any campaign but in the last weeks, money is going to run more ads online and to turn out the vote digitally.
WeddingWire sends a personalized confirmation message to a segment of users after they request information from a vendor in order to enhance the customer experience.
In real time, still so much of what the company can do is trigger based and often creates an opportunity but then the actual message is highly personalized based on that audience.
"Once you've gone from thinking brand awareness is enough to really measuring foot traffic, you can't go back the other way," says Elizabeth Bazner.
To be relevant again, the brand had to get back to what it stood for when it was at its best. Col. Sanders was front and center, whether it was the bucket, the restaurant or the advertising.
The Google Map in the email shows live traffic going to and from the game. It is one of the most clicked-on links of any email and accounts for nearly 28% of all clicks.
Clorox had to think about how to reframe its message about Pine-Sol, from functional to something more human-centric and purpose-driven. It started with a brand purpose: It champions the heart and hustle of "doers."
"It wasn't just 30 TV commercials, it was also on the news ticker on the morning news, on radio, a ton of digital - every aspect we could do," says Cindy Donohoe.
It doesn't change recipes as frequently as subscription does. It's a one-off purchase that allows for trial. It feels and looks like a meal kit, extending the brand's equity.
Chobani works with one partner very closely. By doing so, it mitigated the complexity of a partner like Facebook or Google, allowing the team to focus on getting the job done.
Amid so much uncertainty, building confidence was going to be important. Kimball Wilkins' team created an internal brand line, "Never stop."
Users could learn about a variety of Walgreens "Find Care Now" services, showing off its relevance to a broad demographic of users. Those who clicked through were directed to an information page.
Toyota set out to increase impressions for awareness, engagements for interest, and retargeting and lookalike audiences for decision and action.
The videos show the back stories of each traveler before they are onboard. A brand logo with the person's seat assignment hovers nearby.
Bank of America sought to drive positive sentiment among Millennials was through its largest corporate responsibility program, sponsorship of Ken Burns' PBS documentary "The Vietnam War."
They followed up with a debate about the name, with nominees like "tomayo" and "fry sauce," and an interactive experience that designed containers with these different names.
On Hulu, they ran four 15-second units across a program, each one trippier than the last to turn up the crave, and extended the High-atus across online video using re-targeting.
The new product combined an array of sophisticated technologies, including: TV ad interactivity, dynamic API-driven creative, addressable ad messaging, e-commerce integration, and place-shifting.
The robots made their way into the homes of Bravolebs like Josh Altman (Million Dollar Listing LA) as well as Tom and Katie Schwartz (Vanderpump Rules).
Tostitos had a less-than-Super-Bowl-requisite budget of $850K and had the added difficulty of needing to reach the demographic that cares the least about pro football: Millennials.
When Netflix tasked MediaHub with growing viewership and social conversation for Season 2, they needed Eleven-level powers to make an even greater impact than its initial breakout success.
In a fast-moving industry that is growing quickly, Spartan needed more than a good email system. It got one.
Current paywall models, said Dow Jones's Alex Halen, were a "one-size-fits-all approach, dictated by content. To be the world's foremost membership for the ambitious, we said everything we do has to be focused on the customer."
Be the Match's objective going into 2019 is to determine the optimal size and composition of the registry and launch a campaign that expedites that level of quality participation.
Before the arrival of Ruth Hakkenberg, the email program at Schiphol Amsterdam Airport was a strategy-free, once-a-month affair going to everyone on the list.