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Industry case studies for Digital Training Academy courses

Our training is fuelled by best practice from brands that have achieved excellence in digital marketing, digital strategy and digital media. Agencies from any country can submit case studies for the Digital Training Academy to consider.

On this page you'll find a few of the digital marketing case studies we've recently accepted and we hope you enjoy learning from them. Each represents an aspect of best practice we've found useful when teaching digital marketing, and if you're joining us for a Digital Training Academy, then ask about case studies in your sector.



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Digital Case StudiesYou can do this online through our online submission form or by email. If you'd like to submit examples of your work then email them into CaseStudies@DigitalTrainingAcademy.com and after an initial review we'll be in touch if we feel they can be used to support learning goals.

There is also an online submission tool, here: http://www.digitaltrainingacademy.com/submit. By sending us a case study you agree we can use it in training, conference speeches, book chapters and reports and other media. You need to be confident you have the necessary rights and permissions from partners or clients to be able to do this. Case studies cannot be restricted to one particular course so we can only accept material which can be used in any aspect of our training. However, if youd like us to withdraw a case study at any point, then we can do this within two weeks.

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Aliens invade bus shelter for Pepsi Max stunt »

London commuters witnessed alien invasions, escaped tigers and giant tentacles emerging from a bus stop window, as part of this new video campaign from Pepsi Max. This case study looks at how the drinks brand generated 5 million YouTube views in a fortnight from a single YouTube upload (and some digital effects trickery)...

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SnapChat marketing case study: McDonalds hires LeBron James for mobile 'story' »

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In March 2014, McDonald’s became the latest brand to run a SnapChat marketing campaign, using NBA star LeBron James to generate buzz on the popular self-destructing photo-sharing app. This case study looks at how the fast-food brand generated thousands of new followers within hours of announcing the stunt.

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Video case study: Table Tennis star takes on robot to get 1m views in 2 days »

In March 2014, Industrial robot firm Kuka Robotics ran a new YouTube video campaign, pitting table tennis star Timo Boll against a high speed robot. The teaser trailer for it racked up over a million YouTube views in February, and the full length version eclipsed it. The video has already racked up over 1.2m views on YouTube after just two days online.

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'No make up selfie' raises £8m for Cancer Research in a week »

Cancer Research UK received more than £8m in donations after a popular online campaign, asking women to post selfies with no make-up using the hashtag #nomakeupselfie, went viral in March 2014. This case study looks at how the charity (and a few polar bears) benefits massively from a campaign started by an 18-year-old Facebook user.

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Social media case study: Sweet brand creates consumer community for just $87 »

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Astra Sweets used an on-pack promotion rewarding customers for sharing how they enjoy the company’s Frisia brand Mini Marshmallows. This case study looks at how the Belgian sweet brand created a brand community of 371 consumers for just $87 (including packaging costs).

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Square Meal gets 400% conversion boost with predictive technology »

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Restaurant booking service Square Meal saw a 67% increase in click-through rates and 400% boost in conversion by switching to Emarsys Predict. This case study looks at how the use of the new self-learning marketing engine boosted customer response. Using data from a customers’ most recent online behaviour to develop a constantly-evolving algorithm, the firm delivered automated campaigns, emulating customer targeting used by e-commerce giants such as Amazon and eBay.

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Video case study: How Jamie Oliver’s YouTube channel got 600,000 subscribers »

For years, Jamie Oliver’s Food Tube channel on YouTube had low engagement and flat subscriber numbers. This case study looks at how the team behind the channel created online buzz and interactive elements (including the chance to slap the celebrity chef himself) to help it become one of YouTube’s most successful food channels with 1.8 million monthly views.

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Case study: Watch retailer campaign gets 1,300% ROI with remarketing »

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A precision remarketing campaign from digital agency Periscopix has resulted in 1,300% ROI for Watchfinder, the premium, pre-owned watch retailer. Average order value on the site has increased by 13% as a result of the campaign.

Brand: Watchfinder | Sector: Luxury, retail | Country: UK | Objective: brand awareness, consideration and purchase | Agency/ Partner: Periscopix | Format: Remarketing, Display advertising, behavioral targeting, web design

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China digital marketing case study: Porsche ‘birthday song’ and piano game reaches millions »

In 2013, the Porsche 911 celebrated its 50th anniversary- marking the occasion with a birthday song on YouTube and Piano game that attracted millions of views and plays. This China digital marketing case study shows how the viral video for the luxury car brand achieved 2,840,316 views throughout the Chinese and overseas channels during two month.

Brand: Porche | Sector: Luxury, Automotive | Country: China | Objective: brand awareness, consideration and purchase | Agency/ Partner: Fred & Farid Shanghai | Format: Viral, Social Media, Weibo, YouTube, video

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Spotify and Instagram marketing: Samuel Adams puts mobile first for new beer brand »

Beer brand Samuel Adams has put mobile at the centre of its latest ‘Cold Snap’ seasonal brew, using games, ads, Instagram, Spotify and Facebook to promote its launch. The campaign featured audio ads on Spotify’s iPhone application with the brand’s “For the Love of Beer” slogan. The ads promote Cold Snap and consumers are encouraged to learn more about the beer by clicking though a full-page ad. The beer brand is also leveraging Instagram to promote Cold Snap through the hashtag #SamAdamsBeer. Tagged photos are showcased on the site, and clicking on one prompts a new browser window to open.

Brand: Samuel Adams | Sector: Retail | Country: USAl | Objective: brand awareness, consideration and purchase | Format: Viral, Social Media, Music, Instagram, Spotify, Mobile

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Twitter case study: How Samsung won the 2014 Oscars with a star-studded selfie »

At the 2014 Oscars, Samsung took the award for most talked about brand with a celebrity-packed selfie tweeted by host Ellen DeGeneres using a Galaxy Note 3 phone. This case study looks at how the electronics giant made full use of its sponsor status at the film ceremony, merging old-school celebrity endorsements with the latest digital technology to reach millions of people.

Watch this ad for the new Galaxy sS5 which aired during the ceremony:

Brand: Samsung | Sector: Mobile | Country: Global | Objective: brand awareness, consideration and purchase | Agency/ Partner: Starcom MediaVest | Format: Viral, Social Media, Twitter, TV, Mobile

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Procter and Gamble Winter Olympics ad gets 17m views »

Procter & Gamble was the clear winner among sponsors of the 2014 Winter Olympics on YouTube, racking up 27 million views through the first week of the Games with videos including "Pick Them Back Up," which depicts the journey mothers and children go though on their way to sporting success.


Brand: P&G | Sector: FMCG | Country: Global | Objective: brand awareness, consideration and purchase | Format: Viral, Social Media, YouTube, Video

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Video case study: David Beckham bares all in shoppable H&M superbowl TV ad »

Ahead of the 2014 SuperBowl Final, H&M let fans buy David Beckham’s range of underwear directly from their TV in a new interactive commercial. The Swedish clothes retailer offered viewers the chance to pick from alternative versions of the star performing some impressive stunts as he tries to get to safety in his signature briefs. Voting began ahead of the final and promoted nine pieces from the ex-footballer’s Spring range. The ad was preceded by a Twitter campaign where fans get to choose whether he bares all in the ad or not.

Brand: H&M | Sector: Clothing | Country: USA | Objective: brand awareness, consideration and purchase | Format: Viral, Social Media, Sport, YouTube, Video, TV

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Social media case study: Garnier hijacks photoshop craze in China »

China is a lucrative market, but how can brands get themselves noticed on social media? This case study looks at how beauty brand Garnier managed to hijack a trending topic on Chinese social media, in order to maximize their product visibility with a very limited media budget.

Watch this video case study below:

Brand: Garnier | Sector: Health and Beauty | Country: China | Objective: brand awareness, consideration and purchase | Agency/ Partner: Fred & Farid Shanghai | Format: Viral, Social Media, Weibo

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Toblerone boosts sales 132% with national ‘Thank You’ day »

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Kraft Foods worked communications partner GeiserMaclang to create a ‘national thank you day’ in the Philippines to promote its Tobelerone confectionery brand. The campaign was a huge success which can be proved from the fact that official website generated nearly 500,000 hits and the Toblerone sales escalated 132%.

Brand: Toblerone | Sector: Food | Country: Philippines | Objective: brand awareness, consideration and purchase | Format: Video, YouTube, Viral

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Head and Shoulders dandruff stunt gets half a million views »

To mark Valentines Day 2014, shampoo brand Head & Shoulders partnered with Saatchi & Saatchi in the Philippines to run a hidden camera viral campaign, featuring young men on a blind date with a lady (played by an actress) who has really bad dandruff. The campaign has attracted over 500,000 YouTube views so far, and has been featured in local media, including a talk show.

Brand: Head & Shoulders Sector: FMCG, Health and Beauty | Agency/Partner: Saatchi & Saatchi | Country: Philippines | Objective: brand awareness, consideration and purchase | Format: Video, YouTube, Viral

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Search case study: Hizon’s Catering boosts sales 50% with holistic digital campaign »

Hizon’s Catering, a local catering company in the Philippines, used the power of digital marketing, via the web, social, search and mobile, to improve its sales. This video shows how their target customer engages with their company at different phases in their wedding planning process.

Brand: Hizon | Sector: Travel, Hospitality | Country: Philippines | Objective: brand awareness, consideration and purchase | Format: Video, Social, Search, Mobile

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Hobgoblin uses Twitter and Google Maps to connect drinkers around the globe »

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Bottled ale maker Hobgoblin has launched a Twitter and Google Maps mash-up to connect beer aficionados around the world. The move coincides with the growing popularity of craft beer and real ale among younger, tech-aware demographics. The application uses the Twitter API, enabling anyone enjoying a Hobgoblin beer to literally put themselves on the map, by simply publishing a geolocation-tagged tweet featuring the hashtag #Goblineers.

Brand: Hobgoblin | Sector: Food and Beverage, Alcohol | Country: UK | Objective: brand awareness, consideration and purchase | Format: Social, Twitter, Mobile

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Search case study: LED Hut revamps site search to boost international appeal (and double sales) »

LED lighting provider LED Hut worked with site search firm SLI to drive relevant search results to its base of international customers. This case study looks at how the firm achieved a search convert at a rate 200% higher and spend double the amount in comparison to the site average.

Brand: LED Hut | Sector: FMCG, Consumer technology | Country: UK | Objective: brand awareness, consideration and purchase | Format: Search, Design

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Old Spice returns with ‘intervention’ prank websites »

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Old Spice has become famous for pioneering viral video ads, and its latest campaign sees the return of Isaiah Mustafa in a series of prank ads that look set to get consumers sharing in droves. Old Spice has designed 9 spoof pages advertising rather vain products, ranging from a muscle shirt that shapes flab into toned abs and a gold Bluetooth headset, which slowly morph into a video ‘intervention’ from Mustafa.

Brand: Old Spice | Sector: Health and Beauty, FMCG| Country: Global | Objective: brand awareness, consideration and purchase | Format: Social, Email, Video, Viral

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Devil Baby stunt terrorises New Yorkers to get 36m views »

How do you go about promoting a horror movie about a devil child? There are all the usual routes--TV ads, billboards, websites, trailers--but perhaps the best way to convey the spirit of the film is to actually scare the living hell out of people with an actual devil baby. Following on from the success of Carrie’s YouTube prank last year, the makers of 20th Century Fox’s latest horror movie ‘Devil’s Due’ have used a similar tactic to great effect- getting over 36m views in the process.

Brand: 20th Century Fox| Sector: Film | Country: US | Objective: brand awareness, consideration and purchase | Format: Video, Viral, Social

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Axe gets serious with ‘Make Love Not War’ video »

In a surprise move, Axe has ditched its playboy image with a serious message for this year’s Super Bowl commercial slot to push its new ‘Peace’ fragrance.The brand, often known for inciting controversy in the gender wars, has issued a new 30-second Super Bowl spot—using the old 60s slogan "Make love. Not war" to push its latest product range. The "Make love. Not war" slogan appears at the end, along with the logo of the Peace One Day organization, which is a partner of the campaign. (Axe is giving $250,000 to the group and promoting it on its website and Facebook.) The hashtag is #KissForPeace.

Watch the extended ‘Call to Arms’ ad below:

Brand: Axe/ Lynx/Unilever | Sector: FMCG, Healthcare | Country: Global | Agency/Partner: BBH London / Objective: brand awareness, consideration and purchase | Format: Video, YouTube, Viral

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Luxury retailer Avenue mobile strategy boosts transaction value 270% »

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Back in 2013, luxury online fashion retailer, Avenue 32, launched a multi-channel strategy, supporting young designers that are unable to invest in their own online presence to showcase their collections and expand their audience. This case study looks at how the firm managed to double mobile traffic with the average transaction value increasing by 270 per cent.

Brand: Avenue | Sector: Reatail, Clothing, ecommerce | Country: Global | Agency/Partner: Usablenet / Objective: brand awareness, consideration and purchase | Format: Mobile marketing

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Search case study: How attribution modelling increased profit for Baby Supermall »

Baby Supermall recently worked with Google to run a targeted AdWords paid search campaign, targeting mothers. This video case study outlines how the baby retailer linked analytics to search with attribution modelling to generate tens of thousands of dollars in additional sales every week."

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Brand: Baby Supermall | Sector: Ecommerce | Country: US | Objective: brand awareness, consideration and purchase | Format: Search, Analytics

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Suttons Seeds boosts conversions by 112% via ‘learning’ search technology »

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Suttons Seeds worked with SLI to implement learning site search technology to help visitors find products they wanted. This case study looks at how the garden equipment and seeds supplier got a 112% higher conversion rate for site search users with learning search.


Brand: Suttons Seeds | Sector: FMCG, Household and Gardening | Country: UK | Agency/Partner: SLI | Objective: brand awareness, consideration and purchase | Format: Search, Design

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