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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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How Kellogg's used Tweet shop to sample Special K crisps »

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Kellogg's used a pop-up tweet shop in London’s Soho area where people could buy their new savory crisps. The store lets customers try the low calorie snacks, which usually cost 60p per packet, and then asked them to tweet a review on the social media website. Passers-by could walk into the store; sample the range of new cereal crisps and then tweet about them to get a free box to take home. The store turned a customer’s social currency into real goods and positive sentiment. It’s a little unnatural, but then again, experiences like this will probably generate Tweets and Facebook posts without the mandatory requirement too.

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Brand: Kellogs | Country: UK| Sector: Food & beverage | Objective: Sample and build brand engagement | Agency: Slice, UK | Format: Tweeter shop

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Kit Kat performs own ‘space jump’ »

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In honour of Felix Baumgartner’s landmark skydive from the edge of space, Nestle sent a Kit Kat bar into the ether with a video camera. The 'Break from Gravity' project saw the four-fingered chocolate bar sent to a height of 22 miles after beginning its ascent from Cambridgeshire at 11.20am on Saturday (13 October). Camera footage, which tracked the Kit Kat’s ascent and descent, was shared via the brand’s social media channels.

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Brand: KitKat | Country: UK | Sector: FMCG, Foods | Agency: JWT London | Objective: Boost brand awareness | Format: Video, Facebook, YouTube

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Fedex captures data to create personalised jingle »

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FedEx has launched a new app on Facebook that highlights how they can help your business grow better than a cheesy advertising jingle. The app invites customers to input their business details which then become customisable parts of their very own 'jingle'. The tagline and copy is the same on all the videos. It simply and effectively communicates FedEx’s message: “There are more effective ways to promote your business. We can help with business cards, banners, and brochures. FedEx. Solutions that matter.”

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Brand: Fedex | Country: US | Sector: Delivery | Agency: BBDO New York | Objective: boost conversions and subscriptions | Format:Video, App

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Future publishing boosts conversions 5% through customer understanding »

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Future Publishing worked with Maxymiser to boost subscriptions via a digital campaign that used multi-variate testing and optimisation of the entire customer journey to encourage conversions. By looking at basic elements around design, layout and navigation, the campaign tested 96 variants to reduce bounce rates and increase conversion rates. This case study looks at how the publisher achieved a 5.1% rise in conversions.

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Brand: Future Publishing | Country: UK | Sector: Publishing, magazines | Objective: boost conversions and subscriptions | Format:Email, Display, Multi-variate Testing

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Zappos uses Twitter to generate over 1,200 customer conversations per month »

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Clothing retailer Zappos used Twitter's Streaming API to monitor all the Tweets that mention the brand, streaming them onto an app to answer queries, engage in conversations and showcase its customer service standards. The campaign boosted customer engagement and loyalty, generating over 1,200 conversations per month on the platform.

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Brand: Zappos | Country: USA| Sector: Clothing | Objective: build brand engagement | Format:Twitter, Social Media

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L’Oreal targets female gamers with Xbox app »

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L'Oréal USA has launched a beauty and style app on Xbox LIVE called ‘The Next Level’, becoming the first app on the Microsoft games console to be targeted at women. The destination site lets users create a personalised event calendar, shopping list, weather-based beauty recommendations, and ‘redemption centre’ where rewards earned through interaction can be traded for tangible branded offers.

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Brand: L'Oreal | Country: Global | Sector: FMCG Healthcare | Objective: build brand engagement | Agency: Brightline | Format: Xbox app, gaming

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C4 strikes Paralympic gold with ‘Superhuman’ online ad campaign »

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This summer saw Channel 4 run its ‘Superhuman’ campaign to promote the London Paralympic games. Working with Mediasyndicator, the online element of the promotion attracted more than 150,000 interactions. As part of Channel 4’s ‘Meet the Superhumans’ online Paralympics advertising campaign, deployed in partnership with digital advertising specialists, Mediasyndicator, also captured the attention of online audiences – with results revealing the campaign achieved over 150,000 interactions.

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Brand: Channel 4 | Country: UK Sector: Broadcast | Objective: build brand engagement | Agency: Mediasyndicator, | Format: Video, display

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Case study: SkyyVodka captures consumer data in fun way with ‘Skypad’ »

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This iPad app from South African vodka brand Skyy makes data capture fun for the consumer, with an entertaining cocktail mixer game. Skyy realised that no-one likes form filling when it comes to registering interest with brands, so the created an iPad game to capture data in an engaging way. The firm created the app and sent promoters to bars with iPads. Beyond boosting sales, the firm claimed the app captured data to boost long term loyalty.

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Brand: Skyy | Country: South Africa | Sector: FMCG Drinks | Objective: build brand engagement | Format: iPad App

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Nestle puts GPS trackers in Kit Kat bars to deliver prizes »

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In the autumn of 2012, Nestle launched a (slightly creepy) new promotion for its Kit Kat, Yorkie and Aero bars, embedding GPS trackers in select bars, with the promise to track down the buyer within 24 hours to deliver a £10,000 prize. The UK promotion called 'We will find you', involved six KitKat 4 Finger, KitKat Chunky, Aero Peppermint Medium, or Yorkie bars. Nestlé devised the campaign to appeal to men, and backed the marketing blitz with TV ads and a smartphone campaign.

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Brand: Nestle | Country: UK | Sector: FMCG Food | Objective: build brand engagement | Agency: JWT London | Format: YouTube, social media, retail

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Coca Cola uses mobile to send and share Coke across the globe »

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Coca-Cola re-imagined the classic 'Hilltop' commercial for a modern audience, in the digital age. Fulfilling the promise of the original ad, it allows users to connect with strangers by sending a Coke around the globe to an unsuspecting recipient, making the world feel just a little bit smaller. The ad can be experienced on mobile phone apps in Google’s AdMob network, across iOS and Android devices through AdMob rich media ads, coupled with custom-designed vending machines, viewers can buy the world a Coke, with a few taps on their mobile phones.

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Brand: Coca-Cola | Country: USA| Sector:FMCG Drinks | Objective: build brand engagement | Agency: Grow Interactive, Johannes Leonardo | Format: Mobile Display Advertising

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Sweden Institute uses Twitter to reposition the country and get free PR worth $20m »

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The Sweden institute used Twitter and citizens of Sweden to communicate and position Sweden as a progressive country. The image of Sweden is built with tweets as a dynamic, innovative and deeply human country. The campaign resulted in 26,000 followers from 120 countries in six weeks. The case featured in all major media globally for a PR value above $19,800,000.

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Brand: Swedish Institute | Country: Sweden| Sector: Travel & Tourism | Objective: build brand engagement | Agency: Volontaire Stockholm

How Nike Fuelband created buzz about the brand »

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Nike introduced FuelBand, to increase the existing 7+ million community of Nike +. “Fuel” is a common, universal metric for activity; “Fuel Band” is a device that you wear device that tracks all your daily activity. Users can set targets and share their measurements with others. If a goal is reached, a motivational character called Fuelie shows up to applaud. The fuel band tracks all activities of consumer and with Bluetooth sync technology uploads all data and all activity is tracked on regularly. With the help of social integration one can see and compare activities with friends and motivates, consistently achieving the targets leads to the character Fuelie celebrating.

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Brand: Nike | Country: USA| Sector: FMCG Drinks | Objective: build brand engagement | Agency: R/GA New York

Twitter case study: Waitrose tweet contest- PR disaster or triumph? »

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A Twitter campaign from Waitrose became the subject of ridicule during September 2012, once again sparking the debate as to whether there’s ‘no such thing as bad publicity’ on social media. The supermarket invited Twitter customers to finish the sentence ‘I shop at Waitrose because…’, asking them to include the hashtag “#WaitroseReasons”. Most of the tweets made fun of Waitrose’s prices and its upmarket image. This case study examines the risks and rewards of running hashtag-based social media campaigns...

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Brand: Waitrose | Country: UK | Sector: Retail, Supermarket | Format: Twitter, social media

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Case study: Topshop live shopping fashion show gets 2 million viewers »

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Topshop attracted more than 2 million people to its live streamed fashion show at London Fashion Week, with the retailer claiming to sell out of some lines during the broadcast. The show, streamed live on Facebook, allowed users to share their favourite looks with friends using the social network. Viewers used ‘open graph’ technology allowing them to post messages about the Topshop show, called ‘Unique’ automatically on Facebook and Twitter. The retailer trended globally on latter social networking site.

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Brand: TopShop | Country: UK | Sector: Retail, Fashion | Format: Facebook, ecommerce, social media

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Marie Claire runs first UK video ad in print magazine »

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In a UK first, Marie Claire inserted a video ad on the pages of its October issue, set to play once a reader turns to page 35 and 35. Despite featuring in a limited run, the campaign generated a huge amount of media buzz both online and offline.

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Brand: Procter and Gamble | Country: UK | Agency: MediaCom | Sector: Media, Digital, FMCG | Format: Video, Magazines

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Case Study: Sun Fantasy Football League doubles digital growth with targeted emails »

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The Sun worked with Underwired to increase the engagement and revenue on its Fantasy Football league via an eCRM programme. This case study shows how very simple use of customer knowledge can have a dramatic impact on campaign results. After moving away from a volume-based, ‘one size fits all’ approach to email, The Sun saw a 32% increase in ROI and a 16% increase in Average Transaction Value, which nearly doubled the growth in revenue from digital channels.

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Brand: The Sun | Country: UK | Agency: Underwired | Sector: Media, Digital, Newspapers, Sport | Format: email, eCRM

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Twitter case study: Toyota offers sweets for tweets »

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To promote its new Etios car in South Africa, Toyota promised to make people smile. The Sweets for Tweets installation, created by HelloComputer and ThingKing, did just that by rewarding virtual smile tweets with real-life candy via a Wonka-like contraption. The campaign matched the new Toyota Etios tagline, “Here to make you smile”, promoting a positive brand message and putting the car across as a fun machine to drive.

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Brand: Toyota | Country: South Africa | Agency: HelloComputer, ThingKing | Sector: Retail, Automotive | Format: Twitter,Mobile, social media

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Case study: Ubisoft triples game sales via Facebook targeting »

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Ubisoft managed to triple sales by 300% in just 3 months through a targeted Facebook campaign for its Settlers Online game by focusing on users most likely to convert and purchase. This case study looks at how the games giant made smart use of targeting and bid optimisation to get the most out of its ad budget.

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Brand: Ubisoft | Country: Global | Agency: DMG | Sector: Gaming, Social Media | Format: Facebook

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YouTube case study: LEGO tells its story with 17-minute CGI cartoon »

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This 17 minute video from LEGO provides a prime example of how a brand can engage users with long-form online content, rather than 30 second TV commercials. To celebrate its 80th birthday, Lego released an engaging animated short that recounts the company’s beginnings as a carpentry business in Billund, Denmark to the global toy brand it’s become today. Launched on August 10th, the video has so far attracted over 2.3 million views and 34,000 ‘likes’ on YouTube. The viral links back to the brand's Facebook page, with has over 2 million fans so far.

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Brand: Lego | Country: Denmark | Agency: Lani Pixels | Sector: Retail, Toys | Format: YouTube

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Coca-Cola crowdsources 50m Facebook fans for new campaign »

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Coca-Cola marked its 50 millionth Facebook “Like” with campaign drawing upon its social media fan base to identifying simple ways to ‘make the world a happier place’. The drinks giant identified individuals developing ideas that enable people to become more active, give to others, be social or engage in other activities associated with increased happiness.

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Brand: Coca-Cola | Country: Global Sector: Social Media | Format: Facebook

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Case study: Samsung’s improvisation stars bring ‘Your Song’ live »

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As part of Samsung’s promotion of its new Galaxy S 3 in Singapore, the phone maker hires several improvisational musicians, including Merton of Chatroulette fame, to bring personalised songs to via a live webcast. By using fans’ Facebook friends and personal facts, the musicians performed spontaneous compositions to make it ‘Your Song." During the 6 hour show, 61 people had a personalised song sung to them live.

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Brand: Samsung | Country: Singapore | Agency: Cheil Singapore | Sector: Mobile | Format: Video, Mobile, social media

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Case study: Louis Vuitton explains ‘The Art of Packing’ »

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This interactive ad from Louis Vuitton makes smart use of the brand’s luxury image, targeting high-end shoppers ahead of the holiday season. But why was it developed in Flash, alienating affluent iPhone and iPad users? This case study looks at the pros and cons of the fashion brands latest foray into digital marketing.

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Brand: Louis Vuitton | Country: Sweden| Agency: Kokokaka | Sector: Clothing, Retail | Format: Web, Video

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Cannes Cyber Lions winners: Nike and Curators of Sweden »

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Sportswear brand Nike and a Swedish tourism campaign scooped the top digital prizes at the 59th Annual Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, the largest and most coveted awards in the industry’s calendar. A key theme that the judges found this year was a shift from storytelling to behaviour, with the most successful campaigns showcasing what a brand can do, rather than via ‘stunts’ or clever messages that create buzz but have little substance or relation to the brand.

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Brand: Nike, Curators of Sweden | Media: Video, Twitter, Facebook | Country: Global

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Cookie case study: C4 uses new cookie law to its advantage »

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As the controversial EU cookie law came into effect last weekend, Channel 4 managed to communicate the idea of collecting user data as part of a positive brand message, with a little help from comedian Alan Carr. The ‘Viewer Promise’ email and video campaign drew upon the broadcaster’s 2011 data strategy 2011 to give viewers a more personalised experience, which helped it amass a database of 2 million viewer profiles.

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Brand: Channel 4 | Media: Video, email | Country: UK | Sector: TV| Format: Email, Video

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Case study: 4Music mixes video, search and social media to boost reach »

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Launched in August 2008, 4Music is the most watched music channel in the UK. It is free to air, and part of the Box TV music channel portfolio. This case study shows how the a multi-layered digital campaign was used to elevate the brand and increase the value of 4Music.com to its advertisers. The campaigns generated a 25% increase in their total from campaign start date. Paid search campaigns drove 118,450 users to 4Music.com to view information about their favourite shows – the average users from these campaigns spent an unprecedented 13 minutes browsing content on the site.

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Brand: 4Music | Media: Facebook, Google, TV | Country: UK | Sector: TV, Music | Agency: Blowfish Digital | Format: Social media, Search, TV

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