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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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Viral marketing case study: KLM 'Surprise' sparks 1m tweets »

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At the end of 2010, KLM decided to give something a little extra special to its passengers waiting to board its flights – some personalised random acts of kindness. Using information from Foursquare and Twitter, KLM identified passengers currently checked in and waiting to board KLM flights. A quick search of each person’s social media profile garnered info about their personal interests/reasons for flying. Staff then purchased appropriate gifts which they gave to passengers prior to boarding their flight. More than 40 people were presented with gifts and, being social media users, the campaign received 1m+ impressions on Twitter alone. While the stunt certainly seems time exhaustive, it was enough to generate 1m positive Tweets, while this follow up YouTube ad leaves lasting positive brand impression.

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Brand: KLM | Media: YouTube, Twitter | Country: Netherlands | Sector: Travel | Format: Video and social media

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The Muppets 'Pig With The Froggy Tattoo' Teaser Trailer gets 10m + views »

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After a 12-year break from the big screen, Disney needed to reinvigorate interest in the Muppets brand ahead of their forthcoming movie. Throughout the year, Disney has been running spoof trailers on YouTube mimicking popular movies at the time, giving The Green Lantern, The Hangover Part 2, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Twilight, Puss in Boots, Captain America, Twilight and Paranormal Activity a muppets twist. Meanwhile, the opening trailer Green with Envy began as a generic romantic comedy, but it quickly shape shifted into a trailer for The Muppets. The Muppets marketing encompassed nearly everything in pop culture and in doing so it gained the attention of millions around the world.

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Brand: Disney | Media: YouTube | Country: Global | Sector: Entertainment, Film | | Format: Video

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John Lewis Christmas advert 2011 gets 3m views »

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John Lewis’s Christmas ads have become something of an annual event, and this year's £6m commercial caused quite a stir on Twitter, pushing YouTube views up past the 3 million mark, and ensuring blanket media coverage. The ad follows the story of a little boy as he impatiently waits for Christmas Day to arrive.

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Brand: John Lewis | Media: YouTube | Country: UK | Sector: FMCG, Retail | Agency: Adam & Eve | Format: Video and social media

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Facebook case study: Interactive Police video asks Who Killed Deon? »

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This video campaign used Facebook to campaign against knife crime. Set up the Metropolitan Police, this campaign highlighted Joint Enterprise a little-known law that means anyone knowingly involved in a murder can be charged with murder. To show how even small actions lead to a murder charge, agency Lab created ‘Who Killed Deon?’, a murder mystery Facebook page, inviting viewers to hunt the killer. At its peak, the campaign achieved 250 comments a day, with an average dwell time of 8 minutes. It was 'liked' by 50% of viewers at its peak- 5 times the average of all Facebook campaigns.

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Brand: Public Safety Video (UK Police) | Media: YouTube and Facebook | Country: UK | Sector: Government | Agency: COI | Format: Video and social media

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Old Spice video case study: ‘Muscle Music’ »

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Old Spice has returned with another interactive viral video, letting viewers make music with their keyboards (via a muscle-bound American football star, naturally). The new ad stars former American football and Expendables star Terry Crews, wired up to a series of makeshift musical instruments. Each time the actor and former NFL football player flexes his muscles he makes a sound. Once the advert has finished playing, viewers are invited to create and record their own version using their keyboard.

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Brand: Old Spice | Media: Vimeo | Country: Global | Sector: FMCG- Healthcare | Agency: Wieden & Kennedy | Format: Video and social media

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Huggies turns Facebook babies into Olympic stars »

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To coincide with the Olympics, Huggies Israel launched this Facebook video campaign, adding personalised sports commentaries for user-submitted baby videos. Huggies Israel enlisted the help of Israel’s most famous sports commentator, Zoheir Bahalool who provided a running commentary on each burp, roll and tumble for each baby video submitted to the Facebook page. The campaign attracted 40,000 unique users in Israel, with the average time on the page reaching 2 minutes and 14 seconds.

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Brand: Huggies/ Hogla | Media: Facebook | Country: Israel | Sector: Pharmaceutical & Medical | Agency: McCann Digital, Tel aviv | Format: Video and social media

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Case study: Little Printer causes big internet buzz »

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Little Printer has taken the Internet by storm, and it’s largely down to this simple but hugely effective YouTube video. Potentially the world's cutest printer, the device lets users print Tweets, photos and receipts without the need for bulky machines and expensive ink. When Little Printer was announced late last year, the video introducing it received a whopping 500,000 views in its first five days, whilst 60,000 people signed up for news on the device.

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Brand: Little Printer | Media: YouTube | Country: USA | Sector: Electronics | Agency: Berg London | Format: Video

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KLM plays airline matchmaker with ‘Meet and Seat’ »

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KLM’s quirky ‘Meet and Seat’ passenger matchmaking campaign has already drawn many plaudits. Now it’s ramping up awareness with a number celebrity endorsements on YouTube. KLM Meet & Seat campaign was designed by Tribal DDB Amsterdam. It lets people who booked a flight find interesting people aboard that same flight. The new Be My Guest campaign supports this launch, letting users have a ‘virtual chat’ with Dutch celebs, with the that chance that may become your travel companion. The campaign, which went live at the end of May, has already notched up over 10 million YouTube views in total across all videos.

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Brand: KLM | Media: YouTube | Country: Netherlands |Sector: Travel | Agency: Tribal DDB Amsterdam | Format: Video

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Case study: Nokia Finger Battle app »

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At the height of football fever this summer, Nokia launched a smartphone game to coincide with the Euro 2012 championships. This case study shows how the ‘Finger Battle app’ became one of the most popular application so the tournament. For the 2012 Euro Cup that took place in Poland and Ukraine, Nokia Poland wanted to create an app that could keep football fans entertained during the football fever in the country. The game became one of the top 10 most downloaded Euro Cup applications, and it became the 3rd most popular game app downloaded. There were more than 6 900 games played, and the app generated more than 5 000 downloads.

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Brand: Nokia | Media: Mobile app and Facebook | Country: Poland | Sector: Sport/ Mobile | Agency: Wunderman | Format: Mobile app and social media

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Facebook case study- Intel soundtracks your life with ‘Me The Musical’ »

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Intel has launched a new campaign that creates a personalised movie for Facebook users, drawing upon their social media data to create ‘Me The Musical’. The campaign, which launched in Japan to promote its new Ultrabook, takes Facebook users on an entertaining journey, via song and dance, through world events. Along the way, it adds a personal touch by including friends from Facebook and reminders of significant individual milestones.

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Brand: Intel | Media: Facebook app and video | Country: Japan | Sector: Computing | Agency: projector, Nexus Productions | Format: Video and social media

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How Parle Agro used Twitter to track stock, meet demand and engage with consumers »

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Supply and demand can be a tricky balancing act, but Indian snack-brand Parle Agro made smart use of Twitter as a way to gauge which stock to order next. Parle used Twitter to track stocks with consumers tweeting in about non availability of the baked snack Hippo. At zero cost Parle was able to replenish the stock in hours and keep the consumers updated about the availability of the snack. The campaign led to 76% increase in sales with few months of launch. The number of people tweeting was equivalent to 50% of sales and distribution network for Hippo. The campaign also helped Parle identify key markets and potential markets for Hippo.

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Brand: Hippo | Media: Twitter | Country: India |Sector: FMCG | Agency: Creativeland Asia| Format: Twitter

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Toshiba ‘makes battery charging exciting’ with email dating game »

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Toshiba with ’15 minutes of love’ has shown how to closely engage with people. The brand uses consumer insight of men and made battery charging fun and entertaining. While men charge their Toshiba electric batteries, they are given 15 minutes (the standard time taken to charge the battery) to engage in a personalised email conversation with 5 attractive girls vying for his attention. If you can't keep up with the 5 girls, they get increasingly annoyed, displayed through their pictures on the microsite, the microsite set up for the campaign lets users exchange emails with girls of their dreams in the same time it takes to charge one of Toshiba’s new batteries. The end result of how many girls you have kept happy or more to the point who has given you the push is displayed at the end and can be tweeted out or posted to Facebook as well.

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Brand: Toshiba | Country: Japan |Sector: Technology | Format: Email

Strepsils and Lemsip unleash ‘online grandma’ to cure man flu »

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Reckitt Benckiser has teamed two of its brands - Strepsils and Lemsip - to defeat 'Man-Flu' via an interactive video and social media campaign. Using social media data to provide personalised care and attention for customers, the flu medicine Strepsils took an interesting approach. The microsite is a little tongue and cheek, but definitely bears a great sense of humor to cheer up the sickly.

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Reckitt Benkiser | Media: Viral, Video, Social media | Country: Australia | Sector: FMCG personal care | Objective: Build brand equity, drive trial | Agency: Holler | Format: Video, social mmedia »

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Case study: Procter & Gamble takes Olympic sponsorship to 34 brands »

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Procter & Gamble's Olympic sponsorship is set to generate an addition $500m in sales according to its CEO. This case study looks at how the FMCG giant is using the digital channel to push its umbrella Olympic message across 34 of its brands. In announcing the firm’s positive Q2 results, Proctor and Gamble CEO Bob McDonald has cited P&G's Olympics sponsorship as an example of its "scale brought to life". Covering 34 brands and 4m stores over six months, this umbrella campaign should yield $500m in incremental sales, and a payback 50% higher than single brand efforts.

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Procter & Gamble | Media: YouTube, Viral, Video | Country: Global | Sector: FMCG personal care | Objective: Build brand equity, drive trial | Format: Viral Video »

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British Airways encourages Brits to stay home to support team GB »

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Olympic sponsor British Airways is asking supporters of the British Olympics team not to fly during the games in order to help British athletes. For their 2012 Olympic campaign British Airways highlighted the importance of the "home advantage" to athletes when they compete and encouraging Brits to stay home during the games in order to support them as much as possible and provide "the greatest home advantage we can give them".

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Brand: British Airways | Media: Facebook, Social Media | Country: UK |Sector: Travel | Agency: Bartle Bogle Hegarty |

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Viral marketing case study: Skittles Touch: Cat gets 5m views »

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In the age of touchscreen and interactivity, Skittles used an endearingly old-school method of engaging (and ultimately creeping out) the viewer with this series of ‘Touch’ ads on its YouTube channel. The best of the bunch was this ‘cat’ commercial, which has so far notched up 5 million views. Wrigley has long abandoned traditional advertising for their Skittles brand, and have instead decided to create one increasingly bizarre ad after another. While their earlier attempts have not really set the digital world on fire, this new campaign “Touch The Rainbow” has turned out to be an online success.

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Brand: Skittles | Media: Video | Country: US |Sector: FMCG | Agency: BBDO Toronto; | Format: YouTube

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Viral marketing case study: The T-Mobile Royal Wedding gets 20m views »

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The sight of Prince William leapfrogging Prince Harry, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams getting his groove on and other royals dancing their way down the aisle was enough to create one of the most successful virals of the year. To date it the T-Mobile video has received more than 20 million views - that's not so far off the number who watched the big day on television in the UK.
The video was conceived by the mobile carrier brand T-Mobile and has gained well over 20 million views since being uploaded to YouTube on April 15. Set to East 17's "House of Love".

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Brand: T-Mobile | Media: Video | Country: US |Sector: FMCG | Agency: Saatchi & Saatchi | Format: YouTube

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Dead Island 'rewinds' official announcement trailer to get 8m Views »

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In a year of high-profile game releases, this trailer for the relatively unknown game Dead Island was by far the most talked about console ad this year. With an innovative 'reverse story telling' premise, the trailer charts the tragic fate of a family caught up in a Zombie outbreak on a tropical paradise (warning: trailer below contains gory violence). Unlike the typical video game ad, which usually focuses on the action and intensity of the gameplay, the Dead Island trailer tells the emotional story of a family destroyed. The trailer generated 8 million views on Youtube, and tens of thousands of likes on Axis Animation’s Facebook page.

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Brand: Techland | Media: Video | Country: US |Sector: Games, Media | Agency: Axis Animation | Format: YouTube

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Volkswagen uses 'The Force' to net 45m YouTube views »

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This Volkswagen ad originally aired during the February 2011 Super Bowl broadcast, featuring a little boy dressed as “Star Wars” villain Darth Vader. He tries to use The Force to get his dog to rise, open the dryer, move a sandwich across the counter, and all in vain. Finally, dad comes home in the Passat. Junior Darth starts with the Jedi gesticulations to get the car to do something. Dad uses remote start from inside the house to fire up the ignition. His son is shocked. He got the force to work. He thinks he started the car with Jedi mind tricks. The ad combines humor with feel-good cutesiness and pop culture, and was one of the biggest virals of the year, generating a huge 45 million views on Youtube.

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Brand: Volkswagen | Media: Video | Country: US | Sector: Automotive | Agency: Deutsch LA | Format: YouTube

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T-Mobile brings Angry Birds to life to get 10m views »

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This promotional video from T-Mobile highlighted the phenomenally popular “Angry Birds” mobile video games. Purportedly actual video of a promotional event held in Barcelona, Spain in May, the clip shows Angry Birds players at a kiosk in a public square which broadcasts their gameplay on a giant screen, followed by the eruption of large plastic bird heads into the square. The video attracted over 10 million views, and emphasised a key aspect of T-mobile offering in a fun and innovative way, while piggy-backing on the phenomenon of Angry Birds.

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Brand: T-Mobile | Media: Video | Country: Spain | Sector: Mobile | Agency:Saatchi & Saatchi | Format: YouTube

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