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Taco Bell social media ‘Blackout’ drives record app sign-ups

With every major brand trying to make the most noise in social spaces, how do you get people to notice something new? Taco Bell decided to stop making noise altogether. This case study looks at how the US fast food brand shut down its social media accounts to generate hype around its app- driving a huge number of subscribers and making number 22 in the iOS App Store in the process.

23/09/2015  |  Full story...

Snapchat case study: Candy brand Sour Patch Kids have a sweet year on Snapchat

Mondelez’s Sour Patch Kids launched on Snapchat partnering with Vine Star Logan Paul to market directly to teens. This case study looks at how the sweet brand used a popular new communication plaform to get 120,000 new followers on the channel.

22/07/2015  |  Full story...

Cannes Lions case study: Vodafone’s secret app gives women in Turkey a lifeline

This year’s Grand Prix winner of the Cannes Lions 2015 Media category was Vodafone for their red light app. The secret app was disguised as a flashlight and enabled women in Turkey to ask for help when they were in danger of domestic violence.

02/07/2015  |  Full story...

Gamification case study: Nike+ saves customers from zombies (and wins their data)

Nike+ Fuel which is available through the Nike+ app and wearing the Nike Fuelband is an example of a great game, which ensures a large number of customers stay in contact and communicate with the brand.

10/06/2015  |  Full story...

Mobile CRM case study: How Paribas used push notifications to boost mobile presence

With a presence in 75 countries and nearly 200,000 employees worldwide, BNP Paribas is a major bank in the euro zone and the fourth largest bank in the world.This case study looks at how the bank used a multi-channel approach with a dedicated banking app that boosted its customer ratings by 60%.


14/05/2015  |  Full story...

Social video case study: AT&T helps users argue case for mobile ownership with Facebook app

Back in 2012, AT&T ran a Facebook campaign to promote some of its 4G phones. The “You’ve Got A Case” app accesses their Facebook profile to generate a customised video that let the user “make a case” to their friends and family of why they should purchase them a new smartphone . This case study looks at how the communications giant made smart use of social media apps to get a record –breaking quarter for smartphone sales.

25/03/2015  |  Full story...

App case study: Emirates NBD promotes ‘impulse saving’ with Shake N’Save app

How do you make financial services appeal to the younger generation? This case study looks at how Emirates NBD used mobile app Shake N’Save combined with social media and video content to encourage savings among teens and potentially win over their custom for life.

17/02/2015  |  Full story...

Near field communication case study: The end of the silent magazine

Billboard magazine in Brazil challenged its advertising agency Ogilvy to help their magazine stand out on shelves in newsagents. The result: the first music magazine in the world to play the music readers are reading about.

26/01/2015  |  Full story...

How to handle a marketing fail: Mobile bug wakes up Australians an hour early

Smartphone users in Australia were given a rude awakening on 13th January 2015, when a technical glitch meant the customers of mobile network Optus were woken up an hour earlier by their alarm apps. This case study looks at how the brand reacted to the social media backlash with offers of free coffee and food.

21/01/2015  |  Full story...

App case study: How Monument Valley game generated $4.5m profits with a team of just 8

With mobile games proving big business, what exactly does it take to make it to some of the best game lists of the year? Ustwo, the developer behind indie smash hit Monument Valley, has provided a rare insight into the production costs, pricing strategies and sales breakdowns that helped the award winning puzzler become one of 2014’s success stories.

19/01/2015  |  Full story...

Mobile case study: User controlled Android app takes over Times Square

In November 2014,Google took control of the largest digital screen in North America promote Android with an innovative app that projected user creations into the skies above Times Sqaure, New York. The company has rented the outdoor display, created by Clear Channel, until January 2015, at an estimated cost of $2.5m (£1.59m) per four-week period. Google will use the billboard to showcase a number of its leading products, including the newly-released Nexus handsets and tablets, Android Wear, Chrome and Google Maps. The company is also planning to give over some of its allotted time and media space to six different non-profit organisations, as well as the Google-related cause project Made with Code.

27/11/2014  |  Full story...

Lacoste runs Snapchat competition #SpotTheCroc

Lacoste has launched its first campaign on Snapchat, as the sportswear brand looks to boost its digital reach to young fans. Lacoste has teamed up with BETC Digital to run the #SpotTheCroc competition on Snapchat, asking followers to find its iconic crocodile hidden in a series of five short videos. The competition runs for two months with a 10 second video to be shared every two weeks.

The videos for the campaign will illustrate various sports such as tennis, golf, skateboarding, slackline and rollerblading, in line with Lacoste’s brand signature: Life is a Beautiful Sport.

19/11/2014  |  Full story...

Ben and Jerry’s uses augmented reality to create ‘Moo Vision’

Ben and Jerry’s was one of the first big brands to pioneer augmented reality marketing campaigns, using an iPhone ‘Scoop of Happiness’ app to turn ice cream lids into fantastical animations that helped customers learn more about their ice creams, fostering more brand loyalty as a result.

30/10/2014  |  Full story...

Heinz Tomato Ketchup augmented reality recipe book

Back in 2011, Heinz used augmented reality to launch a digital marketing campaign to promote Tomato Ketchup as a cooking ingredient in a number of different recipes. This case study looks at how the popular condiment managed to turn packaging into a fun user experience that got 170,000 people engaged with the brand in a new and exciting way.

30/10/2014  |  Full story...

Tumblr case study: Samsung Tumblr blog pushes Galaxy camera content to other social networks

Samsung wanted to create a destination that could show off its GALAXY Camera and generate buzz among photographers and tech fans on four major social networks. This case study looks at how the electronics giant used Tumblr’s API as a central hub to push images to Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest, getting a 70% increase in earned impressions.


17/07/2014  |  Full story...

Mobile app marketing: Abercrombie pairs weather forecast with seasonal looks

The Abercrombie brand is first and foremost about looking hot. This was taken to the next level by transforming something as practical as a weather app into a way to find hot new looks, modelled by attractive forecasters. This case study looks at how the fashion brand used mobile app marketing to get customers engaging with the brand while on the move.

18/06/2014  |  Full story...

Vine case studies – Oreo cookies build talkability with Vines


Oreo cookies have won dozens of digital marketing awards for their success in social media, and these vines are a great case study of how a brand can be brought to life to build talkability in just 6 seconds.

10/06/2014  |  Full story...

Mobile loyalty through gaming: Coca-Cola game rewards players with more mobile data

A recent study revealed 2.7 million Korean youths were Coke “brand neglectors”. Coca-Cola Korea teamed up with The Slate to create a mobile campaign that would convert teens by reinforcing Coke’s brand image as an energizing refreshment. Coke PLAY is a real and virtual playground for young people aged 12 to 29 to connect using mobile devices that incorporate voice recognition and location and motion, detecting technologies for games and activities. Because 80 percent of Korean teens exceed their wireless data capacity each month, Coke PLAY awards additional data as prizes. This case study shows how the drinks giant created mobile loyalty through gaming.

02/06/2014  |  Full story...

App case study: How mobile phenomenon Candy Crush Saga ‘makes $850,000 a day’

Candy Crush Saga is currently making $850,000 a day, as the year-old mobile puzzle game reveals the secrets to its ‘freemium’ business model success. Launched in September 2012, Candy Crush is a "freemium" app, which means it's free to download, but users can purchase in-game upgrades. King, the team behind Candy Crush, have perfected the art in in-game purchases by keeping the game addictive and adding regular updates.

Watch a trailer for Candy Crush Saga below;

Brand: Candy Crush | Sector: Mobile gaming, Apps | Country: Global | Objective: brand awareness, consideration and purchase | Format: Mobile, Apps, Gaming

18/09/2013  |  Full story...

IKEA catalogue puts virtual furniture in users’ living rooms

This year’s IKEA catalogue comes with an augmented reality twist, giving users the ability to place virtual furniture in their own home with the help of a smartphone app. The service works by users scanning selected pages in the 2014 printed IKEA catalogue with the IKEA catalogue application (available for iOS and Android) or by browsing the pages in the digital 2014 IKEA catalogue on a smartphone or tablet. The company's playful video demonstrates a few other things you could do with the app.

Brand: IKEA | Sector: Homewares, Retail | Country: UK | Objective: brand awareness, consideration and purchase | Format: Mobile, Print, App

14/08/2013  |  Full story...

Lynx debuts holiday dating app to 'Get Le Girl'

In summer 2013, Lynx launched a humorous dating app to help young men charm women and compete with their friends while on holiday. The Unilever-owned brand created the app, called Get le girl, to assist young men on their quest to meet women while on holiday. The app includes chat up line translations created to help guys master the native tongue and impress local girls.

Brand: Lynx/Axe | Sector: FMCG Healthcare | Country: UK | Partner/agency: TMW | Objective: brand awareness, consideration and purchase | Format: Mobile, app

14/08/2013  |  Full story...

Oreo augmented reality One Direction campaign brings product packages to life

Mondelēz International and Nabisco's Oreo, Trident and Ritz are using augmented reality technology to promote their sponsorship of One Direction’s 2013 North American tour.
The augmented reality packaging features the band on more than 21 million specially-marked packages. Each experience can be unlocked by downloading the 1D VIP app, pointing the mobile device at the package and scanning it to reveal a message from One Direction. Fans can also download the free 1D VIP app at either the Apple or Google Play stores, snap a photo of their favorite snack package with a mobile device and unlock an exclusive experience featuring One Direction.


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Brand: Mondelēz International, Nabisco' | Sector: FMCG, Food and Beverage | Country: US | Objective: brand awareness and favourability | Format: Mobile, augmented reality |

03/06/2013  |  Full story...

Mobile marketing case study: Del Monte gets seasonal with summer food ideas app


Del Monte is dispensing ideas for parents this summer via a mobile application ‘Springpad’. This mobile marketing case study looks at how the food brand is partnering a popular independent app to boost its reach to mums on the move. As part of the campaign, Del Monte created a notebook called “Garden Fresh Entertaining,” which includes seven different food and drink recipes that incorporate the brand’s fruit and vegetable products for summer. Once users find a Del Monte recipe that they like, they can save it to one of their notebooks to access later. The notebooks can be made either public or private. The recipes include step-by-step directions and a toggle that lets consumers choose if they want to make a recipe or if they have already made an item. If consumers have already cooked a recipe, they can enter a review of the item and can rate the recipe on a scale of five stars.

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Brand: Del Monte| Sector: FMCG, Food and Beverage | Country: US | Objective: brand awareness and favourability | Format: Mobile, App |

03/06/2013  |  Full story...

Shopping app case study: Stouffer gets 2 million users with meal planner app


Stouffer’s new app lets customers plan their meals, providing recommendations and grocery lists for local stores based on their preferences. This shopping app case study looks at how the Frozen food brand managed to get 2 million families engaging with the brand through an app tailored for its core audience.The ‘Food on the Table’ app requires users’ to input their preferred food and dishes and the grocery stores they shop at. Then it will recommend dishes for the week with the potential to save money by listing the items on sale each week at your chosen grocery stores and recipes based on those sale items. The mobile app syncs up with the user’s account on the website.

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Brand: Stouffer | Sector: FMCG, Food and Beverage | Country: US | Objective: brand awareness and favourability | Format: Mobile, App |

03/06/2013  |  Full story...

Oscar Mayer’s ‘hilarious honest old guy’ links mobile and video to build brand engagement

Oscar Mayer’s latest app lets users create their own commercials centred around “Grandpa Frank.” This mobile video case study looks at how the Kraft brand created consumer engagement and brand loyalty through new technology. Frank fans are invited to create their own films by uploading their own mobile video footage, inserting “Frankisms”, and sharing their own web-optimised commercials under the hashtag #TransparentGrandpa until June 13. Oscar Mayer will select its favourite Frank footage to feature on the company's Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube channels. The firm is promoting the campaign via its social channels as well as through digital media buys, including mobile inventory.

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Brand: Oscar Mayer | Sector: FMCG, Food and Beverage | Country: US | Objective: brand awareness and favourability | Format: Mobile, App |

02/06/2013  |  Full story...

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