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Top 10 Super Bowl ads: Budweiser sparks boycott as ads get political

Super Bowl ads went political this year, with immigration and diversity championed in between the American Football action. This case study looks at the 10 best commercials that aired during the 2017 final.


07/02/2017  |  Full story...

Video case study: Cristiano Ronaldo loses his powers in Nike ad

Ahead of Euro 2016, Nike Football launched this hugely engaging long-form ad, showing Cristiano Ronaldo switch bodies with an unsuspecting ballboy, in a footballing take on classic film ‘Freaky Friday’.

15/12/2016  |  Full story...

Video case study: Pokemon gets 25m views with first Super Bowl ad

In its Super Bowl debut back in February 2016, Pokemon scored big on YouTube and pre-game hype, paving the way for its hugely popular Pokemon Go! augmented reality game.

10/11/2016  |  Full story...

YouTube case study: Nike gets emotional to celebrate historic Cubs win

This week saw a historic event in the world of baseball: the Chicago Cubs won the World Series for the first time in 108 years. Nike marked the occasion with the emotional video as that amassed 1 million YouTube views in less than a day.

07/11/2016  |  Full story...

Pantene‘ Dad Do’ challenges NFL players style to daughters' hair

This heart-warming video series from P&G’s Pantene hair care brand captured the hearts of many Americans. The multiple awarded Dad-Do campaign has a great message and is likeable and very well executed, getting 7 million YouTube views.

26/10/2016  |  Full story...

Facial tracking shows Hershey’s’ Simone Biles is most engaging US Olympic ad

Hershey’s’, TD Ameritrade and Panasonic are the most engaging Olympic ads, according to a study which tracked people’s facial expressions while they watched them.

05/09/2016  |  Full story...

Email case study: Detroit Pistons sends self-updating emails to fan’s inboxes

This NBA season the Detroit Pistons made innovative use of dynamic emails to keep fans up to date with the latest basketball scores. This case study looks at how the US basketball team got a 49% increase in mobile engagement with live updating emails.


02/06/2016  |  Full story...

Super Bowl case study: How 12 big ads performed on social media

With 13.5 million tweets in less than 12 hours, this year’s Super Bowl, which marked the 50th anniversary of America’s biggest sporting event was bigger and louder than ever. Agency Carat looks at some of the biggest ads and their impact on social media.


09/02/2016  |  Full story...

TV fail: Microsoft Surface tablets go offline during live NFL playoff

A $400m sponsorship deal with the NFL backfired this weekend, after Microsoft’s Surface tablets went offline for coaching staff during a live game.

27/01/2016  |  Full story...

Case study: Clash of the Clans wins Super Bowl with Liam Neeson Taken spoof

One of the big Super Bowl ads to air during half-time was a hilarious bit featuring Liam Neeson spoofing his super-spy role in Taken, Bryan Mills. The ad went on to become a massive hit on YouTube, getting 80 million views for SuperCell’s Clash of the Clans mobile game.

03/12/2015  |  Full story...

Social media case study: Qantas crew wears All Blacks rugby kit after losing Twitter bet

Staff at Australian airline Qantas kept up their end of a bizarre social media bet after New Zealand triumphed in the Rugby World Cup final. This case study looks at how the friendly wager resulted in a victory for both sides on Twitter.


05/11/2015  |  Full story...

How Audi won the Super Bowl with Snapchat

Super Bowl Sunday is the biggest advertising day of the year, so how could a car brand stand out from the scrimmage? In 2014, Audi sent followers funny Snapchat pictures relevant to the game in real time. The campaign generated millions of earned impressions and introduced Audi to a new generation of consumers.

23/09/2015  |  Full story...

Cannes Lions case study: Under Armour kicks its way to the top

This year’s Grand Prix winner of the Cannes Lions 2015 Cyber category was sports apparel brand Under Armour for their “I will what I want” advert. The advert featured super model Giselle Bundchen and was created by New York based advertising agency Droga5.

I WILL WHAT I WANT - Gisele Bundchen - Website Case Study from John McKelvey on Vimeo.

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...

Search marketing case study: Washington Wizards boost ticket sales 72% with AdWords

The Washington Wizards surprised everyone during the 2013–2014 NBA season by making the playoffs for the first time in five years. To capitalize on the team's success, the Wizards' owners, Monumental Sports & Entertainment, looked to grow ticket sales and attract new fans in the mid-Atlantic region. To do so, it used AdWords ad extensions and focused its ticket pricing strategy on the most engaged AdWords campaigns. The final score? Its overall return on ad spend for the 2013-2014 season jumped 293% and 72% of ticket purchases via AdWords come from new fans.

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21/05/2015  |  Full story...

How Turkish Airlines reached 100m potential customers with selfies

In a wildly popular commercial for Turkish Airlines, two of sports" greatest stars-Kobe Bryant and Lionel Messi-vie for the attention of one starstruck kid. Following on its success, the company created a new YouTube ad called "Kobe vs. Messi: The Selfie Shootout" to continue increasing brand awareness in Europe, North America, the Middle East and the Far East. The spot was another huge success: It became one of the fastest spreading commercials on YouTube, with 77 million views in just one week, and was one of the most popular ads of 2013.

21/05/2015  |  Full story...

Fake marketing case study: The most epic Super Bowl commercial that Newcastle Ale didn’t make

Brown Ale brand Newcastle in the USA couldn’t afford to advertise in the 2014 Super Bowl and even if they did have the budget, an exclusive deal with Anheuser-Busch InBev would have prevented them from securing any airtime during the big game anyway. As creating a TV commercial was out of the question, Newcastle ran a marketing campaign around the TV commercial they would have made – “If we made it.” The brewer punched above its weight with the campaign generating a greater buzz than the richer and legitimate sponsors of the game.

21/05/2015  |  Full story...

Content creation case study: Adidas teams with YouTube creators to generate World Cup buzz

This case study looks at the success Adidas had at the 2014 FIFA World Cup by teaming up with YouTube creators KICKTV to publish up-to-date content for their YouTube channel. By teaming up with KICKTV, Adidas were able to gain expertise into the art of creating content for YouTube.

30/03/2015  |  Full story...

Social media marketing: The Dulux Color Run

Described as “the happiest 5K on the planet”, the Color Run is a unique race held in cities all over the world. It’s an untimed race in which thousands of participants are doused from head to toe in different colours at each kilometre, a hugely popular event in Indonesia. As one of the sponsors of the event Dulux used social media to amplify its brands association with the event.

19/03/2015  |  Full story...

Marketing case study: How Red Bull has taken sports marketing to the extreme

Red Bull has taken content marketing to new levels, aiming to be the ‘feature story’ instead of the commercial. The company which began ‘giving people wings’ in 1987 when the first can was sold in Austria, has gone on to become a leading global brand creating and publishing amazing content. Red Bull has connected with its young audience by establishing itself as an enabler of thrill, sponsoring over 500 extreme sports, from base jumping, to snow sports, and even has its own Formula 1 team. Fans are kept up to date with all things extreme through a range of digital channels which even includes its own online TV channel – Red Bull TV.


11/03/2015  |  Full story...

Adidas controversial ‘haters’ ad gets 1.5m views on first day

Luis Suarez is a controversial footballer- so how do you sell a sports brand on his image? This new Adidas' takes a bold move to embrace the ‘haters’- which appears to have paid off.

26/02/2015  |  Full story...

Digital marketing case study – This Girl Can, Sport England’s campaign to get women active

This Girl Can is a nationwide campaign by Sport England to inspire women and girls to get moving, get active and exercise. There is a huge gap between the amount of men and women doing sport because millions of women and girls are afraid to exercise of fear of judgement. The campaign has a strong empowering message to feel comfortable working out regardless of shape, size or age whilst celebrating women in sport.

12/02/2015  |  Full story...

Social media case study: Ireland and 3 connect rugby fans abroad with community tools

Ireland’s first game of the 2015 Six nations tournament took place in Rome last weekend, with huge expectations on the team for the opening game against Italy, the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU)’s social media campaign helped to create a community feel for all the fans making the trip to the Italian capital and those watching from the Emerald Isle.

12/02/2015  |  Full story...

Super Bowl case study: Loctite gambles entire year’s budget on one ad

Straight from out of left field, Loctite's first-ever Super Bowl ad succeeded in getting people to talk about the brand. The 52-year old glue brand spent its entire annual budget on one Super Bowl commercial- priced at $4.5m for a 30 second slot. This case study looks at whether the gamble paid off.

04/02/2015  |  Full story...

McDonald’s Super Bowl strategy: ‘Pay With Lovin’ and Twitter ad break giveaways

At this year’s Super Bowl, McDonalds certainly took the prize for most innovative digital aspect of a campaign, with a two-pronged social media strategy to get people engaging with the brand while watching the game. The fast food chain used its 2015 ad to announce that it will let random customer pay with funny and heart-warming gestures rather than cash. This was followed up with tweets that pledged to giveaway all other products advertised during each ad break- from Toyota cars to superglue.

04/02/2015  |  Full story...

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