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Papa Johns smashes engagement benchmark with programmatic native ads

Ball Street, the company behind the 451 digital football show, has beaten its engagement benchmark by 71% after deploying a programmatic native approach. Working with RadiumOne, Ball Street developed video content, sponsored by Papa John’s, and pushed it out in three bursts around matches with a deciding role in the race for the Premier League title (Liverpool v Chelsea, Crystal Palace v Liverpool and Man City v West Ham).

View a sample of the show with Papa John's Sponsorship below:

28/07/2014  |  Full story...

World Cup marketing trends: Brands react to Germany thrashing Brazil

Germany’s spectacular 7-1 semi final victory over Brazil at the 2014 World Cup broke many records, including some on social media- with many brands joining the conversation. The game attracted a staggering 35.6 million Tweets on the night, becoming the 'most-discussed' single game ever on Twitter as brands flocked to the social network with their own take on the shock defeat for the host nation. The World Cup has become the latest showcase event for Twitter's second-screen ambitions, complete with a promoted section within the company's mobile apps when matches are playing.

This YouTube ad for a German Radio station summed up the night:

09/07/2014  |  Full story...

Twitter fail: KLM apologises for offensive Mexico World Cup tweet

Dutch airline KLM was forced to apologise for joke tweet following Netherlands' victory over Mexico at the 2014 World Cup. This case study looks at the perils of tweeting before you think, especially when caught up in the euphoria of sporting victory over large segment of your customer base.


02/07/2014  |  Full story...

Mahou-San Miguel uses online gaming to engage fans ahead of final

Mahou-San Miguel, the most important beer brand in Spain, leveraged its sports sponsorships by hosting an online game for consumers aged 18 to 50 leading up to a football match between two Madrid rivals. This case study looks at how the brand used online gaming to engage fans to reach 10% of Madrid’s population.

18/06/2014  |  Full story...

Nike and Samsung beat World Cup sponsors for video shares

Nike, Samsung and Castrol top the chart of the most shared World Cup focused video ads, ahead of brands that are official sponsors of the tournament, according to a new report from Unruly. Coca-Cola, the first affiliated brand to appear in the listing, accounted for 2.5 times fewer shares than Castrol, that sits in third place. Other Word Cup sponsors that fail to make the top 11 include Budweiser (16th), Sony (18th), McDonald’s (20th) and Johnson & Johnson (24th)

10/06/2014  |  Full story...

Video case study: How Budweiser’s ‘Puppy Love’ ad won the Super Bowl ad battle

Back in February 2014, Budweiser’s “Puppy Love” became the runaway winner of Super Bowl 2014. The cute commercial, which tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a horse and a puppy, was not only the most shared video online, but also the ad which attracted the most TV coverage. This case study from Unruly Media looks at how the commercial became an internet sensation- racking up over 50m YouTube views by within 3 months.

21/05/2014  |  Full story...

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.

31/03/2014  |  Full story...

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

05/03/2014  |  Full story...

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

03/03/2014  |  Full story...

Lamborghini targets racing fans with live video streaming


In September 2013, Italian automaker Lamborghini introduced a live-streaming racing community to target aspirational consumers and racing enthusiasts. The new service went live at the Sept. 21-22 the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo race at the Nürburgring racecourse in Germany. The brand provided dedicated fans with moment-to-moment video and multimedia pertaining to the weekend’s races. Rather than inventing new content, finding ways to bring traditional events to social media can help Lamborghini bridge the gap between young and old consumers.

Brand: Lamborghini | Sector: Automotive, Luxury | Country: Global Objective: brand awareness, consideration and purchase | Format: Social, Video

25/09/2013  |  Full story...

Tour De France champions Team Sky tracks social media success


Team Sky, home to Chris Froome and winner of this year’s Tour de France, used RadiumOne’s platform to track and boost both fan growth and engagement across its global digital presence.

Brand: Team Sky | Sector: Social Media | Country: UK | Partner/agency: RadiumOne | Objective: brand awareness, consideration and purchase | Format: Social Media

02/09/2013  |  Full story...

Rolex amplifies 30-year Wimbledon sponsorship with digital content

Swiss watchmaker Rolex amplified its 30-year sponsorship of Wimbledon with a raft of digital content based around the world’s most famous tennis competition. This case study showed how Rolex used a ‘scorecard’ Facebook app, Twitter hashtags and video content to deeply embed its brand into the event experience.

Brand: Rolex | Sector: Luxury, Clothing| Country: UK | Objective: brand awareness, consideration and purchase | Format: Video, Social media

31/07/2013  |  Full story...

How MTN used banner advertising to create brand awareness and favourability


MTN used BBC sponsorship to boost brand awareness and favourability. The communications company used sponsorship on BBC world news and World Cup ads across Africa and the Middle East. The campaign resulted in 97% brand favourability from those who saw the ads on BBC platforms. “Creative and collaborative from the start, BBC Advertising delivered the ideal view of Cyprus to attract our target audience.”- Phoebe Katsouris, Director General, Cyprus Tourism

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Brand: Cyprus | Sector: Travel & Tourism | Objective: brand awareness and favourability | Format: BBC Banner ads |


Baseball app gets 6 million users in 24 hours on ‘Opening Day’ relaunch


The official app for Major League Baseball got an update on the first day of the new US season- getting 6 million players accessing the tool within 24 hours. In March 2013, MLB announced that the At Bat app, which is available for iOS, Android and BlackBerry, was accessed 6 million times on Monday, the first day of baseball’s 2013 season. That’s double the amount of use the app saw on Opening Day 2012.

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Brand: Major League Baseball | Sector: Sport | Country: US/ Global | Objective: Build brand engagement, drive sales | Format: Mobile, apps, gaming

25/04/2013  |  Full story...

How L’Oreal used banner advertising on BBC to leverage the sponsorship of the Melbourne Grand Prix


L’Oreal used BBC banner ads on the Sports and News pages of to leverage the brand’s sponsorship of the Melbourne Grand Prix alongside BBC coverage of the event. The campaign was targeted to male over 30 years and with BB was the right channel selection with the audience average age of 40 in Asia Pacific. The purpose of the campaign was to raise awareness of L’Oréal’s Melbourne Grand Prix sponsorship and drive traffic to the L’Oréal MenExpert site.

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Brand: L’Oreal| Sector: Consumer Goods | Objective: brand awareness | Format: Banners ads |'oreal

04/04/2013  |  Full story...

App case study: Reebok 'promise keeper' app helps motivate and engage consumers

Reebok's ‘Promise Keeper’ app engaged users by providing real world benefit and told their social network all about it, and Reebok's trainers. The app they wanted to not only promote the ZigTech running shoe, but also ensure people didn't forget about it too quickly across Europe. The campaign was designed to generate conversation and target people who liked to keep fit, but who sometimes lacked the motivation to do so. This case study looks at how the sports brand generated a click-through rate of 14% of the website, 28% perceiving the Reebok app as their exercising partner and a high user loyalty with above 91% of registered users continuing to use the application since launch.

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26/03/2013  |  Full story...

Video case study: Puma creates Olympic portal for Usain Bolt

During the 2012 Olympics, PUMA created an entire brand environment for its customers to interact with both in person and remotely through live video content, with events and content timed around PUMA-sponsored Jamaican sprinter, Usain Bolt, and his epic performances in the 100 and 200 meters. Working with Brightcove, this video case study shows how the sports brand created engagnement and positive brand buzz during and after the games.

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Brand: Puma | Sector: Sports, Clothing | Country: UK/ Global | Objective: Build brand enagagement, drive sales | Agency/ Partner: Brightcove | Format: Video


Mobile case study: Adidas “Light You Up” campaign

Adidas ran this mobile campaign to promote its latest football boots. Mullen’s mediahub worked with Millennial Media to target users across multiple mobile platforms, inviting them to the Adidas’ “Light You Up” promotional light show. To cap off the event, footballer Lionel Messi joined everyone at New York City’s Penn Station. This is a great example of how location based targeting can be used with mobile video to reach local users with relative and time sensitive messages in order to drive foot traffic to an event. Banner ads engaged nearby users to click through to the landing page to see event information.

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Brand: Adidas | Sector: Sport, Clothing | Country: US | Objective: Build brand enagagement, drive sales | Agency/ Partner: Millenial Media | Format: Video, Live Event, Display Advertising, Outdoor

26/03/2013  |  Full story...

Nike gives youngsters chance to show off football skills online

In June 2010, Nike sent out a call around the world: use Facebook to demonstrate your football skills and earn a pro contract at the Nike Academy. Nike’s ‘The Chance’ was a unique global talent search that gave amateur footballers the chance to prove themselves on an elite stage and take their game to the next level. More than 100,000 players from 55 countries around the world participated in Nike’s The Chance 2012, culminating in the best 100 participating in a global final at FC Barcelona’s famed youth academy. Nike broadcast all the action via Nike social channels to a global audience of millions.

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Brand: Nike | Sector: Clothing, Sports | Country: Global | Objective: Build brand enagagement, drive sales | Format: Facebook,Social Media, Outdoor, Live Event


Reebok ‘Butt Revolution’ boosts customer engagement via Facebook shares


To promote its ‘EasyTone’ trainers designed to boost fitness, Reebok India integrated social media into a new campaign under the title ‘Butt Revolution’, designed to inspire women to share stories get fit, while promoting the sports brand’s latest footwear. This campaign was activated on Facebook on the Reebok India channel, and led to a fan base of 40,000 in 2 weeks with 90% users being Women. The campaign not only led to awareness and positive perception but also led to 12 Fold Increase in sales.

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Brand: Reebok | Sector: Sports, Clothing | Country: India | Objective: Build brand enagagement, drive sales | Format: Social Media, Facebook, Video, YouTube

26/03/2013  |  Full story...

Case study – blogger engagement strategies in the UK


Digital marketers often overlook blogger engagement strategies which can be a quick win for many brands – here we show the top 20 most influential blogs in the UK market as a reminder that blogger engagement strategies should be on every marketer’s radar.

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Sector: Sport, Fashion, FMCG, Media, Film, Entertainment, TV, Finance, Gardening, Music, Food and Beverages, Travel, Retail, Retaurants, Health and Beauty | Country: UK | Objective: Brand positioning, drive engagement, Seasonal promotion | Format: SEO, Google, AdWords, Newspapers |

14/03/2013  |  Full story...

Virgin Media enlists Mo Farah for sports game


Built around Virgin’s association with Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah, this ad unit was all about speed. Using Say Media's Ad Frames format, the opening unit featured dynamic menu items that raced around a track, compelling the viewer to chase them to investigate. This is a good example of a gaming mechanic employed to drive engagement. Once successful, the participant was rewarded with more Virgin content. This unit also came with a more traditional arcade style game, in which the player raced Mo Farah, reminiscent of the famous mid-80s game, Track & Field which involved bashing alternate buttons on the keyboard furiously to make your athlete run faster.

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Brand: Virgin | Sector: Telecoms | Country: UK | Objective: Build brand engagement, drive sales | Format: Display advertising | Agency/ Partner: Say Media

04/03/2013  |  Full story...

Social media case study: Super Bowl blackout hands victory to Twitter


A 35 minute power outage on the pitch at this year's Super Bowl XLVII led to a surge in traffic on social media. The showdown between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers was shut down for 35 minutes when half of the lights in the New Orleans Superdome went out. The resulting confusion led to a surge in traffic on social media sites talking about what became known online as "the blackout bowl." Advertisers were quick to capitalise on the sudden ad space opportunity. Within four minutes of the outage, advertisers had sent out their first tweets 'newsjacking' the event with their own branded take on the story.

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Brand: Oreo, Tide, Audi | Sector: FMCG, Food and Beverage, Automotive, Household goods | Country: US | Objective: Build brand engagement | Format: Twitter, Social Media |

14/02/2013  |  Full story...

Case study: Carling lets soccer fans ‘Be The Coach’

Last year, Carling Black Label ran a mobile campaign inviting South African soccer fans to ‘Be The Coach’. Using mobile voting users selected the team and make live substitutions in a huge South African soccer game. This case study looks at how the campaign generated almost 450% traffic increase to its Facebook page and a 600% Twitter following increase.

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Brand: Carling | Sector: FMCG, Food and Beverage | Country: South Africa | Agencies: Ogilvy South Africa | Objective: Build brand engagement | Format: Video, Mobile, Social Media |

14/02/2013  |  Full story...

Banned Sodastream Super Bowl ad becomes Internet hit

A Sodastream commercial has become a hit on YouTube, after being banned from an upcoming Super Bowl spot by broadcaster CBS for mocking rivals.CBS rejected the company's initial attempt at a Super Bowl spot, reportedly, because the content of the spot took a direct swipe at two other Super bowl participants - Coke and Pepsi. After the ban, Sodastream submitted a revised version featuring no brand names. It also released the spot that was rejected by CBS. The banned version is now on YouTube, and has ammased around 2 million views to date.

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Brand: Sodastream | Sector: FMCG, Food and Beverage | Country: US | Objective: Build brand engagement | Agency: Common, Pale Dot Voyage, Octopus of the Mind | Format: YouTube, Video |

06/02/2013  |  Full story...

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