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April Fools' round-up: HTC’s Gluuv, Vegemite Energy drink and Google’s Pokemon challenge

April Fool’s Day has become a major event in the digital calendar, with many brands and media owners creating elaborate pranks to show off their funny side (and get plenty of social media shares and column inches in the process). We’ve put together some of the best hoaxes from this year's batch for your viewing pleasure…

11/04/2014  |  Full story...

Axe gets serious with ‘Make Love Not War’ video

In a surprise move, Axe has ditched its playboy image with a serious message for this year’s Super Bowl commercial slot to push its new ‘Peace’ fragrance.The brand, often known for inciting controversy in the gender wars, has issued a new 30-second Super Bowl spot—using the old 60s slogan "Make love. Not war" to push its latest product range. The "Make love. Not war" slogan appears at the end, along with the logo of the Peace One Day organization, which is a partner of the campaign. (Axe is giving $250,000 to the group and promoting it on its website and Facebook.) The hashtag is #KissForPeace.

Watch the extended ‘Call to Arms’ ad below:

Brand: Axe/ Lynx/Unilever | Sector: FMCG, Healthcare | Country: Global | Agency/Partner: BBH London / Objective: brand awareness, consideration and purchase | Format: Video, YouTube, Viral

11/02/2014  |  Full story...

Pot Noodle pays for student’s tuition fees in Facebook search for ‘Scholar’


To coincide with the new academic year, Unilever's Pot Noodle offered one student the chance to have their tuition fees for the next year paid for them, as part of a new Facebook ‘Scholar’ campaign. The winner was given everything they need to live the Uni lifestyle including Pot Noodle-branded t-shirts, trainers, bed sheets, condoms, a year’s supply of Pot Noodle and a “legendary” party.

Brand: Unilever, Pot Noodle | Sector: FMCG, Food and Beverages | Country: UK | Objective: brand awareness, consideration and purchase | Format: Social, Facebook

06/11/2013  |  Full story...

How Ryan Gosling, Dove and Space Oddity went viral: Twitter hunts for formula to web success

Going viral on the internet is a goal for all brands, but is there is secret to becoming a web sensation? This week, Twitter examined three big viral video hits - actor Ryan Gosling 'refusing' to eat cereal, astronaut Chris Hadfield singing Space Oddity and Dove's Real Beauty marketing campaign to demonstrate how internet buzz spreads.

Brand: Dove | Sector: FMCG, Health and Beauty | Country: Global | Objective: brand awareness, consideration and purchase | Format: Twitter, Social media, Video, YouTube

02/09/2013  |  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...

Cannes Lions online video case study: Dove’s Real Beauty Sketches online video wins Cannes Cyber Lions Gold

Dove has been successfully engaging its female target audience with its ‘Campaign for Real Beauty’ for a number of years now. Through the use of innovative and integrated, multi-channel campaigns they have already amassed a significant following online. So to re-engage the audience in the debate, they needed some exceptional creativity and excellence in advertising communications. This latest activation of the brand communication idea, with one compelling 3 minute video at its heart, has surpasses all previous work and been their most successful yet. In this Cannes Lions online video case study we show you why…

Brand: Dove | Sector: FMCG, Personal care| Country: US and global | Objective: brand consideration and preference | Format: Video

21/06/2013  |  Full story...

Unilever increases brand awareness 24% with South East Asian games mobile push

Unilever sponsored the 2011 SEA Games and worked with AdMob to create interactive mobile campaigns using "Rich Media Designs for Mobile". The campaign delivered great performance, with 646,000 clicks on brand banners and a 24% increased aided brand awareness & 29% increased brand favorability. This video case study shows how the brand managed to engage the home team Indonesia.

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Brand: Unilever | Sector: FMCG | Country: Indonesia | Objective: Build brand enagagement, drive sales | Agency/ Partner: AdMob/ Mindshare | Format: Mobile, Outdoor, Display Advertising

26/03/2013  |  Full story...

Dove confronts beauty PhotoShoppers with hoax plugin

Dove took its ‘Campaign for Real Beauty’ up a notch in February 2013, as the Unilever brand deployed a fake PhotoShop plugin to catch designers in the act of manipulating model images. In Canada, OgilvyOne seeded the tool on popular sites, with the promise to add skin tone to an image. However, the plugin actually erased all special effects and returned the photo to its original state (“Don’t manipulate our perceptions of real beauty” appears on-screen).The ad has so far amassed 750,000 YouTube views, and earned plenty of column inches in the press.

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Brand: Dove | Sector: FMCG, Health and Beauty | Country: Canada | Objective: Brand positioning, drive engagement, | Agency: OgilvyOne | Format: Social Media, Reddit, Video, YouTube, Viral Marketing |

14/03/2013  |  Full story...

Twitter case study: Magnum's coupon giveaway with #GrabaSpoon hashtag


Magnum worked with to run a Twitter camapign promoting its new pleasure pots, offering free ice-cream to the first 5,000 respondents. The camapgin made smart use of the micro-blogging plaform, raising awareness of the luxury ice-cream brand's latest product in an engaging and fun way.

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Brand: Unilever, Magnum | Sector: FMCG, Food and beverage | Country: UK | Agency;, GolinHarris | Objective: Build brand engagement | Format: Twitter |

25/02/2013  |  Full story...

Video case study: Lyons Tea gets first ‘pause button’ video ads on RTE player


Unilever Ireland ran a new ‘on pause’ video ad campaign for its Lyons Tea brand in Ireland- triggered every time a user pauses their video player on the RTE website. The format demonstrates what can be delivered by working collaboratively with industry partners, and was the result of significant investment in new technology by RTÉ to enable the ad’s deployment.

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Brand: Unilever Ireland, Lyons Tea | Sector: FMCG, Food and beverage | Country: Ireland | Agency; Mindshare | Objective: Build brand engagement | Format: Video, RTE |

25/02/2013  |  Full story...

Best Facebook fan pages – case studies


These days every brand wants a Facebook fan page, but few brands achieve real engagement. When marketing directors asked our team to find case studies of the best Facebook fan pages, we looked for those that had great social conversations, really engaged with consumers and gave people a reason to follow.

Today’s marketers need to be able to make good judgements about social channels, and yet many brands have a weak presence, with social conversations brands that feel pretty dull. If you’re going to win in social media marketing, then you need to create vibrant conversations your consumers will love to take part in. Here are some of the best Facebook fan page case studies trainers at the Digital Training Academy have been using when coaching brands and agencies on social media strategies.

08/11/2012  |  Full story...

Social media marketing- Unilever uses Facebook vouchers for Marmite cereal bar giveaway


In early 2010, Unilever launched a campaign on Facebook to distribute samples of its new Marmite Cereal Bar and to drive awareness of the new product. This case study shows how the brand used the Facebook Ad Units format to create buzz, generating 22m impressions and distributing 33,000 samples to its target audience of mums and young adults.

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Brand: Unilever Marmite |Media: Facebook | Country: UK |Sector: Food & Beverages| Agency: Mindshare | Format: Facebook Ad Unit

14/05/2012  |  Full story...

Dove Facebook App outshines beauty pageant with 23,000 new social media fans


Ahead of an annual Beauty Queen pageant held on International Women's Day, Dove created a social media campaign entitled "Beauty Does Not Have Just One Queen." This case study looks at how, with one outdoor billboard and a highly targeted Facebook app, the brand created a huge amount of online engagement and 23,000 new Facebook fans.

The campaign, for the Unilever-owned cosmetic and toiletry brand, used a Facebook application that was connected to a digital billboard in the heart of Tel Aviv. Women uploaded a picture of themselves using the app, and their portrait was then screened on the billboard with the caption "Beauty Does Not Have Just One Queen".

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Brand: Dove |Media: OOH, Facebook videos | Country: Israel |Sector: FMCG | Agency: McCann Erickson | Format: Facebook App, TV spot

14/05/2012  |  Full story...

‘Peephole’ Axe campaign mixes QR codes with Facebook to drive brand engagement


This risqué ‘Peephole’ campaign from men’s deodorant brand Axe made innovative use of QR codes. The ad targeted its demographic of young men with a ‘hot’ video that suddenly stops, prompting viewers to continue the experience at the brand’s Facebook page. Once on the social networking site, users could unblock hotter and more daring videos by sharing the experiences with their friends. The action kept getting hotter in the videos, all leading to one common message: STOP LURKING, START MATING. Experience the AXE Effect. A reminder that to get into the action, you need AXE.

The campaign worked by making smart use of QR codes, video content, Facebook Pages and consumer insight. The results were 14% of the target audience watched the videos daily. 33% increase in social interaction with the brand. 52 % increase in post views and feedback (engagement) on Facebook.

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Brand: Axe |Media: OOH, Facebook videos | Country: US |Sector: FMCG | Agency: DDB Puerto Rico, Guaynabo| Format: Facebook Page videos

Social media case study Axe Facebok campaign | YouTube Viral Video Peephole advert


Cornetto projection mapping rewards gamers with ice cream coupons

This on-street campaign from Cornetto in Turkey raised awareness of Unilever's Ice Cream brand with a game that was playable via projection mapping over 3 days, in a central square in Istanbul. The interactive game was playable by passersby who had to call a number to enter, which then enabled them to control a character within the game using the keypad on their phone. The game was only playable by 5 people at a time, encouraging people to watch the action while they waited their turn. If the player is successful, they get a code to redeem for a free ice cream.


Client: Dove | Sector: FMCG | Objective: Brand awareness, customer acquisition | Format: Banners

Dove’s interactive advertising campaign contributed significantly to brand impact. By increasing the online spend within the same total ad budget from 2% to 15%, Unilever produced an 8% increase in overall branding metrics and a 14% increase in purchase intent.

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