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Case study: Controversial ‘Slap Her’ experiment tackles domestic violence (and gets 30m views)

One of the most viewed videos of 2015, this Italian ad from Facebook page Fanpage certainly provoked discussion in its attempts to tackle domestic violence through a controversial social media experiment.

26/11/2015  |  Full story...

Case study: Android ‘Friends Furever’ becomes most shared viral ever

In February 2015, Google’s Android ramped up the cuteness overload for its follow up ad to ‘Be Together, Not The Same’. But by pairing unlikely animals, the mobile operating system drove home a powerful message that helped it become the most shared ad ever.

26/11/2015  |  Full story...

Content marketing case study: Viral prank surprises shoppers by showing their 'Disney side'

What happens when Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Ana, Elsa, Olaf, Cinderella, Buzz Lightyear and other Disney Characters magically surprise unsuspecting shoppers? This viral video from Disney caused a huge buzz in February 2015, getting 5 million YouTube views in the process.

18/11/2015  |  Full story...

Viral case study: Purina gets puppy love with Buzzfeed powered campaign

In July 2015, Pet food brand Purina teamed up with Buzzfeed to show the unbreakable bond between man and puppy, earning 8 million YouTube views with a strong story-telling campaign.

18/11/2015  |  Full story...

Top Christmas ads of 2015: Aldi beats John Lewis

With the John Lewis Christmas ad now a staple of the UK festive calendar, other big stores are also raising their game in the yuletide marketing stakes. New research polled families to rate the most effective TV spot this year, with Aldi coming out on top.

18/11/2015  |  Full story...

Facebook FMCG case study: Flying KFC bucket takes off on Facebook

Restaurant chain KFC made its Flying Bucket stunt go viral with Facebook video ads, reaching millions of people throughout the United Arab Emirates in just one week at a cost per view 5X below benchmark.


29/10/2015  |  Full story...

Social media case study: Mercedes takes its “design a car” utility to millennials on Instagram

For car manufacturers, one of the most popular sales tools is the “design your own car” utility, which is typically found on the brand’s website. For the launch of the new Mercedes-Benz GLA, Mercedes wanted to target high income millennials who live on social media so decided to bring the “design your own car” utility to them via Instagram.


15/10/2015  |  Full story...

Content marketing case study: How Barbie targeted millennial parents with new digital ad

Barbie is already hugely popular with young girls everywhere, but for their new ad campaign toy manufacturer Mattel is targeting young parents.


15/10/2015  |  Full story...

Social media fail: McDonald's refuses Burger King truce in ‘McWhopper for peace’ bid

In a novel marketing stunt, Burger King invited McDonald's to put aside rivalries for just one day, and make a 'McWhopper' for World Peace Day. But all did not go to plan as its larger rival refused to bite the bait…


27/08/2015  |  Full story...

Video case study: How Dermablend increased brand awareness at the Zero Moment Of Truth (ZMOT)

In 2011 professional make-up brand Dermablend’s video of tattooed model Rick Genest went viral as the video showed Genest appearing to scrub away his skin (actually a Dermablend cover up) to reveal his skeletal tattoos underneath. Dermablend capitalised on a viral video it produced when it worked with Google to take the video to the Zero Moment Of Truth (ZMOT) and create a YouTube masthead campaign.


05/08/2015  |  Full story...

Video case study: Lotus invites strangers for ‘blind coffee’ dates

In a social experiment, Lotus Bakeries paired random people up for coffee meetings. This case study looks at how the ad achieved a 54% growth in Facebook fans with a 92% increase in brand interations.

30/07/2015  |  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...

Cannes Lions case study: P&G Whisper gets 3m Indian women to ‘Touch the Pickle’

P&G's sanitary brand Whisper aimed to break the taboo in India around menstruation. This case study looks at how the firm came up with a powerful commercial and social media campaign encouraged 2.9 million women pledge to "touch the pickle jar" and defy dated myths- winning a Cannes Lions award for its efforts.

01/07/2015  |  Full story...

Cannes Lions case study: Geico wins top prize for ‘unskippable’ pre-roll ads

All too often, YouTube ads are not tailored to pre-roll, meaning that viewers are likely to skip because they are given little incentive to continue watching. The case study looks at how US car insurance firm Geico generated 725,000 unaided YouTube views in one day by playing on the format, winning the 2015 Canes Lions Grand Prix in the process.


01/07/2015  |  Full story...

Pre-roll case study: Medibank stops pre-roll ad-skipping with clever YouTube ad

YouTube’s video ads often fail to capture viewers attention, leading to people clicking the skip ad button before absorbing the marketing message. With this in mind, Australian health insurer Medibank created the first pre-roll ad that actually played more, the more it was “skipped”… with amazing results.

25/06/2015  |  Full story...

Corporate social responsibility case study: Biocoop runs ‘Most Eco-Friendly Campaign Ever’

Organic food retailer Biocoop wanted to push their ethical farming message to a wider digital audience- but stay core to their values by keeping carbon emissions to a minimum. This corporate social responsibility case study looks at how the firm produced the most eco-friendly ad ever.

18/06/2015  |  Full story...

Content marketing case study: Garnier gets 6m social shares with Vice music tour

Back in 2013, VICE's music channel Noisey and Garnier Fructis launched a college tour in the US. This case study looks at how the hair brand married style with substance to get its core youth audience visiting in droves, enjoying 3 million video views and 6 million social shares.

05/06/2015  |  Full story...

CSR case study: Edun documentary champions ethical fashion (and boosts sales 800%)

Fashion brand Edun wanted to showcase ‘Made in Africa Philosophy’, so it partnered with VICE to create a documentary in the Congo to exploring the gorilla's fight for survival as a species. This corporate social responsibility case study looks at how the Bono-owned brand created a fresh identity around ethical trading, boosting sales 800% in the process.

05/06/2015  |  Full story...

Native content case study: Hidden Valley takes on ketchup with Buzzfeed push

To promote its new ‘Hidden Valley For Everything’ dressing, Clorox partnered with BuzzFeed to expand on its nickname “The New Ketchup,” in a fun, engaging way. This case study looks at how the FMCG firm enjoyed a 400% brand lift in social sharing via native content marketing.

03/06/2015  |  Full story...

Native content fail: P&G vlogger banned by ASA

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned a YouTube video featuring a well-known vlogger because it didn’t clearly explain it was sponsored by P&G’s Max Factor brand. This case study looks at how the FMCG giant fell foul of new native advertising content guidelines.

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28/05/2015  |  Full story...

YouTube case study: How Gillette tutorials got an audience of millions

Searches for how-to videos on YouTube are growing at a rate of 70% per year, according to Google, providing advertisers the opportunity to connect with consumers at the exact moment they're looking for help relevant to a brand's product. This case study looks at how shaving brand Gillette used range of videos that give advice on grooming, from basic shaving to more complex facial hairstyles.


28/05/2015  |  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...

Finance case study: #TDThanksYou becomes Canada's biggest YouTube ad

TD Canada Trust created the country's most successful YouTube ad of 2014. As a result, it increased brand affinity and touched customers at home and abroad with a heartfelt campaign that is the envy of brand managers globally. What is the secret to the #TDThanksYou campaign success? This case study looks at how the bank won over customers by offering authenticity and genuine choice through a strong paid, owned and earned media strategy.

14/05/2015  |  Full story...

Creative marketing case study: Expedia ‘Travel Yourself Interesting’ shows value of expensive holidays

Expedia created online travel. But intense competition and the rise of price-comparison sites were leading to a decline in value, profitability and loyalty as more and more people turned to search engines to find ‘cheap holidays.’ In order to reposition itself in the market, Expedia created an ad campaign that focused on human nature and reminded people that travel is a valuable investment rather than a cost to be minimised.


28/04/2015  |  Full story...

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