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Controversial Burger King Stunt wins top direct marketing prize

A risky “OK Google” prank that went awry for Burger King has won the Direct Grand Prix at the Cannes Festival.

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06/07/2017  |  Full story...

GoCompare campaign shows digital video twice as cost efficient as TV advertising

Insurance comparison website GoCompare extended the reach of its recent ad campaign to occasional or non-TV viewers using digital brand agency Collective’s TV Accelerator (TVA) tool, with results 2.5 times more cost efficient than TV.

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27/06/2017  |  Full story...

Video case study: Heineken’s “Worlds Apart” film gets 13m views in a month

A Heineken video ad caused a buzz on social media in 2017, touted as the ‘ad Pepsi wishes it made’, getting 13 million YouTube videos in a little over a month. This case study looks at how the drinks-brand struck the right tone for a difficult subject… where other brands have failed.

02/06/2017  |  Full story...

Twitter fail: Walkers pulls interactive selfie ad

In May 2017, Walkers Crisps pulled an interactive video ad after it displayed the faces of mass murderers and child abusers, submitted by internet pranksters. This case study looks at how the food brand learned the hard way about unmoderated user content.

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01/06/2017  |  Full story...

YouTube drives better ROI and sales for Snickers

In summer 2015, Snickers launched another iteration of its ‘You’re Not You When Your Hungry’ campaign, this time featuring Mr Bean for a funny martial arts adventure. During the campaign Mars UK tested a mix of TV and online video (specifically YouTube) to determine if the media plan was optimised to drive the most in-store sales.

28/04/2017  |  Full story...

Social media case study: Wendy's challenges teen to get 18m retweets for free nuggets

A 16-year old teen from the US is currently on course for the most retweets of all time, after the fast-food chain Wendy's set him a huge social media challenge in exchange for free chicken nuggets for a year.

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11/04/2017  |  Full story...

Virtual reality case study: Google puts 360 video to the test

For brands, is 360 video worth it? The format is potentially revolutionary, but do 360 video ads actually drive more engagement than standard ads? Google partnered with Columbia Sportswear to find out.

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11/04/2017  |  Full story...

Ecommerce case study: Ted Baker turns catalogue into spy film

An inventive use of mobile voice search and TrueView Shoppable Videos on YouTube brought Ted Baker’s campaign to life, turning regular clothing catalogue into a cinematic espionage movie.

09/03/2017  |  Full story...

KitKat and YouTube create real life “Crossy Road”

KitKat was looking for ways to engage the gaming community and encourage them to turn to the brand for snacking during breaks. Working with JWT London and Google, KitKat developed a concept that gave them a way to talk to gamers directly in gamer language.

09/03/2017  |  Full story...

Video case study: “Rings” horror stunt terrifies late night TV shoppers (and gets 250m views)

To market the new horror movie "Rings," the makers Paramount scared the living daylights out of shoppers at an electronics store in White Plains, New York, becoming a massive social media success in the process.

09/03/2017  |  Full story...

Gaming case study: Arnie sparks mayhem in Mobile Strike elavator

Games maker Machine Zone spent big bucks to get Arnold Schwarzenegger to promote its latest mobile game in this super bowl ad. The gamble paid off, becoming the most viewed and shared YouTube ad of 2016.

15/12/2016  |  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...

Alzheimer’s Research UK with Stephen Fry #SantaForgot

Amid the flurry of Christmas ads this year, this one from Alzheimer’s UK is a poignant tale narrated by Stephen Fry.


01/12/2016  |  Full story...

Ben & Jerry’s heals divisions with ‘One Sweet World’

With Trump and Brexit, 2016 has been a particularly divisive year in the world of politics. So Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream has taken its role as ‘comfort food’ to a new level with a long-form video ad called “One Sweet World”. See why it’s our video viral of the week below…


01/12/2016  |  Full story...

Red Bull creates 'smart payphones' in Brazil

Red Bull gave regular payphones in São Paulo a digital twist. See why its our video viral of the week below.


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01/12/2016  |  Full story...

Dove's gets men's hearts thumping with ‘real beauty’ test

Unilever’s Dove brand continued its “campaign for real beauty” message with a new video ad that tested men’s real reactions to women… by hooking them up to heart monitors.

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Video case study: Samsung marks South Sudan's first Olympics with “Chant”

To mark its sponsorship status for the 2016 Rio Olympics, Samsung told the emotionally powerful story South Sudanese 400m runner Margret Rumat Rumat Hassan- getting 22m YouTube views in the process.


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...

Video case study: Dove's gets men's hearts thumping with ‘real beauty’ test

Unilever’s Dove brand continued its “campaign for real beauty” message with a new video ad that tested men’s real reactions to women… by hooking them up to heart monitors.

07/11/2016  |  Full story...

Video case study: Pedigree unites Trump and Hilary supporters with ‘Lost Dog’

The 2016 US election has been a particularly divisive affair- but is there anything that Trump and Hilary supporters can agree on? This heart-warming video from Pedigree used hidden cameras to show how dogs can bring people together.

07/11/2016  |  Full story...

Secret “stress test” video tackles gender wage gap

This smart online video campaign for P&G’s Secret Deodorant connects 'stress sweat' to generational struggles by addressing the gender pay gap.

26/10/2016  |  Full story...

Content marketing case study: Gillette hijacks search engines with “Ask Dad” campaign

Most teenagers search the internet to find instructions for tasks like tying a tie, shaving or asking a girl out, but a video series from P&G’s Gillette showed how powerful getting a father's advice in person can be- getting 6 million YouTube views in the process.


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26/10/2016  |  Full story...

Facebook case study: Axe Poland lowers cost per reach by 73%

Men’s grooming range Axe increased brand awareness with its empowering message of individuality and a cinematic video campaign for the small screen.

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29/09/2016  |  Full story...

Video case study: Colgate boosts brand interest 1116% with YouTube push

To promote the innovative new Colgate Optic White Express White toothpaste, Colgate-Palmolive put YouTube at the core of its integrated media and creative campaigns. By overhauling its marketing strategy and investing more heavily in digital, Colgate scored big and "will never look back."

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07/09/2016  |  Full story...

Samsung “most trustworthy Olympics sponsor brand”- survey

Samsung is the most trusted Olympic sponsor brands among UK consumers, while McDonald's is the least trusted, according to new research.

05/09/2016  |  Full story...

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