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Video case study: KFC spoofs vlogger trend with fake ‘Clean Eating’ Burger

Back in February 2017, KFC created an elaborate online prank to promote its latest Dirty Louisiana burger with a fake food blogger and a humorous take on the clean eating craze.

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07/06/2018  |  Full story...

April Fools’ round-up: Snapchat's Russian bots, Brexit emojis and bankrupt Elon Musk

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). This extended case study puts together some of the best hoaxes from 2018.

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13/04/2018  |  Full story...

Maggi web series reaches 2 million Snapchatters

Nestle’s Maggi won over a younger audience with a web series about a French Food Tour, hosted on Snapchat. This case study looks at how the cooking seasoning brand reached 2 million people with engaging long-form video content.

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16/03/2018  |  Full story...

Top Winter Olympics brands: Samsung wins (but Red Stripe takes unofficial medal)

With the Winter Olympics now over, social media analysis reveals that Samsung, Ralph Lauren and Intel were the Top 10 brands most associated with the Winter Olympics.

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16/03/2018  |  Full story...

Top 10 Super Bowl ads: Pepsi gets most social buzz

Pepsi got the most social engagement out of the $5m ad spots at this year’s Super Bowl, according to new research.

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09/02/2018  |  Full story...

Digital pharmaceutical case study: Energy BBDO and Bayer Test ‘The HeroSmiths Theory’

In 2017, Energy BBDO ran a campaign for Bayer, promoting the brand’s aspirin by calling on an ordinary group of people to step up as “HeroSmiths.”


Bayer Aspirin - HeroSmiths - Case Study from Alistair Robertson on Vimeo.


05/01/2018  |  Full story...

Budweiser revives a Brazilian basketball legend to share its core values

“Being true to your choices is what makes you an icon”. Oscar Schmidt is a retired Brazilian basketball legend who mostly played in his country and in Europe between the 80s-90s. The all-time leading scorer in the history of basketball was naturally drafted to play in the NBA in 1984 but due to an old ruling which prohibited playing for the NBA and any other team, he rejected the offer so he would be allowed to play for his national team. He chose the “hard way” to become a famous player so in 2016, Budweiser who sponsors the NBA in Brazil partnered with ESPN to give Oscar a remarkable tribute and the challenge he always deserved at a time where Brazil got suspended from international competitions by the FIBA.

03/01/2018  |  Full story...

Viral marketing case study: Pepsi Max creates monster mirror stunt

For Halloween 2014, Cinemagoers at the Odeon Bayswater in London were given a shock in the venue's toilets as their appearances in mirrors were morphed to look like a Halloween clown. This case study looks at how Pepsi Max made smart use of augmented reality and social media to get the most out of a scary stunt.


03/10/2017  |  Full story...

Whiskas creates Kitten Kollege on YouTube

Whiskas wanted to expand its influence to the kitten category, so its agency partners produced a one-of-a-kind YouTube series, with data informing every step of development. The campaign drove 39m total views and a 47% lift in ad recall for Whiskas.


07/09/2017  |  Full story...

Charity case study: “Love Story written by a murderer” tackles domestic violence

A women’s charity in Peru took a novel approach to highlight the dangers of domestic abuse, recruiting one of the country’s biggest music stars to record a song written by a murderer before for killed his partner.


06/09/2017  |  Full story...

Gaming case study: Under Armour hacks NBA 2K16 with boosted player stats

US basketball player Stephen Curry emerged as the surprise star of the 2016 NBA season- which meant that the video game was giving him out of date stats. This case study looks at how sports clothing brand Under Armour partnered with the games creators to give Curry a mid-season boost…


Game Changer - Under Armour Droga5 from Benita on Vimeo.


04/08/2017  |  Full story...

Halloween Facebook Live ad turns viewers into mouse killers

Premiering on Halloween 2016, this quirky campaign from Tomcat Rodent Control followed the tropes of horror movies, but had one major twist: the viewers were the murderers, choosing how each mouse character got killed in real time.


Tomcat - Facebook Not Live from Jesse Brown on Vimeo.

04/08/2017  |  Full story...

Expedia creates social campaign to promote British tourism

Travel firm Expedia partnered with 180LA and Friend Productions on their series of tongue-in-cheek infomercials for Expedia Visit Britain, to create a unique web and mobile experience. Five quirky characters invite users to explore the highlights of London, Manchester, Wales, Cornwall and the Scottish Highlands.


Expedia: Visit Britain from UNIT9 on Vimeo.


04/08/2017  |  Full story...

Coca Cola “Line Up Song” creates football buzz in Egypt

In "The Line-Up Song," Coca-Cola modernised a nursery rhyme to help Egyptians learn the names of players on its national soccer team just ahead of the African Cup of Nations.


04/08/2017  |  Full story...

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...

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