Posts Tagged ‘year’

As Social Platforms and Brands Turn to Live Video, Will Viewers Keep Tuning In?

December 5, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

A week before Thanksgiving, dozens of sharply dressed young men and women began arriving at Taco Bell's headquarters for the fourth annual Friendsgiving feast, which included rolled turkey tacos and turkey-and-stuffing-filled "Golden Quesalupas." While the event is usually exclusive to social media influencers and celebrities, this year, Taco Bell had one special seat for everyone—and anyone—by broadcasting the dinner on Facebook Live . "One of the requests we always get from fans is that they always want to experience the event with us," said Jozlynn Rush, Taco Bell's social and digital strategist. As many as 150,000 people tuned in for the dinner at any given time. The video, which first appeared on Nov. 17, has since reached 1.2 million views—without a single ad. "It was pretty amazing," said Rush, who added that her team plans to serve up a healthy portion of Facebook Live in the coming months. This holiday season is proving to be a fertile testing ground for the burgeoning space of branded livestreaming. For instance, ahead of Black Friday, Lowe's reached a live audience of 32,000 as it unveiled 10 on-sale products, while another 891,000 people saw promoted posts over the next two days. Taco Bell's Friendsgiving feast was on Facebook Live this year. Research firm MarketsandMarkets has forecasted that live video will be a $70 billion industry by 2021. That represents good news for Facebook Inc., which has been aggressively promoting Facebook Live with TV spots. This month, Facebook-owned Instagram also launched its own live feature, which lets users broadcast for an hour before the video disappears. "Live content is uniquely compelling when it offers rarity," said Topher Burns, group director of product innovation at Deep Focus.

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Stoli Is Using Google Trends Data to Create Holiday Instagram Posts

December 1, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

After you search for martini recipes this year, try checking Stolichnaya's Instagram page to see pictures of what the drinks look like. In June, the brand's premium Elit vodka line started analyzing Google Trends data to zero in on online chatter and use it to crank out stylized posts of bottles, martini glasses and recipes. For the holidays this year when searches for martinis and vodka cocktails spike, the brand is enlisting such data to inform an Instagram campaign called Elit Live Social Lab. If a recipe for a chocolate martini is trending online, for instance, Elit's social team will whip up and post a picture of a chocolate drink within 24 hours. Brand manager Lauren Ryan said that when it comes to which social platforms Elit prioritizes, "Instagram is first and second for me, and Facebook follows," because the visual platform is particularly conducive to targeting luxury consumers.

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From ‘La La Land’ to ‘Jackie,’ Celluloid Thrives in Cinematography Oscar Race

November 28, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

An interesting note in this year's Oscar race is the amount of film productions, including "La La Land," "Jackie" and "Silence."

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Ad of the Day: Ram Trucks Salutes Blue-Collar Workers in Big, Poetic Ad for Thanksgiving

November 23, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Ram Trucks is giving thanks this holiday in classic Fiat Chrysler style with a big, sweeping, poetic paean to blue-collar American workers—in a 90-second spot from The Richards Group, airing Thursday, that gives praise to waitresses, janitors, mill and factory workers, fishermen and more, as well as the work they do. The spot honors the "true everyday heroes" who may often struggle to make ends meet but always "labor to make their families and this nation strong," according to press materials. Each line of the poetic voiceover begins with the word "praise," lending an almost religious feel to the sacrifices these men and women make—the grueling workdays that help make their family time at home possible. The spot will air on Thanksgiving Day during the NFL games on CBS and Fox. "Appropriately airing on Thanksgiving Day when families across the country take time to reflect and give thanks, 'Praise' is the Ram brand's tribute to hard-working Americans and the story of people who are the backbone of our country," said Olivier Francois, global CMO of Fiat Chrysler. The spot evokes the famous Ram "Farmer" ad that ran on the 2013 Super Bowl, which Francois references in speaking about the "Praise" ad. "Just as the brand paid homage to American farm families a few years back during a Super Bowl telecast, we always look for opportunities to build unique, impactful creative around a defining cultural moment that allows us to reach large audiences in a very effective way

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4 Times People Unbelievably but Correctly Predicted the Cubs Winning the World Series

November 3, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians were tied 3-3 heading into Game 7 Wednesday night, and they were about to make baseball history no matter who won. But there were a few folks, from pop culture favorites to regular Joes, who kinda guessed the outcome years in advance. Perhaps the most impressive prediction came from a 1993 high school yearbook in which Michael Lee's senior quote was: "Chicago Cubs. 2016 World Series Champions. You heard it here first." Michael Lee called it in his 1993 yearbook #WorldSeries #CubsWin pic.twitter.com/Q1dF2o9107 — Team FA (@TeamFA) November 3, 2016 Online, people immediately started investigating and trying to find out if the photo had been doctored. So far, Snopes has deemed it true. But Michael Lee has yet to come forward. Perhaps Lee was making a reference to Back to the Future II and was just a little off on the year. In the hit movie that came out in 1989, Marty McFly travels to 2015, and the Cubs win a highly futuristic World Series. Universal Pictures Even if the year wasn't quite right, it's still baffling how these folks got as close as they did. Though the movie franchise might have gotten a few other things right as well. (Looking at you, Donald Trump.) And savvy high schooler Lee wasn't the only regular person to come up with that prediction. Tampa Bay area resident Lenn Feraccio predicted it in a tweet two years ago. He says he forgot about the tweet until somebody found it a couple weeks ago. "I didn't even remember I had written it until that guy tweeted at me," he told Bay News 9.

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Why the CMA Awards and Country Music Fans Are So Appealing to Brands Now

November 2, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

If you're looking for evidence of country music's broadening appeal, look no further than the opening act of tonight's CMA Awards—Beyonce. But while country crossover acts have been around for quite a while, more brands are getting involved with the CMA, tonight and year-round, because they want to tap into the genre's increasingly diverse, and increasingly urban, fan base, as marketing execs attested today at the CMA Marketing Summit in Nashville, Tenn., ahead of tonight's show. Forty-two percent of U.S. adults are country fans, and that fan base has grown 30 percent over the past 10 years, with 23 percent growth in the West Coast market, including Los Angeles, and 25 percent growth in the mid-Atlantic region, including New York, according to the CMA. There also has been a 33 percent growth in African-American country music fans and an 18 percent growth in Hispanic fans in the past decade. "The country consumer isn't the stereotype that's been around for a lot of years," said Damon Whiteside, svp of marketing and strategic partnerships at CMA. "The audience is getting younger and more diverse, and 35 percent of our audience is millennial, which makes it more powerful for brands

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Microsoft’s Kathleen Hall Explains How Its Marketing Went From Bad to Clio’s Advertiser of the Year

September 29, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Microsoft has done some truly innovative work this year, and at tonight's 2016 Clio Awards at the Museum of Natural History in New York, the brand will be honored with the Advertiser of the Year award, which is presented to the advertiser that receives the most overall Clio statue points for entries submitted across all medium types. Two campaigns that caught the Clio judges' attention, in particular, were Survival Billboard, an outdoor campaign from McCann London to promote the launch of Rise of the Tomb Raider on Xbox in the U.K., and the Microsoft Xbox Visualizer, a futuristic Halo promotion from twofifteenmccann. Survival Billboard put eight real people atop a billboard and subjected them to various weather elements like snow and rain, as voted on by the public, in a contest to see who would be left standing. The livestreamed survival challenge, which lasted 20 hours and 45 minutes, garnered 3.5 million views in one day. The Microsoft Xbox Visualizer campaign showed people's social media conversations about Halo in real time on a pixelated Halo helmet, with fan reaction including art and video, and had 4.4 million total engagements.

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Clio Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Wants to See More Diversity in the Industry

September 26, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Specs Current gig President, Kaplan Thaler Productions Previous gig Chairman, Publicis Kaplan Thaler Twitter @lindathaler2 You're being honored with a Clio Lifetime Achievement Award this year. Do you remember winning your first Clio? I don't remember the first Clio I won, but I do remember the year I won four. One, I wrote the music and lyrics for "Kodak America," then French's mustard won two. I won for best comedy writing and then we won for a Burger King commercial. I was fairly young at the time and hadn't been in the ad business very long, so I was really thrilled. It was incredible. After stepping down as chairman of Publicis Kaplan Thaler early this year, what have you been working on? I had been doing public speaking for several years off and on, but I decided to leave advertising this past February and be a speaker full time across the country, talking about a variety of topics. I love it because it's a combination of me being able to give stories and insights and empowerment to people as well as my theatrical desires because I never quite gave up wanting to perform. That's what I did in my 20s. I got to combine the two things and I love it. What does your latest book, Grit to Great , tackle? Robin Koval and I started The Kaplan Thaler Group about 20 years ago, and we are very proud of what we have accomplished. Along the way we decided to write books. Most recently we started looking at our success and realizing that neither of us are geniuses or incredibly talented, and we started researching really uber-successful people

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Snapchat Will Hit Nearly $1 Billion in Ad Revenue by the End of 2017

September 6, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Snapchat is on track to make $366.7 million in advertising sales this year, according to a new report from eMarketer. It's the first time that eMarketer has tracked the app's revenue, and the research firm expects it to make $935.5 million—a 151 year-over-year increase—by the end of next year, close to the $1 billion that was revealed through leaked documents earlier this year. Despite its daily audience of 150 million users—many of whom are the young millennials that advertisers covet—Snapchat only makes up 2.3 percent of total social ad dollars compared to Facebook, Twitter, Google and others. The app also launched its API earlier this summer with a group of ad-tech companies to power data about advertisers' campaigns, which has been a lingering concern for brands. "Snapchat has improved its targeting capabilities and partnered with 11 measurement firms to address the concerns voiced early on," said Cathy Boyle, a principal analyst at eMarketer. "What they have yet to prove is whether they can consistently deliver a better return on investment for advertisers than other social networks." In terms of inventory, Snapchat Discover ads that run within the publisher hub section of the app make up 43 percent of Snapchat's U.S. revenue currently, but eMarketer predicts that to change in the coming years. Over the past year, Snapchat has added ad formats like sponsored lenses, geofilters and Live Stories where advertisers run 10-second video ads alongside user-generated content collected from events and holidays. By 2017, eMarketer expects for Live Stories to become Snapchat's biggest moneymaker, bringing in 37.8 percent of the company's U.S. sales. By 2018, Snapchat's year-over-year growth is expected to slip a bit—by 88.2 percent—to reach $1.7 billion in ad sales. Here's a more detailed look at how eMarketer sliced up Snapchat's ad placements

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