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The Social Stories: Issue 132


Audi have proved themselves to be at the forefront of social media with their latest campaign which ran during the day of the Superbowl, whereby they teamed up with current affairs satire

website The Onion  to produce humorous snaps using the social network Snapchat. This tied in with their quirky above the

line advert, premiered during the Superbowl, which focused on the “Doberhuahua” to reiterate their message – designed with compromise.



Strike presents real-time opportunity

If you’re a Londoner, you’ll know it’s been difficult to avoid the tube strike this week. It’s affected every commuter in one way or another, be it getting to work, getting home, or just beating the crowds. Brands haven’t been slow to jump on board this marketing opportunity, with Zipcar and Hailo taking advantage of an unfortunate situation to publicise their services. Paid social activity has manifested itself as cleverly timed tweets about alternative methods of transport, with much initial success. Other brands to have jumped on the bandwagon include Innocent Smoothies and Waterstone’s – both known for their irreverent tone.



Smile, it’s Thursday

In what marks a continuation of Coca-Cola’s recent friendly marketing, they have released a video showcasing how easy it is to ‘share a smile’. Featuring various members of the Coca-Cola team, they have sent  t-shirts around the world, asking recipients to upload a picture of themselves wearing a ‘smile’, which they then amalgamated into a flipbook style animation. This in turn was then sent to participants, who could share on their own social network. Watch the full video here.

The Social Stories: Issue 131

STEVEReal-time Marketing at the Digital Marketing Show

The Social Practice’s own Steve Parker delivered a keynote talk at the Digital Marketing Show on the rise of real-time marketing. Real-time marketing has seen a flurry of activity in recent months, including brands talking to one another on Twitter (Tesco Mobile & Jaffa Cakes), Oreo’s ‘dunk in the dark’ Superbowl stunt and many more. Steve touched on some of these examples and also looked at the future of this interesting area of social media marketing. Watch the full presentation here.



Alzheimer Nederland 
Alzheimer’s is a disease that many of us are aware of, but not many are familiar with the  implications. Alzheimer Nederland, a Dutch organisation for Alzheimer’s disease, has sought to bring it to life using Facebook, and the results are shocking.  Facebook users were superimposed into photographs of events that never happened – thus creating an experience not unlike that which Alzheimer’s sufferers face every day. It would be interesting to see this sort of campaign on a larger scale, as it is spectacularly effective.



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The Old Spice campaign has been seen on multiple channels, and now they have launched a spin-off used as a platform to prank your friends online, using the prospect of hilariously overcompensating-masculine products. If a friend actually tries to purchase an item, Old Spice confronts them with the reality of their decision in a set of videos bound to get a laugh. An extremely sociable experience to           start the year off.

The Social Stories: Issue 130


The Selfie Police

Considering it was added to the Oxford Dictionary in 2013, there is still a large amount of skepticism over the ‘selfie’ and its narcissistic attributes. Students in Utah have found a way to conquer this perception by harnessing the popular photo taking technique to help those in need. They call themselves the Selfie Police. In exchange for uploading your selfish photo to the “Selfiie Police” site, you are ‘fined’ $1. All ‘fines’ go direct to Vittana, an organization that provides student loans to kids in developing countries. This is a great simple idea that looks at charity in a new light. Rather than making people charitable, they’ve made a common act charitable instead.


The Twitter Flipbook


Everyone remembers the simple joys of flip-books as a child. Following a story in a matter of seconds with great sequential images. In the digital age, this concept has evolved. Carmaker Acura promoted their Acura NSX prototype by turning their Twitter timeline into a flip-book animation. They tweeted 150 bespoke illustrations one after each other and prompted users to view them sequentially and at pace. This concept brings social content to a new level and shows great creativity beyond the classic tweet and image combination.


Instagram News

Known to be popular for photo bloggers, the social app has entered new realms and stepped up to cover world news. The BBC is testing the platform on sharing breaking news in a more dynamic way with Instafax. Although there’s clear potential in the market to supply people with bitesize bits of information, the concept isn’t without its problems. For example, with the inability for out-links to be created, there’s no where for people to go to view the whole story. Only being in its pilot phase, this is something we’ll be keeping an eye on.

The Social Stories: Issue 128


PeekInToo Your Life

Is voyeurism our favourite pass-time? With new app ‘PeekInToo’, it just might be. With the success of video sharing apps such as Snapchat and Instagram, the newest on the market takes it a step further and gives you a 12 second real-time glimpse into an anonymous persons life. Using a map, users select a location and pick another user who’s ‘accepting requests’. The recipient then uses their phone camera to share their surroundings. With perks such as witnessing a gig you didn’t make it to – satisfying curiosity isn’t the only highlight.


Jelly Me

This week saw the launch of Jelly – a new service from Twitter co-founder Biz Stone.  With a simple mechanic, this app lets you ask questions to your Twitter or Facebook audience through the power of words or images. This is a great way to crowd-source opinions, and has the potential to turn into a valuable market research tool for brands. As a brand, having spent time and money building a loyal fanbase on social, why not ask a question about a new product, or show a sneak peek of new marketing and get feedback from an audience you know will relate to you? Jelly seems brilliantly simple, with a wide range of possibilities.


H&M: Shop Pants

H&M are innovating their superbowl ad this year by bringing their first shoppable advert straight to your TV screen. Compatible with Samsung Smart TVs, the ad will feature a small pop-up window in the corner, which will be interactive via the remote control, allowing you to purchase David Beckham’s Bodywear Line. Already a highly anticipated advert, this shoppable interaction is certainly one to look forward to. The only shame is it being limited to the Samsung Smart TV.

The Social Stories: Issue 127

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The Globetrotter

British Airways and the Metro have launched a crowd sourced, live and integrated travel campaign – giving you the chance to create and edit content. This campaign will follow comedian Joe Wilkinson on a range of global adventures dictated by the audience. Metro readers can vote online (from a predetermined list) for places they would like him to visit, including New York & Prague. You can also tweet to share what challenges you’d like him to undertake. He’ll interact with the audience on the Metro’s social channels, whilst reader comments will live feed on A clever integrated campaign, the crowd sourcing concept is a clear winner when relating to the large scale of the Metro’s readership. Where will you send him to?


Hit The Target

American retailer Target has recently put full force into its online shop after seeing a decline in sales. As a result, they have linked to Pinterest and put together a special compilation.The Target ‘Awesome Shop’ is still in beta, but allows you to sort top-pinned items by certain preset categories, as well as view the most pinned items overall. With the potential to pull together an innovative idea linking to any of their social channels, Pinterest seems the natural choice. This is after Target saw a 70% increase in traffic from Pinterest after they introduced Rich Pins. Despite some questionable results found from the potential of Pinterest in the UK, this ‘Awesome Shop’ will be an interesting test to see whether this positive effect persists even when customers leave Pinterest.


Shark Tweet

With the increasing number of shark attacks in Australia, Twitter has been adopted to come to the rescue. Surf Life Saving Western Australia (SLSWA) is using transmitters on sharks to tweet alerts to beach-goers when the tagged shark swims within a kilometre of the a beach. The tweets tell civilians the breed, size and location of the shark so they are well informed before taking a swim. With approximately 320 sharks currently tagged, there is still some way to go for maximum potential, but this system is an instant way to inform people of possible danger compared to classic the media.

The Social Stories: Issue 126

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SnapChat Santa

With a new wave of investment, SnapChat is a growing platform for agencies, brands and individual users. So what better time to utilise the features with a creative idea than Christmas? VML Agency Australia have jumped at the chance and introduced a current, innovative way to distribute their company Christmas cards – with SnapChat Santa. This new profile will see Santa sending out weird and wonderful videos and images everyday until Christmas day, giving an insight into the life of the man of the season. Follow Santa_Official on SnapChat and see two of the most popular topics of the moment come together.

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Facebook Donate

Facebook has gone charitable with their new Donate feature, linked to non-profit organisations. This button will appear in Newsfeeds and charity pages prompting users to take part. Simply click ‘Donate’, and enter the amount you wish to give before entering payment details – all done within a Facebook pop-up window. The big question is how much commission Facebook will be taking for hosting – but in fact, the answer is zero. 100% of donations go towards the chosen charity. We’re wondering how long until Facebook adopts this functionality and applies to e-commerce?


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Tweet Knit

As part of a campaign to drink responsibly over the Christmas period, Budweiser have introduced a social incentive to designate a driver after parties this season. Introducing ‘Knitbot’ – the machine that knits red and white jumpers with the company branded logo, and slogan “Celebrate Responsibility”. If you know someone who’s the designated driver over Christmas, tweet #Jumpers4des and make them feel special with a Budweiser jumper. Although not a high profile gift, the novelty gift is always a winner around Christmas.


The Social Stories: Issue 125

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Naughty Or Nice

Have you been naughty or nice this year? Do you think Santa will be bringing you lots of gifts? Why not check if you deserve it with the Social Santa app? It analyses your tweets and counts how many times you’ve used obscene language on Twitter. Declared to “save Santa a lot of time,” this app will surely determine whether you’ll be receiving presents or a sack full of coal. So far, the app has analysed over 75k naughty users compared to only 62k nice ones. This brilliantly simple idea shows great seasonal integration with content that is readily available to be analysed. By the looks of things, Santa will be having an easy Christmas this year.

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Don’t be Lonely this Christmas

Ikea Switzerland has launched ‘No Empty Chairs at Christmas,’ the campaign dedicated to help bring together those who are spending the festive season alone. Between the 24th-26th December, people can enter their details, such as location and language, and choose whether they would like to host or be a guest for Christmas this year. Users can then look through photos of potential guests or hosts along with a personal blurb to accompany the photo and decide where they would like to spend the big day. This is a lovely campaign full of festivity, highlighting the joys of giving this holiday season and really showcase the brands sense of personality.

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Status Update on the Run

Over 5000 runners were able to share their running status during Nike’s Rio Coree 10k in Rio De Janerio – with the simple instruction of high five-ing. Runners were supplied with special chips while they ran, which meant that when they high fived a specialised glove it sensed who the runner was. At this point, they could choose between two tunnels – tired or excited – and their choice of tunnel was then posted to their social media account as a representative of their mood. This is a great idea linking together real life activity and social media – inspired by getting athletes to motivate each other. We’ll be sure to look out for a high five on our next run!

The Social Stories: Issue 124


Play The Road

Ever thought of making music as you drive? With Volkswagen’s GTI latest campaign ‘Play The Road’ this is now possible. The car is the instrument and the driver is the musician, creating an innovative app that reads how and where you drive before translating it into live music. The app uses data from the iPhone’s gyroscope and accelerometer to modulate the music. It also uses the GPS system to work out where the car has travelled and when to play specific sounds. The app is not available for commercial use but you can experience it if you win their Facebook competition. Sounds like it’s the era of bespoke soundtracks, and we’ll certainly be entering.


We Are Family

Dolce & Gabbana are using the power of crowd-sourcing to unite generations in their latest campaign – #DGFamily project. The Italian fashion brand is encouraging people to submit their family photos, incorporating the close family relations core to Italian culture. People around the world are asked to submit their ‘family look’, after registering on the site, sharing their own family history assets. Each photo uploaded to the site gets a little Dolce & Gabbana logo that is featured in the picture, turning this piece of family history into a branded visual. This is a great use of crowd sourcing content, and a real example of how the heritage of a brand can be incorporated into modern day campaigns.


Amazing Amazon

Amazon has announced ambitious plans for Prime Air – their new delivery service for the next generation, featuring drones sending packages to customers in less than 30 minutes. While Amazon has supposedly been working on this project for years, putting Prime Air into commercial use is a distant speck on the horizon due to certain rules and regulations. From a brand and consumer perspective it will be interesting to see how this 30-minute delivery service from an e-commerce giant will impact the traditional high street retailers.

The Social Stories: Issue 123

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KLM Gifting

Due to a huge number of requests from Twitter and Facebook users, you are now able to ‘deliver a gift a 30,000 feet’. Airline KLM have enabled a feature called “Wannagives” where you can select and pay for a gift online (such as flowers or a glass of champagne), and this gift will be delivered to the recipient on board their flight. With the ideas for this feature coming through social, this is a great illustration of how listening to your audience can help you develop and grow your brand in a way your fans want you to. With airlines in Europe and America believed to soon be allowing the use of electronic devices on board, this idea could develop in many ways.

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Unsocial Media

Google’s latest patent looks to introduce ‘unsocial media’. Their new technology boasts to produce automatic, personalised responses to interactions sent your way on social media. These are said to be built by collecting and analysing your previous interactions, putting together an ‘appropriate’ reaction, and giving you the option to use it as a response. Google claim this can also be used for email, IM and texting – meaning that one day, we could be having a conversation with each other, without ever actually responding to each other. This brings a new meaning to ‘predictive text’.

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With many start-ups having been attempting to break the world of social commerce – many haven’t quite achieved it. is another of these attempting to work with brands to tap into shopper impulses and convert every product interaction into into a purchase opportunity – all without leaving their social media feed. They are also offering a range of back-end analytics to brands, giving them the potential to optimise their future marketing efforts. Already operational on Facebook, and soon to be on Twitter, their most innovative platform presence will be Pinterest as a full transaction within a pin will be a platform first.

The Social Stories: Issue 122

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Lexus through the Grape-Vine

Lexus has claimed to be the first automaker to reveal new car models using Vine. With plans to unveil two new cars at the Tokyo Motorshow on Nov 21st, they haven’t stopped there with their social integration. Lexus are also asking Twitter followers to tweet their questions about the models with #LexusInTokyo. The automaker will then respond to two questions an hour with tailored Vine’s to illustrate the answer. Although other brands, such as Taco Bell, have launched products on Vine, with their Q&A follow-up, Lexus have taken their engagement to a whole new level. 

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Like A Rolling Stone

In a move that proves he is as revolutionary and relevant as ever, Bob Dylan has set social media buzzing with the latest interactive video for his classic song, ‘Like A Rolling Stone’. Featuring recognisable TV stars lip-syncing to the track, the video is in stark contrast to the original, which was marked by very plaintive lyric cards being held up by Dylan himself. Following in the footsteps of other bands like Arcade Fire, who used HTML5 in their video ‘The Wilderness Downtown’, Bob Dylan is clearly trying to reposition himself as relevant to the digital age. You can watch the video here.

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#Lookup, it’s British Airways!

British Airways has proved that they are always on the edge with their latest “magic of flying” campaign. The adverts, located on digital billboards in Chiswick and Piccadilly Circus, seek to remind people how magical flying can be and approach the topic from a child’s perspective. The ads will interact with the aircrafts flying overhead, by tracking them and revealing the image of a child pointing at the plane accompanied by its flight number and destination it’s arriving from. With the focus on creating the “wow” factor with this campaign – watching the billboards come to life certainly does that.