Facebook, in partnership with the World Health Organization, released a Let's Talk filter for Messenger and Facebook Stories for World Mental Health Day (Oct. 10) to encourage users experiencing problems to reach out to their close connections. A set of 16 Messenger Let's Talk stickers also let users indicate their need to discuss mental health issues without having to use words.
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Home-buying platform Bungalo is preparing for Halloween by allowing paranormal investigators to inspect its properties for unexplained supernatural phenomena and their results will be posted on the brand's site. A video, created with Side Label Productions, shows paranormal investigator Becky Vickers of "BECKS Ghost Hunters" taking viewers behind the scenes of a paranormal house inspection, using devices such as a "spirit box," alongside Bungalo employee Dustin Johnson who performs a regular inspection.
AKA NYC took over New York's Times Square to tout the global expansion of Broadway's "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" with 51 giant digital screens to create an almost 360-degree panorama of footage and unveil the tagline, "Sometimes, Darkness Comes From Unexpected Places." A video showcases the event, which was introduced by Sarah Jessica Parker and attended by the show's cast alongside 50 "Wizarding World influencers."
Design agency Turner Duckworth has helped brands create some of the world's most recognizable logos, including the Amazon A-Z smile and Little Caesars, and CEO Joanne Chan talks in this interview about working with Jeff Bezos and the creative process with other clients. "We lean toward wit and delight through simplicity and bold iconic design," she says, adding that the best client/agency relationships "are those where both sides are open to pivoting for the good of the brand."
Piper Jaffray reports that 37% of teens' daily video viewing is via YouTube, followed by Netflix at 35% with Hulu trailing at 7%. The study also showed that the preferred social platform for teens is Instagram (85%) followed by Snapchat (81%) and Twitter (40%).
Many workers check their smartphones during a break, but new research shows that might not be a smart move. Workers who checked their smartphone during a break appeared to have their cognitive capabilities reduced, and were 22% less accurate and took 19% longer to complete a task compared to people who didn't take a break at all.
Google Assistant users will be able to interact with actor, producer and writer Issa Rae, who is lending her voice to the device for a limited time. Alongside regular questions, such as those related to the weather, users can ask Rae a list of specific questions, and the company promoted the new feature with Instagram content that it says offers "exclusive sneak peeks into Issa's life on set."