Arby's, with Moxie, marked Wednesday's National Hat Day with a gallery of Instagram images showing mascots from competitors wearing the brand's brown hat, accompanied by the copy, "Let's be honest, our hat makes everyone look good." The images show the hat atop just the brows of the Burger King, Ronald McDonald, Wendy and Colonel Sanders.
Goodby Silverstein & Partners has released a teaser for Cheetos' first Super Bowl spot in 10 years, which stars MC Hammer snacking on Cheetos at a piano in 1989 before having a moment of inspiration when he realizes his fingers are covered in the snack's dust, or what the brand is calling Cheetle, and says, "Wait, I can't touch this." The teaser is running across the brand's social channels.
Pop-Tarts, with MRY, is making its Super Bowl debut with a 30-second spot following the first half's two-minute warning that touts its new Pop-Tarts Pretzel and stars Jonathan Van Ness from "Queer Eye." A 15-second teaser shows Van Ness having a meltdown at a snack table on set, screaming that "Somebody needs to fix this!" when everything on display is deemed too dry and boring.
Internet users who purchased a product directly via a social media channel increased from 13% to 21% between the fourth quarter of 2018 and the third quarter of 2019, with the most significant jump in the second quarter of last year, which coincided with Instagram's Checkout launch, according to Civic Science. "The good news is that the wheels on the social shopping cart are definitely turning. The progress is slow, but the momentum is gaining," says eMarketer analyst Debra Aho Williamson.
Panda Express has unveiled augmented reality filters, "Celebration of Good Fortune," on Instagram and Facebook to ring in the Lunar New Year. The five AR filters feature cultural traditions relating to the holiday, such as red envelope surprises, lion masks and seeing off evil spirits with firecrackers, and the brand is also running a sweepstakes with a grand prize trip to Universal Studios Hollywood in 2021 to celebrate the holiday.
To help people keep their New Year's Resolutions past Jan. 19, known as Quitter's Day, Chipotle is sharing a free entree code on Twitter for its new Lifestyle Bowls. The fast-casual chain added Whole30-compliant chicken and Supergreens salad mix to its existing line of bowls.
Consumer wariness of digital ads is at an all-time high thanks to some marketers leaning too heavily on digital retargeting. Thankfully, there's a new tactic that uses similar data intelligence to reach customers more effectively: retargeted direct mail.