Instagram has added a video option for marketers using carousel ads. The new feature comes amid a 40% jump in user time spent watching videos on Instagram and as research shows a 2.5-point increase in ad recall for the carousel format compared to single images.
There's no way to guarantee that an item of online content goes viral, but you can boost your chances by breaking news, helping others or being silly, writes Avinash Nair. "From cartoons to memes through to funny videos, if your content has the 'fun quotient,' it'll do very well," he writes.
In a shift from using traditional celebrities as brand ambassadors, Revlon has teamed up with social media influencer and nail artist Chelsea King to reach new consumers in an authentic way, says Tracy Rohrbaugh, vice president of global marketing for Revlon. King will create unique content for Revlon and promote the brand through her own accounts.
Adidas and Pharrell Williams tapped Snapchat to give a sneak peek of the singer's Originals "HU" NMD sneakers. The Live Story attracted 3.4 million views within 24 hours, and 87% of viewers watched the full story.
Consumer packaged goods, consumer electronics and activewear brands bought over half of all ads on Snapchat Discover from Jan. 15 to Feb. 15, L2 reports. Nike, GE Appliances, Little Debbie and PepsiCo were among top spenders.
Brands must be careful about consumer perception when considering sensory marketing, Aparna Sundar and Theodore Noseworthy write. The pair's research shows that brands considered exciting, such as BMW and Mountain Dew, have more leeway to experiment, whereas consumers prefer a more traditional approach from sincere brands, such as Coca-Cola and Hallmark Cards.
The binturong of Southeast Asia, also known as a bearcat, is a bizarre, woolly predator with a prehensile tail and a distinctive smell described as buttered popcorn. The fragrance is a signaling method to attract mates and derives from the creature's unsavory bathroom habits.