Instagram noted as The Engagement Platform


Instagram has been noted as a key social media platform for marketing. Instagram Identified as top engagement platform social media

Socialbaker Analytics have identified Instagram as the Engagement Platform, the definitive place to be for brands who want to engage with their communities.

Instagram has more than 300 million users, 70% of those from outside the US, and the best performing brands on the site generate nearly 50x more engagement with organic content than Twitter.

The top 25 most engaging brands boast an impressive average post engagement rate of 3.31% compared to 0.07% on Twitter.

Socialbakers say “Instagram gives brands an outlet for creative storytelling and engagement with tight communities of people who share a passion for the brands’ values.”

Find out more about Instagram’s brand engagement here.

The Think Tank hosts mince pie bake off


The Think Tank hosted its annual mince pie bake off on Thursday. Think Tank hosts annual mince pie bake off

With a fantastic selection of entries, this year’s competition was another great success.

The Think Tank team tucked into the delicious treats in true Bake-Off style: entries were marked out of ten for taste, design and festiveness.

The winning pie had a delicious hint of citrus and scored an impressive 7.4. We had a fantastic time and would thoroughly recommend festive office bake offs.

Let us know if you’ve been involved in a mince pie bake off and send us a picture of your culinary prowess!

Santa’s brand book


Santa brand bookQuietroom has created a brand book for one of the most high-profile figures at Christmas time: Santa Claus himself.

The ‘Santa brand book’ states that Santa ‘is a concept and not an idea’ and goes onto explore key elements of his brand, including Venn diagrams, ‘punny’ metaphors, and Santa’s key competitors – which include Jeremy Paxman, Gandalf, and Henry VIII.

Take a look at the brand book here and let us know what you think.

Facebook’s Year in Review


Year in ReviewFacebook has released its roundup of this year’s biggest events and talking points.

Starting with the New Year’s 2014 celebrations, the ‘Year in Review’ covers the World Cup, the ice bucket challenge, and the #HeforShe campaign.

Watch the Year in Review below and tell us what are your highlights of 2014.

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Harvey the dog’s final ad to air on Boxing Day


Harvey the dogAfter warming our hearts with his escapades in a dog’s home and with his rabbit, Harvey the dog is due to have his final advert aired on Boxing Day.

Harvey the dog has advertised for Thinkbox since 2010, but this final festive-timed ad will see the much-loved pet falling in love.

Thinkbox said: “[We] will carry on advertising on TV but we always had in mind that we wanted to complete Harvey’s story at some point.

“Now feels like the right time and there’s no better way to leave him than in love.”

Let us know when you spot the ad on television or have a sneak peek here.

Email marketing is top trigger for online shoppers


Direct email marketingNew research reveals that direct email marketing is the most popular trigger for online shopping.

The report, by Give As You Live, shows that 64% of consumers will click links to a retail site in an email, compared to only 10% for links on social media messages.

Online shops that have an element of ‘reward’ are particularly ‘distracting’ for shoppers, with 42% stating that fashion retailers distract them the most, followed by travel websites and entertainment shops.

Find out more about the study here.

‘YuleTube’ celebrates 2014’s viral videos


YuleTubeFord has released a festive film referencing some of the most viral YouTube videos of 2014.

Ford’s ‘Yule Tube’ is a short stop-motion film, which spoofs popular videos like ‘Spider Dog’, ‘Dove real beauty sketches’, and ‘Coca Cola Christmas Truck’, as well as other pop culture references like Frozen and LEGO.

The film was painstakingly put together from footage shot over thirty hours, using lovingly handcrafted elements.

Watch the short below and let us know what you would have included.

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