Instagram launches creative advertising for brands


Instagram Waitrose adInstagram has introduced an advertising unit for UK brands.

The photo app’s new ‘Sponsored’ unit charges advertisers on a cost-per-mille basis and allows them to target audiences by demographic.

The first seven advertisers include Cadbury, Rimmel, and Waitrose.

Instagram describes the new offering as a ‘premium brand experience’ and insists that sponsored ads looks as natural as organic content – also encouraging brands to be as creative as possible with the format.

Read more about the new initiative here.

Teddy gets a holiday in new Thomson/First Choice ad


TeddyA new heartwarming advert gives a put-upon teddy the holiday he deserves.

The television spot for Thomson/First Choice uses a voiceover speaking the verses from Bohemian Rhapsody, beginning wistfully but segueing into a relaxed contentment.

The eponymous Teddy has to endure a trip in the washing machine, being hit by a robot, and stuffed into a bag, before finally getting a place on the beach.

Watch the advert here and let us know what you think of it.

How social media can boost a brand


CinnabonCinnabon is an American brand with remarkable visibility, despite a sporadic history of traditional advertising.

Instead, it gets people talking about its cinnamon rolls through social media.

The company, which is known for its ‘guerrilla marketing’ (it pumps a ‘freshly baked’ smell around its shops to entice customers), has over a million Facebook likes, 60,000 Twitter followers, and 20,000 Instagram followers.

With over a thousand shops worldwide, Cinnabon has tweeted nearly 65,000 times and seems to have found a magic formula of customer engagement.

As well as @replying to anyone who tweets its profile, it uses mouthwatering pictures of its products together with punny captions.

Find out more about Cinnabon’s social media strategy here and tell us if you’d engage with a chatty brand.

eBay reveals Christmas Tracker tool for brands


eBayeBay has introduced a new tool to help advertisers make the most of the run-up to Christmas.

The online retailer’s ‘Christmas Tracker’ uses data from last year’s Christmas shopping period to calculate the peak influence windows for brands across different categories, including ‘Toys and Games’, ‘Consumer Electronics’, and ‘Clothes, Shoes and Accessories’.

Phuong Nguyen, eBay Advertising UK Director, said: “to be most effective this Christmas, advertisers need to think beyond Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and plan at a category level.”

Find out more about eBay’s Christmas Tracker here.

A giant billboard made of cake


Mr Kipling billboardMr Kipling’s new outdoor campaign includes a world first: a giant billboard made entirely of cake.

The billboard uses the strapline ‘Life is better with cake’ to advertise the largest UK baked goods brand, against a backdrop of 13,360 individual cakes.

Located at Westfield London, the billboard was on display for eight hours – after which, the cakes were handed out to the public.

See more of the billboard here and tell us if you were lucky enough to take part in the giveaway.

Curry paste adverts made of spices


Patak adPatak’s new adverts for its curry paste use spices to detail the long process of making the paste yourself.

Sean Freeman, who created the ads for the curry brand, used a range of spices and other ingredients mentioned in the ‘recipe’ to write it out on a black background.

Freeman also used different typographic styles throughout the innovative posters to bring the copy to life and encourage customers to opt for a jar of Patak’s.

See both of the posters here and tell us what you think of them.

Fresh Billboards by Greggs


Fresh BillboardBakery chain Greggs has launched a new range of sandwiches with an innovative outdoor campaign.

To celebrate its new range, Greggs enlisted street artist Hammo to produce a brand new artwork every day of the launch week.

Each ‘Fresh Billboard’ ad was created from scratch in front of a captivated audience, who could guess which sandwich Hammo was drawing and share their ideas on Twitter with #FreshBillboard.

Greggs said: ‘We freshly prepare our sandwiches in each shop every day, so why not make our billboards every day?’

Find out more about the campaign here and tell us if you spotted the billboard.

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