Kit Kat unveils world’s first ‘splactor’ in fun new advert


SplactorKit Kat’s new advert offers an interesting explanation for its new product by introducing the world’s first ‘splactor’, or ‘split actor’.

The spot follows ‘Martin Mahogany’ on a film set as he plays two characters at the same time, with each half of his body in different costume and makeup.

To achieve his ambitious performances, he physically turns around to switch character, delivering his lines with utmost seriousness.

As the world’s first ‘splactor’, Martin is happy to take the credit for Kit Kat’s new Chunky Double Caramel bar, which takes a similar approach with two contrasting fillings.

Watch the ad below and tell us what you think of it.

The North Face surprises shoppers with vanishing floor


The North FaceOutdoors brand The North Face has given its customers a new challenge with its pop-up shop in South Korea.

Known for representing exhilarating outdoor sports, the company surprised unsuspecting shoppers by slowly removing the floor from underneath their feet.

The customers had to grab hold of the wall, which was covered in rock-climbing holds, but a greater challenge awaited them in the form of an item of North Face clothing and a countdown timer.

Watch the video below to discover the outcome of the challenge and tell us what you think of the stunt.

Philips advert travels through time


Philips adPhilips’ new advert asks the question ‘how many years does it take to change a lightbulb?’.

The advert, which showcases the company’s new wireless bulb, uses stop motion to depict a family through six different time periods, revealing how technology has changed since the Victorian era.

The family’s lighting remains basic throughout the ages, until they invest in a new Philips bulb that can produce a range of ambient lighting effects.

Watch the fun new advert below and tell us what you think.

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.

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