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.

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.

‘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.

An adaptable pop-up habitat


Pop-up habitatPeople’s Architecture Office has created a pop-up habitat that can be adapted to its environment.

The system consists of units made from gold photographer’s reflective panels, which can stand alone or become part of a larger geometric ‘mega-structure’.

The lightweight habitat, which has been used at exhibitions, can act as tunnels, canopies, exhibition spaces and auditoriums – as well as intriguing pieces of art scattered around a landscape.

Find out more about the habitat here and let us know what you think.

The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made


Epic Safety VideoAir New Zealand has taken a novel approach to its safety video – by enlisting the cast and crew of The Hobbit.

The airline has capitalised on the popularity of the New Zealand-filmed Tolkien trilogy by using stunning vistas, clever references, and plenty of humour.

Director Peter Jackson and actors Elijah Wood and Sylvester McCoy star alongside elves, orcs, and of course, human ‘passengers’ in the video.

Watch the short film below and tell us if you think more airlines should shake up their safety videos.

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