Waterstones releases interactive Halloween game


Blogger MysteryBook chain Waterstones has released an interactive online horror game for Halloween.

‘Blogger Mystery: The Descendants’ puts a 21st Century spin on a haunted house story, by following five bloggers as they stay in a spooky manor.

Players can follow the bloggers’ posts as they fall victim to an ‘unknown horror’ and also take a look at @mysteryclues on Twitter to try to gather evidence.

Any online sleuths who correctly work out the mystery will win a £50 book token from Waterstones.

Find out more about the game, which ends on Halloween, here.

‘Your Life’ project shows how Earth has changed


Your Life on EarthThe BBC has launched a personalised dashboard showing how the world has changed since you were born.

As part of the new BBC Earth digital offering, the ‘Your Life on Earth’ dashboard visualises data on how humanity and the planet have changed since the user’s birth.

The graphics can be shared individually or as a whole across social media.

BBC Earth editor, Matt Walker, described the new site as ‘an incredibly rich destination for natural history and everyone with a curious mind and an interest in the world around them’.

Find out more about the new platform here and tell us if you’ll be trying it out.

Fashion brand creates selfies with balloon machine


SelfiebrationAn American fashion brand is celebrating its 20th birthday with a ‘#Selfiebration Machine’.

Old Navy is encouraging tweeters to tweet a selfie and a birthday wish with #Selfiebration.

The company will be displaying the machine in New York and Los Angeles, where tweeters can see their pictures blown up with balloons.

Watch the machine in action below and tell us what you think of the concept.

How does multi-screening affect advertising?


AdvertisingNew research reveals that television viewers pay more attention to advertising if they multi-screen during ad breaks.

The study, by Thinkbox, showed that multi-screeners could recall two ads from the previous fifteen minutes of viewing, compared to the average of 1.9 ads by other viewers.

The research also revealed that the longer someone watches television, the more ads they can remember, with 66% of viewers able to recall an ad after watching for two hours or longer, compared to just 58% watching for less than half an hour.

Find out more about the research, which also looked at the importance of social TV, here.

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.

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.

How to create effective product packaging


Packaging infographicAn infographic reveals how you can create effective packaging design to make sure that your product stands out.

The chart, by The Paper Worker, shows how factors, such as colour and convenience, influence a consumer’s first impression of a brand – which only takes seven seconds.

The infographic also looks at the roles that sustainability and social media play in modern packaging design, and examines some best practice examples from brands such as Starbucks.

Take a look at the whole infographic here.

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