Contributed by Carolina Cepeda Vigoya
Welcome to our weekly “FRESH IDEAS” post.
Had a busy week and feeling a little lost around water cooler banter? We’ve got you covered. Once a week, we’ll share some of our favorite brand stunts and announcements, trending topics, tech news, and social media buzz that stand out from the herd.
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Fun Fact: One in seven fans call in sick just to catch a March Madness tournament.
Pizza Hut made ordering pizza during your favorite game so much easier with their “Pie Tops.” The limited edition shoes have a button in the tongue of the sneakers that have a geolocation for the pizza to be delivered to your location.
All State is usually the NCAA’s corporate partner. The brand uses the “Mayhem” character, played by Dean Winters, who takes over the official @Mayhem Twitter account that has almost 100K followers where he makes fun of how obsessive people get over the tournaments.
The Official March Madness Candy
In 2015 as the official NCAA candy sponsor, the brand created a social media campaign on “Final Four Fridays” and a “Reese’s College All Star Game” for students to show on social media their favorite basketball moments to win special prizes. They also conducted the “Put Reese’s In Your Starting Lineup” campaign for the audience to select their five favorite Reese’s candy.
4C Insights, a worldwide data company with headquarters in Chicago created a Sixteen Bracket after analyzing the tv advertisements throughout the tournament based on social media engagement by calculating the Twitter and Facebook clicks. Check out the “Brand Madness” brackets here.
Other Brand’s Cool Social Media Posts
Fasten @ SXSW
After the city of Austin required Uber and Lyft drivers to have fingerprinted background checks, both companies stepped out. This is now giving Fasten, a new driving service, a chance to shine during SXSW. The company partnered with SXSW to provide guests a riding service after events or partiers, having results of 250% increase in business.
Sony’s Motion Sonic Wristband
Don’t follow the sound, let the sound follow you.
Mashable House: More Than Meets The Eye
During the event, Mashable created a Mashable House for guests to surround themselves with unique and innovative activities. Some activities included yoga, crafting the perfect Paloma drink, create art in a temperature-based installation, and re-create Beyonce’s epic pregnancy announcement picture.
Step Into My Box
McDonald’s created a loft in 2016 that let guests create custom sundaes and burgers. It also used virtual reality to step inside of a Happy Meal box and use laser paint or a paintbrush to decorate the box. Those who participated received a GIF of their VR experience to share on social media.
U.S. HISPANIC TRENDS
Amazon to Launch Spanish Website
Amazon’s U.S. website will soon release a Spanish website, hoping to delight the 40 million Spanish-speaking and 10 million bilingual Spanish-English speaking Americans.
Univision and Nielsen Partner Up
To better position Univision’s radio content and advertising, the company partnered with Nielsen Audio. Since radio reaches 98% of all Hispanics throughout the month, this is the opportunity to better position dollars into programming and marketing decisions. Brands often face the issue of spending too much money on the wrong content, so a partnership like this can benefit both consumers and brands.
Stats show that 9/10 Hispanics search online for deals and 85% print coupons before going to the store. 9/10 also said they’re willing to switch stores as long as they find a better deal and 8/10 said they decide where to shop based on where they can use paperless discounts (such as in mobile devices and loyalty programs).
DUH! WHY DIDN’T I THINK OF THAT? (INSPIRING THINGS WE LOVE)
Mini Picnic Grill
“Grill and chill” BBQ donut