Fresh Ideas: Latest Summer Happenings

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 Fresh Ideas with you, including our favorite brand stunts and announcements, trending topics, tech news, and social media buzz that stand out from the herd.

Saw something awesome that we should have included? Share it in the comments section below!


This week we highlight our favorite weekly campaigns. From those that took home the big Grand Pix award at Cannes, to the introduction of new furry faces from one of our favorite brands, here’s what you need to know about the latest advertising happenings.

1. When You Do That 23andMe Test

Ancestry recreated a painting with people from different ethnicities for their 4th of July campaign. The motive for the activation was to demonstrate how the nation has evolved from the days of white men in powdered wigs.

2. Cheers to the Superhumans


The “We’re the Superhumans” ad won a Cannes Grand Prix prize for Film. The campaign showcased more than 140 disabled people and focused on the stories of Paralympic athletes and the challenges they’ve overcome. Watch here to be inspired by these amazing supermans.

3. About Those Happy Meal Toys

Happy Meal Toys

Raise your hand if you only went to McDonald’s for the Happy Meal toy (Ok, their fries are pretty good too.) Delish released an article with the most popular toy of the year since 1977. Is anyone else having a nostalgic moment remembering the McWrist Wallet, mini furbies, and the sky dancers?

4. What To Do When Your Favorite Menu Item Discontinues

KFC Tweet

One man was determined to get answers from KFC. He tweeted every single day for almost a year until the fast food chain brought the Hot Devil Drumlets. Situations like these show us that anything is possible with the power of social media. Should we tweet Starbucks to bring that unicorn drink back?

5. Toyota Completes First In-Home Human Support Robot Trial In North America

Support Robot

Toyota just finished its first in-home trial in North America of the Human Support Robot platform (HSR). The system is one of the mobile assistant bots that the brand is using to improve the quality of life of people. A U.S. war veteran that was left paralyzed created the robot; it has visual sensors and articulating arm appendage for assistance.

6. Instagram [Stories] Everywhere

Instagram Stories

Instagram’s campaign “Stories Are Everywhere” launched in the U.S., Germany and Italy to show creative people can be with certain stickers. This was one of the platform’s most successful campaigns, and users used their artistic juices to post their skills on the stories for the world to see. The campaign’s success was certainly shown at Cannes Lions this year by taking a Film Grand Prix.

7. Move Over, Taco Bell Chihuahua 

Kia Turbo

To introduce the company’s new Soul Turbo vehicle, Kia Motors introduced a new baby and very hyper hamster named Turbo to the family. The adorable creature portrays the new Soul Turbo as an energetic newcomer to the Kia family. “We wanted to introduce a more narrative approach to the hamster campaign than we have in the past, something that signified a new chapter for Kia,” said Saad Chehab, Americas VP of Marketing.

DUH! Why Didn’t We Think of That?

(Inspiring Things and Fresh Ideas We Love)

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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.

Saw something awesome that we should have included? Share it in the comments section below!

2.27.17 to 3.3.17

Fun Fact: As of 2017, Snapchat has 158 million daily active users, 301 million monthly active users, and 2.5 billion snaps are sent per day.











You only have 8 seconds to catch your audience’s attention, which means it’s the chance for brands and marketers to get involved with what is trending and how to target their audience faster and more organically. It’s also a chance to be more creative, clever, and in the moment.

Mashable (@Mashable)

The approach they take incorporates visual storytelling with a quirky personality. While they use the platform to share breaking news, they also share their culture at their NYC headquarters, important events such as CES, World Cup, Comic-Con, SXSW, etc.













Taco Bell (@TacoBell)

Who doesn’t remember the epic taco face on last year’s Cinco de Mayo brought by Taco Bell? The filter was viewed 224 million times and it has been the most successful campaign on Snapchat’s history.










Amazon (@Amazon)

No big [$1 Billion] deal! That’s the five-year contract between the two companies. By adding the company on Snapchat you can Snap a Deal! This way they boost sales and get promo codes at checkout.

The White House also joined the app, as well as Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, who was the first politician to host a Snapchat live story.









In 2016, the app released the feature Discover, a series of channels for everyone’s taste. All a user sees is an image and headline of the story and by clicking it they can read about it and subscribe to the channel. It varies from politics, food, pop culture, comedy, etc.












Then, the Spectacles came along. Hyatt Hotels took this opportunity to release their “World of Hyatt” campaign by having employees wear the spectacles and record their experience at the location to share on social media. L’Oréal Paris did the same during the Golden Globes to show behind the scenes prep content and Grubhub showed the crowd their delivery man’s perspective in the streets of Chicago to promote their service.









Agencies like Mckinney (@McKinneysnaps) have an account takeover by a different staff member once a week. The employee showcases their day, with the goal of attracting potential clients and employees.








Other agencies like Huge (@Hugesnaps) have used their accounts to show their culture. When they first launched their account, they used it with “Summer Fry Day” and had employees share their days on the agency’s account.

ClearPivot (@clearpivot) has another snap approach. It’s less agency culture and more of a mini vlog with marketing news and social media hot topics.









Check out other major agencies that are snappin’ away on this ‘Ad Agencies on Snapchat’ Directory.


Remember when Facebook tried to buy Snapchat for $3 billion cash? And Snapchat was like…







Then, they attempted to create “Slingshot,” a video messaging app that makes pictures and videos eventually disappear. The idea was an epic fail, and Facebook pulled the plug not long after it was released.

Now, patent documents have been released to show Apple is trying to create an “avatar environment” similar to Snapchat’s Bitmoji.

PS: Check out our Bitmoji-fied team!








Then came Instagram Stories. The feature is the same as Snapchat, and some argue it’s more convenient because you can have the best of both worlds (posting a picture on your feed and using the “not so worthy” content for your stories) in one app.











Snap Inc, Snapchat’s parent company recently released their IPO, and now the stock sale for Snapchat is the most valuable American technology company at $17 a share, valuing the company at $24 billion.










In conclusion, Snapchat is a major key to keeping up with social media. If you disagree, then you can ask DJ Khaled.














A device that shows next day’s weather










A dripless coffee cup











A flippable bench for when it’s wet












A see-through toaster





Snapchat or Instagram?

A few weeks ago we asked our RockStars – Why Snapchat? As reports came out stating that Snapchat was sitting second only to Facebook in the amount of time users spend in social apps beating out Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger among others it seemed that the newest social network on the block was unstoppable.

But now with Instagram launching it’s (look-a-like) ‘Instagram Stories’ feature, we asked our RockStars what they think the new feature means for Snapchat’s audience. Which social network will reign supreme when it comes to instantaneous storytelling?

Watch our video to find out what they had to say.

You, Too, Can Own Your Platform. (And You Should!)

By David Naranjo
Indulge me for a moment in some “back in my day” reminiscing.

When I was coming up in the world of media and communications, leading a team of PR pros at Sony Music and later the Estefan Enterprises, we worked hard to gin up positive coverage for our artists. More coverage equaled more units sold, so these earned opportunities were golden. Those media gatekeepers could make or break a new album, a career, or a label itself.

Needless to say, things are different today. For musicians and entertainers the revolution kicked into high gear back in the mid-00s with the rise of MySpace as a proto-platform to own the messaging and imagery associated with your brand. With a little bit of HTML and a lot of elbow grease, you could bring your art to millions, where you once needed a label, a marketing team, and an interested media. The MySpace page became the new street team (not coincidentally around this time Sony and other record companies decommissioned their own networks of real street teams).

And we know the story from there: MySpace begat Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram, and for artists more targeted apps like Soundcloud and Bandcamp integrated nicely. Cobbling together these pages with a centralized website and blog makes an effective, elegant platform for artists. Tend that social media garden well enough, and it becomes hard to remember why we ever needed media outlets so badly.

Of course, we love our friends in the press, and they always make our jobs easier. But the best brands today are leaving nothing to chance. Like those bands inhabiting the early MySpace, smart brands are creating their own platform for message management.

Our client Zappos recently engaged us for a back-to-school campaign. The deals were great, as was the apparel. And the brand is noteworthy in its own right—definitely not an unknown, frequently covered by mainstream press and trades. But this was a back-to-school campaign, straining its neck to be noticed in a sea of other back-to-school campaigns. Earned media coverage was incredibly unlikely without some kind of elevation.

We used the brand’s social media platforms to link out to guest bloggers whose influence made the campaign into actual coverage-worthy news. Now, it wasn’t just half off your second pair of sneakers. It was mommy bloggers bragging about the pairs of shoes they had gotten for their kids. Engaging with the influencers, we were able to rise above the commercial noise.

Sometimes the need to control the message speaks to the brand’s very existence. Consider a quick service restaurant client of ours who was facing a very difficult investigation in Europe into their locations. The sensational story gave short shrift to the facts and was bombastic in all the ways you hope to avoid for your clients.

So, rather than engage with the journalists in their forum, we marshaled the strength of the brand’s social media to publish facts about the situation, taking a crisis and turning it into a teaching moment. This kind of education would have been impossible on any platform other than the client’s own. The strategy was effective: the news magazine shelved a planned sequel to their report after our own messaging essentially defanged their reporting.

Here is a healthy exercise for anyone leading a brand’s communication efforts: imagine you have something incredibly important to say, something everyone needs to hear, and you have to do it right this moment. How would you do it? Would you be reliant on someone else to do it for you? Is your social media presence primed and active? Have you tended that garden? What shape are your lists in? When’s the last time someone organically signed up for your newsletter? Do you have a newsletter, if only to collect email addresses?

Media companies spend millions to refine their platforms. So should you. No one can tell your story better than you.

Why Snapchat?

It’s official. There are more people snapping every day than they are tweeting. 150 million daily users in fact compared to Twitter’s 140 million. And it’s not just Twitter. Snapchat now sits second only to Facebook in the amount of time users spend in social apps beating out Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger among others.

So we asked our RockStars – Why Snapchat?

 Here’s what they had to say.


The Case for Vertical Video: Why 1080 x 1920 is Right Around the Corner

By Sergio Claudio

In the land of mobile Millennials, vertical is the way of our one-handed, swipe-happy friends. We know audiences respond to relevant content and this means content formatted for optimal viewing on specific platforms.

Snapchat recently encouraged marketers and media companies to shoot ad vertically. Snapchat touts itself as the go-to platform for millenials and the most effective way to engage them is through a vertical video. Snapchat is on to something and its latest move is putting the customer first. And why not? When you create with the consumers’ preferences and habits in mind, your efforts have a much better chance of connecting with them and delivering greater impact.

This should sound familiar to the introduction of square photos. Not too long ago, Instagram completely changed the way people shoot and edit photos, and inspired the use of square-ready apps to make sure users fit everyone for a selfie into that infamous square frame. Even the most prominent devices and platforms now have square cropping options built-in to make the process easier for users. This became a no-brainier for brands as they quickly began crafting square content for viewers around the world.

In the age of “native” advertising, people want to engage with contextual (and formatted) content that fits into their current experience. Having to click away, squint, or tilt your phone (or head—people do it) creates a barrier between users and your message. Just as print and display ads have to adapt for publishers, it is now video’s turn to do the same and adapt for the mobile screen. 1080 x 1920 is right around the corner.

In terms of distribution for this new vertical content, the framework already exists. Facebook currently expands vertical videos to fullscreen from the mobile newsfeed. Responsive sites are the new standard, and could benefit from having a vertical video option available when scaled down for mobile. Plenty of rich media formats could also use a refreshed use of video, as advertisers have squeezed horizontal videos into vertical 300 x 600 ads and mobile interstitials for years. Snapchat might even want to explore network partnerships with vertical display ad placements to help sweeten their distribution offering (that one is free, Snapchat ;)) .

The concept is not as far-fetched as brands may think. Whether it comes in the form of new cropping options, shooting techniques, or a “responsive video” concept, there is no question that video is being consumed on the slim screen. This may now mean more production work upfront, but in the end, your content works harder and delivers where it matters most: in the results.


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