5 mind-blowingly creative campaigns to learn from

16 APR 2020

“Mediocre marketers think in terms of campaigns, great marketers think in terms of growth frameworks”

- says Neil Patel, founder, and CEO of UberSuggest.

It’s true, that the aspired outcome for every campaign is the growth of the brand, but we cannot also deny the fact that growth is reached with the help of strong and distinctive campaigns. So, there’s a never-ending cycle of correlations between company growth and its marketing campaigns.

DIGITAL marketing campaigns are the core of today’s marketing, and thus YOUR growth. Let’s have a look at the ones from which we can learn a lot.

#1 Heineken

Tell a story, share an experience, that’s what we hear throughout many years. And, the truth is it’s always working. 

Heineken did the same. The company used social topics and political conflicts to advertise its brand. Firstly, they asked various individuals to voice their opinions on news like transgenderism, feminism, and global warming. Then, another group of individuals with opposing views was paired to complete several tasks concerning the above-mentioned subjects. In the end, Heineken paired these individuals with their opposers and offered to have the debate over a beer. 

This video got viral on the web, receiving more than 17.7 million views and had over 138,000 shares and 324,000 engagements on Facebook.

#2 Red Bull

Trends are always crucial, more crucial when they accord with your target audience. Understanding why and how your consumers are using social media helps you choose the right digital channel for the right audience. 

The next story is about Red Bull. The company decided to come up with a digital campaign for Instagram, as it was launching a new tropical-flavored drink called “Summer Edition” in the Australian market. 

Having youngsters as the target and focusing on the main trends and interests among the youth, Red Bull created a special hashtag #thissummer, released a promotional teaser of its new packaged cans, and designed its IG visuals with yellow filters to portray the summer vibes and bracket summer feelings.

The social media campaign got very popular and reached its aim of being associated with summer.

#3 Old Spice

Being iconic, at the same time weird and insane is what is being remembered these days. Old Spice’s The Man Your Man Could Smell Like advertisement got 57M views already. The ones who have watched this campaign are forever stuck in mind with it. Why? Because it's mind-blowingly creative, it’s different and it’s controversial. 

However, Old Spices had another digital campaign that changed the game. A true one to learn from is the Old Spices’ social game named "Choose Your Own Adventure", conducted on Instagram. The campaign used comic-like visuals and allowed playing a game on IG by choosing from the available options of responses. It got momentarily viral on social media and triggered the interest of millions of users.

#4 IHOP/IHOb

What IHOP did, was to create buzz around its brand. Triggering interest, entering into communication with the consumers always makes them more engaged and connected.

In summer 2018, the International House of Pancakes boosted interest in its brand by “becoming” International House of Burgers for a short period. 

That’s right: IHOP flipped its last letter upside down and temporarily became IHOb.

The brand started this digital campaign by engaging their Twitter followers and asking them what does the letter “b” on their new branding stand for. 

This step created a lot of talks in the social media, various food influencers, and bloggers engaged in the conversation voicing their opinion. This word of mouth effect helped them to double their burger sales and reach their initial goal.

#5 Always

Feelings are what drive customers to buy your products. We prefer the expensive one not only because of its quality but because of the visionary “ranking” it would give us in society.

Always launched a commercial named Always’ “Like a Girl” to cover such trending topics as women's power. The advertisement aimed to help girls and women become more confident about who they are. 

The main trick in the success of this digital marketing campaign and the core thing that we can learn from it is how they used social media channels to advertise this run-of-the-mill idea. Firstly, they collaborated with TED to come up with social and educational videos to be shared with students and teachers. Secondly, they created Always Confident Curriculum as well as a special hashtag #LikeAGirl aimed to go viral on social media. Finally, they organized an Always #LikeAGirl Confidence Summit to give a broader spectrum and leave a solid eco in the world.

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