This list may spark a Twitterstorm all its own.
We know some people are going to disagree with our list. Indeed, in some quarters, the fact that we didn’t include Kony 2012 is going to be enough to send some in the socialsphere over the edge.
It is, after all, arguably the most astonishingly successful social media effort ever. And everyone (everyone) is reverse engineering the campaign to see if they can replicate it.
It’s just that ultimately (again, don’t hate), we found certain aspects of the effort unsettling for
reasons we haven’t quite taken the time to fully puzzle together in our own minds.
But the other, far more important reason: This particular list is for brand-oriented social initiatives
versus cause-oriented efforts (or political, for that matter - which would have resulted in the Obama campaign's inclusion on our list this year).
And in that regard, like a few of our Top 10 lists so far this year, it is one that is dominated by Coca-Cola. It's no wonder the brand has been named the 'Creative Marketer of the Year' for the 2013 Cannes Festival.
So: Here’s our list. If you disagree, make your own list and share.
Mustang’s not horsing around when it comes to social media.
Not only fun, but serious blackmail material, too.
Move over social celeb-crazy
Old Spice Guy. Comedians in this campaign impersonate consumers who Like the brand, based their sure-to-be-embellished Facebook Profiles
Turn downer beauty ads that feature negative or unrealistic imagery into uplifting ads that eschew beauty industry stereotypes.
Why go to all the trouble of building social media buzz when you can just fake it and achieve the same thing?
Obliterating your most annoying Facebook friends? Yeah, there’s an app for that.
A new twist on sharing a Coke and a smile.
A mobile-meets-social take on Coke’s classic “Hilltop” spot. Oh, and winner of the 1st ever
Cannes Mobile Grand Prix.
Call it a crowdsourced cliffhanger
Brought the ad bowl to a whole new level of social interactivity. Oh and attracted 9 million viewers who spent an average of 28 minutes with the brand.