The consumer shift from solitary electronic hearth-like television viewing to the simultaneous digestion of broadcast, narrowcast and socially produced content and ads across channels and devices has clearly occurred. At the same time, real world examples and studies measuring time spent by media type prove that, at our core, consumers are social animals. Lately, moves by two of the savviest brands took advantage of these phenomena.
First, as everyone in the digital advertising world surely knows by now, Oreo brilliantly responded to the surprise power outage at the Super Bowl Stadium with a perfectly timed and humorous “You can still dunk in the dark” social campaign. Honestly, what’s not to love about a great brand taking advantage of what we all knew was an immediate shift of eyeballs from the big screen to social networks to its advantage? As several Fortune 500 brands poured millions into less than memorable 30-second spots, Oreo stole the show with a free campaign that was truly driven by the behavior and interests of the viewing audience.
The very next morning, Swiss luxury watch brand RAYMOND WEIL boldly acknowledged the power of social as well. In a very unconventional move, the brand turned off its corporate website... Read more