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    Pizza Hut, Jimmy John's tie first metaverse experiments to real-world rewards

    Visitors to the sandwich chain's virtual restaurant can build and order a "Metasandwich," while the pizza marketer is dropping into ComplexLand.

    By May 20, 2022
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    TikTok's new ad product lets brands crowdsource content

    Branded Mission creates a direct channel between brands and creators, potentially removing the need for agencies that offer influencer marketing services.

    By May 19, 2022
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    Influencer Marketing

    Amid a surge in confidence and new platform approaches, brands continue to turn to influencers for fresh content that can reach online consumers.

    By Marketing Dive staff
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    Burger wars: How Burger King's rivalry with McDonald's reverberates through adland

    Despite McDonald's boasting twice as many restaurants, five times the ad budget and 10 times the revenue, Burger King's marketing innovations have had lasting impact.

    By Chris Kelly • May 17, 2022
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    Snap taps Wieden + Kennedy vet as chief creative officer

    Colleen DeCourcy, who built a reputation during a decade with the decorated agency, helped develop the Snapchat owner’s first Oscars campaign this year.  

    By May 16, 2022
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    Pepsi, Pizza Hut put soccer fans in Paul Pogba's shoes with AR game

    Activations with Yum Brands restaurants attempt to capture the excitement ahead of the UEFA Champions League final with help from the star midfielder.

    By May 11, 2022
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    Taco Bell asks diners to swap out mundane meals via TikTok dance challenge

    "Taco Swap" builds on an effort that helped to drive the highest sales week in the chain's history and represents another bid to be closer to youth culture.

    By May 9, 2022
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    5 brands that get social commerce right

    These top brands are getting ahead with social commerce to deliver innovative, personalized experiences to their customers.

    May 9, 2022
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    Metaverse goes mainstream, but most consumers still don't understand it

    Still, 90% of those surveyed by Wunderman Thompson Intelligence believe the concept will have a meaningful impact on advertising.

    By May 6, 2022
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    Xbox levels up mobile app through stories feature

    Following Microsoft's announcement that it may bring ads to its gaming platform, Xbox is taking a TikTok-like approach to user content. 

    By May 5, 2022
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    Snap released a video promoting its new AR features and partner brands, including Goodr, Puma and Ralph Lauren. The image was retrieved from its video on May 4, 2022.

    Snap expands e-commerce reach for brands with new AR tech

    Puma, American Eagle and Zenni Optical tested the upgraded tools to offer virtual product try-ons via Snapchat and within their own apps.

    By May 5, 2022
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    TikTok's new premium ad unit aligns brands with top 4% of videos

    TikTok Pulse is bought at a fixed CPM and on a reservation basis, speaking to the app’s efforts to cater to deeper-pocketed advertisers at the NewFronts.

    By May 5, 2022
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    Snapchat partners with Cameo to streamline brand-creator ad deals

    Mattress Firm, Molson Coors and Kraft have been beta testing the program, letting them draw on over 45,000 personalities for custom video ads.

    By May 4, 2022
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    Deep Dive

    How Coke and Pepsi's rivalry shaped marketing — and where it goes next

    As the most enduring consumer brand rivalry enters a new phase in the metaverse, tall orders around sustainability may demand cooperation over competition.

    By May 3, 2022
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    TikTok deepens AR investment with Camera IQ tools

    Estée Lauder’s Smashbox and Cartoon Network piloted the new tech, the latter of which notched 4 million views from an AR effect without paid promotion.

    By April 28, 2022
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    Facebook sees users grow again while metaverse bets gain traction

    Wendy's recent activation in Horizon Worlds drew 52 million visitors, a promising development as Meta's broader ad business continues to slow.

    By April 28, 2022
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    YouTube drags down Google performance as challenges pile up

    The video platform severely missed revenue expectations in the first quarter amid the war in Ukraine and ongoing Apple headwinds.

    By April 27, 2022
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    Malibu calls for eternal summer with new campaign

    The social-heavy push attempts to extend the drink's popularity beyond the summer months and build on recent growth.

    By April 26, 2022
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    What marketers should consider when it comes to metaverse brand safety

    As the metaverse becomes a bigger part of strategy, marketers should be aware of the risks of emerging platforms, according to the Oasis Consortium's Tiffany Xingyu Wang.

    By April 26, 2022
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    What Elon Musk's Twitter takeover means for advertisers

    The Tesla CEO's stated mission around preserving "free speech" tees up looser content moderation policies on a platform already infamous for toxicity.

    By April 26, 2022
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    Degree boosts inclusivity in metaverse with virtual marathon

    The Unilever deodorant brand is working with Decentraland to help create a standard of inclusivity and representation in the metaverse.

    By April 25, 2022
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    Snap's ad business challenged as global chaos adds to Apple headwinds

    While the Ukraine war and inflation are impacting revenue, the Snapchat owner has secured upfront commitments more than 60% higher than last year.

    By April 22, 2022
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    Spot Pet Insurance employs Cameo for star-studded campaign

    The company is teaming with talent like Lindsay Lohan, Gabby Douglas and Erin Andrews to produce social media-friendly videos to promote its insurance.

    By April 21, 2022
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    Unilever tightens restrictions on food marketing targeted at kids

    A more stringent policy recognizes the power of social media and influencers, with the Ben & Jerry's marketer pledging it won't message to those under 16.

    By April 21, 2022
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    Tide's 'Doctor Strange' ads connect MCU to past marketing

    The P&G label links the storied superhero franchise to its own universe with teasers drawing on the "It's a Tide Ad" Super Bowl campaign.

    By April 20, 2022
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    What Gen Z wants to see from brands as metaverse attachments grow

    A new study finds a third of the group desires branded stores, while receptivity to in-game advertising ranked low.

    By April 19, 2022