Influencer Marketing

  • TikTok star E.J. Marcus acting as "Toby" for Heinz' Tomato Blood promotion
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    Heinz recruits vegetarian vampire for return of Tomato Blood ketchup

    The brand tapped popular TikTok creator E.J. Marcus to play Toby, the 280-year-old vampire influencer that believes “humans are people too.”

    By Sept. 29, 2022
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    Duracell calls on tech geeks to energize new TikTok page

    A paid program will see self-proclaimed nerds collaborate in a workshop space on battery-powered products and life hack content. 

    By Sept. 22, 2022
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    YouTube brings revenue sharing to Shorts as battle for creator talent intensifies

    Short-form video is also becoming a pathway to YouTube’s partner program as it tries to keep creators within its ecosystem and away from rivals like TikTok.

    By Sept. 20, 2022
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    Deep Dive

    How an empowered creator economy is challenging marketers

    Likes no longer equal success, authenticity sells and TikTok’s highest paid contributors just launched their own enterprise, leaving marketers on a continuous pivoting loop.

    By Sept. 20, 2022
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    ESPN launches creator network to attract Gen Z

    While creators will not be compensated, they will be provided with travel, tickets, access, equipment and a series of learning courses.

    By Sept. 19, 2022
  • Singer Chloë Bailey blows a gum bubble as part of a Trident campaign
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    Why brands are creating original songs for TikTok

    McDonald's, Pizza Hut and Trident are among the marketers updating a cultural tactic for the top social platform.

    By Sept. 15, 2022
  • Five pieces of clothing from Mailchimp's NYFW capsule collection
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    Mailchimp swings into NYFW with pop-up, capsule collection

    The email marketing platform combines in-person and digital elements as part of its recently launched "Guess Less, Sell More" brand campaign.

    By Sept. 9, 2022
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    Amazon ads top engagement ranking, but TikTok holds innovation crown

    Consumers surveyed by Kantar favored “real-world” advertising for the third year running, but brand investment plans remain focused on digital.

    By Sept. 7, 2022
  • Gap materials for its fall 2022 campaign, "Icons."
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    Gap highlights culture shapers with ‘Icons’ campaign, NFT contest

    Gap Logo Remix invites artists to design a logo that could become an NFT and be printed on the brand’s signature hoodie.

    By Sept. 7, 2022
  • NFL quarterback Matthew Stafford stands and holds a Little Caesars pizza box
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    Little Caesars deepens new NFL deal with TV spot, promotion

    Amid its first moves as official pizza of the league, the chain partnered with quarterback Matthew Stafford for a TV spot created with AOR McKinney.

    By Aug. 29, 2022
  • Comedian Ziwe Fumudoh holds a can of Loyal 9 wearing a yellow dress.
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    Diageo’s Loyal 9 highlights no-fizz qualities in first national campaign

    Ads starring Ziwe deploy the late-night host’s typically pointed questioning style to probe beachgoers about their drink preferences.

    By Aug. 25, 2022
  • An image of Rumi, a virtual identity created by Dentsu VI
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    Dentsu designs virtual brand characters for metaverse and beyond

    A new Dentsu VI service uses motion-capture techniques to create fully customizable virtual identities as brands invest more in CGI influencers. 

    By Aug. 22, 2022
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    Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s ask Twitch community to help build new menu item

    After polling followers about their favorite ingredients, the brands are sponsoring creator livestreams where people can vote on their preferred meals.

    By Aug. 19, 2022
  • A group of young people as part of American Eagle's 2022 back-to-school campaign
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    American Eagle tunes into TikTok’s SoundOn for back-to-school campaign

    The retailer used the feature to partner with artist Katherine Li on a custom tune that serves as the anthem for the music- and metaverse-oriented effort.  

    By Aug. 18, 2022
  • A Hot Pocket ad marketing its One20 gaming contest.
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    Hot Pockets leans into gaming community with creator contest

    To integrate itself into gaming culture, the brand has promised more than $100,000 worth of prizes to support winners of its One20 Contest.

    By Aug. 17, 2022
  • Frosted Flakes mascot Tony the Tiger rendered as a Vtuber on Twitch
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    Tony the Tiger transforms into gr-r-eat Twitch streamer

    The iconic Frosted Flakes brand mascot is becoming a VTuber in a first-of-its-kind collaboration with the streaming platform.

    By Aug. 15, 2022
  • A virtual influencer appears before a Pacsun store
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    Pacsun collaborates with virtual influencer Miquela for back-to-school ads

    After hitting its goal of reaching 2 million TikTok followers, the youth-oriented retailer is putting a heavier focus on the metaverse for Q4.

    By Aug. 15, 2022
  • A QR code appears outside Pacaembu Stadium in Brazil as part of a Budweiser campaign.
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    Budweiser sends soccer fans on scavenger hunt in countdown to World Cup

    Marking 100 days until the tournament, the promotion features QR codes that unlock coordinates for hidden prize boxes carrying tickets and more.

    By Aug. 12, 2022
  • Several firefighters appear in a Coors Banquet ad as part of its Protect the Protectors campaign
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    Courtesy of Molson Coors

    Coors Banquet supports firefighters with special packaging, capsule collection

    In line with Molson Coors’ sustainability efforts, the program connects climate change with spreading wildfires and the strain on firefighters.

    By Updated Aug. 5, 2022
  • Actress-singer Coco Jones wears a headset behind a laptop in front of a neon sign that reads "Subtly Sweet Hotline"
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    Courtesy of Pure Lea Iced Tea

    Pure Leaf’s TikTok hotline helps women navigate pressure to be sweet

    “Bel-Air” star Coco Jones, who has over 2.1 million followers, will dole out practical advice for uncomfortable scenarios around friends, family and work.

    By Aug. 2, 2022
  • Jack in the Box mascot Jack Box is accompanied by actor Mark Hamill on the set of a commercial
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    Jack in the Box welcomes back most famous employee Mark Hamill

    Created in collaboration with TBWA\Chiat\Day Los Angeles, the campaign revisits the playful antics that once got the Star Wars icon fired from the chain.

    By Aug. 1, 2022
  • The musician Usher stands with his arms outstretched in front of a screen bearing the words, "A Taste of Passion."
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    Rémy Martin, Usher mark Vegas residency with immersive experience

    Accompanied by an NFT, a limited-edition bottle was created using technology meant to capture the smell of Rémy Martin 1738 Accord Royal.

    By July 27, 2022
  • A couple and their kid walk through a Hilton hotel lobby while pushing their child in a stroller.
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    Hilton ribs romantic streak in travel ads with focus on perks

    A new global platform has Paris Hilton promote practical services like pet-friendly accommodations versus generic imagery of beaches. 

    By July 25, 2022
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    Toyota drives chatter for TikTok debut with creator-led dance challenge

    Aubrey Fisher, who also appears in TV ads for the brand, helped judge a contest that drew over 1.4 million user-generated videos.

    By July 18, 2022
  • Members of epsorts brand Dignitas' Fortnite collective appear in a promotional image around a sponsorship with Mike and Ike.
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    Retrieved from Dignitas on July 12, 2022

    Mike and Ike sweetens esports brand's bid at winning over Fortnite fans

    The candy sponsorship is the first for Dignitas’ dedicated Fortnite collective and will feature a TikTok series, competitive event and more.

    By July 12, 2022