Campaign of the week
Marmite warned of an imminent “full-scale Marmageddon” in a 60-second digital teaser launched on the brand’s social media channels ahead of the TV return of its popular “End Marmite Neglect” campaign next week.
The campaign will attempt to replicate the success of the 2013 effort, which saw the brand post double-digit sales increases.
Perhaps this time the campaign, which parodies animal rescue programmes by sending teams into homes to seek out “neglected” jars of Marmite in people’s cupboards, can avoid controversy – the 2013 ads garnered over 500 complaints to the ASA stating that the advert distastefully made light of the work of animal charities.
Good week for
The social network announced that use of its video platform has increased globally by 75%, making it a competitor for dominant online video site YouTube and setting a trend for social networks such as Twitter to follow suit in creating video platforms.
Facebook also claimed that the amount of video produced by brands on its News Feed has gone up 3.6x year on year.
Bad week for
TalkTalk announced plans to scrap Blinkbox this week and rebrand the service as part of TalkTalkTV, while broadband customers will be transferred over to its service.
The move comes despite a multimillion-pound investment by Tesco to boost the profile of the brand since buying an 80% stake in the business in 2011.
However, TalkTalk will not completely disappear, as Tesco still owns the music and books aspects of the business.
Motorola makes a comeback…in China
Lenovo announced it would bring back Motorola smartphones in China after acquiring the company from Google for $2.91 billion three months ago. Three Motorola smartphones including the Moto X, Moto X Pro and Moto G will go on sale in the country early this year.
It will be interesting to see how the brand will perform amongst intense competition from Chinese brands such as Xiaomi. The Motorola smartphones will not cater to the low price market that Xiaomi has done to reach its success.
One to watch
In the midst of the multiple smartwatches launched at the CES 2015, there was one prominent company missing with its anticipated announcement. Apple’s Smart Watch is due to arrive at some point at the beginning of the year, but the brand has been coy in proclaiming the specific date of its launch.
The watch’s arrival has become all the more important to marketers this week, as the ad tech company TapSense announced that it would provide an ad platform for the watch to deliver local offers and coupons from retailers in the local area to consumers. This may mark the next generation of wearables with further advertising capability. Watch this space.
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