Are Branded Emojis The New Ad Unit for Twitter?

What Happened
Coca-Cola has partnered with Twitter to unveil a new custom emoji as part of its “#ShareaCoke” ad campaign. Previously, Twitter had only introduced these custom emojis for special events, such as promoting the upcoming new Star Wars movie and the VMAs, but never as part of an ad deal. The beverage company also seems to be working with social influencers, as evidenced by this tweet from famous racer Danica Patrick.

What Brands Should Do
Given the enduring popularity of emojis, it’s not hard to imagine Twitter continuing to sell custom emojis as a new ad unit to brands that wish to make a splash on the social platform. Brands that wish to try it out would be wise to start early, as the novelty might start to wear off once more branded emojis get introduced.  


Source: TechCrunch

Header image courtesy of The Coca-Cola Co. on Twitter

Facebook marketing boot camp

Facebook marketing camp This month the Lab attended a kind of Facebook marketing boot camp, where members of the Facebook team guided us on best practices for integrating Facebook within brand marketing plans. The opportunity is much larger then capturing a portion of the 250 million Facebook users as customers; it’s also a prospect for new ways to be innovative in our marketing.

Most of the conversation of the day centered around two ways you can use Facebook to market your brand: engagement ads and Facebook pages. But the team did talk a bit about what’s new on the popular site. For instance, they are starting to put demographic and geographic targeting into action: Targeting keywords from status updates and users birthdays are new features.

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