There’s a rather childish feel to this week’s digital news roundup, but it is nearly Christmas, after all.
Stories this week include games, toys and base humour. All of it, essential.
Trump Tower briefly renamed Dump Tower
Over the weekend, Trump Tower was briefly renamed ‘Dump Tower’ on Google Maps. If that doesn’t raise a smile then all hope is lost.
H&M arguably wins Xmas
H&M may have left it late (relatively) to reveal its Christmas ad, but it has certainly hit the mark with a story directed by Wes Andersen and starring Adrien Brody.
The ad was created by Adam&Eve/DDB, the same agency that produced John Lewis’ Buster the Boxer campaign.
It feels like the retailer has taken the advert-as-feature-film to its logical conclusion.
Facebook Messenger launches Instant Games
Facebook has launched Instant Games on Messenger in 30 countries, with an initial 17 games to try.
Using HTML5, the games load quickly in your message thread and are designed to be played competitively with friends.
Black Friday stats roundup
Nikki Gilliland has rounded up some stats from the annual shopping bonanza.
Adobe figures shows that online sales records in the US hit $3.34bn on Black Friday, a 17.7% increase on sales last year.
Lego Creator Sets were the top toy, and iPads the top electronics sold.
Travel is an increasing hit over this sales period, with data from Sojern showing a 21% increase in flight bookings on Cyber Monday compared to the previous Monday (this figure was only 9% in 2015).
Lego was a favourite on Black Friday
Important chihuahua news
This week Virgin America began its #TinyDogsTinyFares Cyber Monday deal, with cheaper seats and a pledge for each booking from Virgin America of $10 to animal charities.
The move coincides with ‘Operation Chihuahua’ airlift – where the airline flies Chihuahuas from San Francisco (which has an epidemic of pound chihuahuas) to New York and new homes.
It goes without saying, the promo video is too good to miss.
Nokia phones will be back in 2017
Nokia has signed a 10-year brand licensing deal with Finnish startup HMD, which will produce a range of smartphones and feature phones.
The company is confident that the brand still carries enough weight to compete, particularly selling feature phones to markets such as Russia and Africa.
Napoleon Dynamite sells cheesy tots for Burger King
Burger King continues to listen to its fans online and introduce retro menu items they have been pining for.
Last year it was chicken fries, now it’s cheesy tots. And they’ve managed to get Napoleon Dynamite to advertise them. Genius.
Accenture Interactive acquires Karmarama
The trend for consultancies buying agencies hits the UK, with Accenture Interactive buying the large independent Karmarama.
Clarkson, Hammond and May launch DriveTribe
The former Top Gear trio this week launched DriveTribe, a motoring community online which they hope will become as synonymous with automotive user generated content as TripAdvisor is for travel.
DriveTribe is backed by 21st Century Fox and other equity firms, and is a completely separate venture to Prime’s The Grand Tour.
Netflix now allows download to watch offline
Bringing its functionality level with Amazon Prime, Netflix now allows app users to download shows in order to watch offline.
Amazon grocery stores to open soon
The Financial Times reports that Amazon is soon to open two grocery stores in Seattle.
Both stores will be similar to drive-throughs, with customers able to collect groceries they have ordered online.
The move is Amazon’s latest push into groceries, a market where the logistics specialist sees room for considerable growth.