How Lego uses Instagram to inspire fans of all ages

Since it was founded in 1932, countless generations of children have grown up with Lego toys. As time and technology have progressed, Lego has created a whole new breed of Lego-obsessed youngsters – equally enthralled by its movie and video game franchise.

Social media continues to be an intrinsic part of Lego’s marketing strategy, with visual content a key way the brand drives engagement and fosters a sense of community online. 

Battle of the Christmas chatbots: Why M&S beats Lego & ASOS

Christmas is a time for drinking mulled wine, eating mince pies, and panic-buying naff presents for people.

This year, a few retailers are doing their utmost to make the latter experience a little less stressful, by launching their own gift-finding chatbots.

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Examining Lego’s social success (and how it boosts ROI)

Lego is certainly a great success story.

Especially when you consider that several years ago some believed the brand’s fortunes were destined to decline as they surely couldn’t hope to compete with video games and other forms of digital entertainment for the attention of a generation that had grown up on technology.

10 best social campaigns and stories from April 2015

Now that David Moth is our new head of social, he has bequeathed his regular round-up of social campaigns and stories to me, as he’s now too busy posting Taylor Swift Vines on the official company Twitter.

He can be confident that this is in relatively safe hands.

So sit back and enjoy this new-look collection of news and advertising inspiration taken from the wide world of social, and I’ll try and keep the puns to a minimum.

50+ key takeaways and soundbites from the Festival of Marketing

Last week, thousands of marketers attended our Festival of Marketing at the Tobacco Dock in London.

It was a two-day celebration of the modern marketing industry, featuring speakers from brands including LEGO, Marks and Spencer, Coca-Cola, Buzzfeed, KLM and many more industry experts sparking discussions in a unique mix of Q&As, debates, case studies and workshops.

Although it would be impossible to condense one session into a single quote, or even cover every single session in each strand (there were 10 stages featuring approximately 120 sessions plus five keynote speeches), here’s a quick round-up some of the key takeaways from our event. 

Lars Silberbauer on LEGO and being the human voice of your company

LEGO is one of the most beloved brands on the planet and its social strategy is one of the most richly engaging and rewarding.

The company puts a strong emphasis on encouraging and inspiring the different communities it has created throughout its many active digital channels.

Lars Silberbauer is LEGO’s global director of social media and this morning he gave a talk at our Festival of Marketing about the finer aspects of Lego’s social strategy.

Eight brands scaring your pants off this Halloween

Better lock the doors, turn off all the lights and cling to your favourite comfort blanket, Halloween is getting closer.

Whether on video, social, or just giving their website a spooky little makeover, brands are doing some fittingly disturbing things this year.

Here’s a round-up of some of my favourites.

Q&A: Lars Silberbauer on LEGO’s social strategy

LEGO is a consistently engaging brand that puts a strong emphasis on encouraging and inspiring the different communities it has created throughout its many active digital channels.

It hasn’t just relied on the 65 years worth of good-will built up from being one of the most beloved brands on the planet however.

LEGO has worked incredibly hard to remain relevant across the generations by aligning itself with quality licences, creating excellent content (which lead to one of the most successful pieces of content marketing in recent years) and experimenting with crowd-sourced product developement. All of this while still remaining true to its original vision.

I recently spoke to LEGO’s global director of social media Lars Silberbauer about the more strategic aspects of LEGO’s social activity

This interview should act as a tantalising appetiser to Lars’ appearance at our Festival of Marketing event in November, a two day celebration of the modern marketing industry.