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Five of the all-time best brand tie-ups, including Starbucks, O2 & Zoolander

Last week saw three of the strangest brand tie-ups for a while.

The first was that Nike Starbucks shoe, retailing at $100, the second, a strained Wayne Rooney cameo (see below) in an X-Men adventure (and some blue-faced mascots at a United game), the third, green and red Angry Birds burger buns at McDonald’s.

This got me thinking – what are the best brand tie-ups of the past few years?

Virtual reality: Three more brands dipping their toes in

Virtual reality is either the emperor’s new clothes or the most exciting area of media today.

Whatever your own belief, brands are getting to grips with VR, making use of emerging agency expertise in this area.

Here are three of the latest brands using VR (mostly for branded content thus far), from automotive, food and drink, and retail.

10 delicious digital marketing campaigns from McDonald’s

However you feel about thin pieces of meat matter nestled between entirely time-proof bread, we’re here to talk about marketing rather than products. 

McDonald’s may have suffered in terms of both finance and reputation over the years, but when it comes to digital marketing the brand has achieved some pretty impressive results. 

How Burger King beat McDonald’s with the McWhopper

What happens when you combine the “tastiest bits” of a McDonald’s Big Mac and Burger King Whopper?

The world will apparently never know despite Burger King’s attempts to unite its signature menu item with McDonald’s most famous creation in “one delicious, peace-loving burger.”

World Cup marketing in APAC: Which brand has the most innovative campaign?

The World Cup kicks off on June 12 and is a festival of football that Asia’s passionate fans will doubtless enjoy.

Unfortunately every game kicks off at times between midnight and 6am here in Singapore which is going to mean some very sleepy Singaporean and Asian residents.

Many brands are desperately trying to capture the attention of these passionate fans, both official sponsors and unofficial brands eager to capitalise on the world’s greatest event.

But which is doing the best job?

How the top 10 US retailers use Pinterest

Pinterest is used by more than 21% of all American adults. This is up from 15% on the previous year.

This figure comes from the last study by Pew Research, which also states the even more incredible fact that one-third of all women in the USA use Pinterest.

Pinterest drove an unprecedented amount of traffic to retail sites in Q4 2013 achieving a 50% quarter-over-quarter increase in revenue-per-visit (RPV). In fact, Pinterest has overtaken Facebook for UK referral revenue and is expected to do the same in the USA this year.

Also, with the amount of Pinterest Pin it buttons overtaking the amount of Facebook Likes on product pages, retailers are realising that Pinterest is a key way to drive sales

Let’s take a look at how the top 10 US retailers (in terms of 2013 sales) use Pinterest.

Eight great examples of mobile marketing from Southeast Asia

Mobile penetration varies hugely among APAC nations, however in developed countries such as Hong Kong and Singapore more than three-quarters of the population own a smartphone.

In response to this consumer trend APAC marketers have to place greater emphasis on mobile, which has resulted in some extremely creative campaigns.

Having previously investigated stats on m-commerce from the region, here are eight excellent examples of mobile marketing campaigns from APAC.

Six innovative online advent calendars from brands

I should add a caveat here… ‘of varying degrees of quality’.

There are definitely six examples here, but I would suggest that only four and a half are actually ‘innovative’.

I’ll start with the best one, which is the reason why I began this journey in the first place. Well that and an uncharacteristic wave of festive spirit after enjoying a post-lunchtime liqueur chocolate. Then if you can tread with increasing amounts caution through the remaining examples, that would be great.

So with the formalities dispensed with, let’s begin…