It’s nearly the end of the year but November still had a bunch of social media updates from the world’s biggest platforms and campaigns from Coca-Cola, UN Women UK, KFC and more.

Let’s get into it.

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LEGO’s new guaranteed shatterproof truck

Lego disproves the notion that memes from brand accounts can be passé, with its latest innovation, ‘the shatterproof truck’, a play on Tesla and Elon Musk’s new pickup truck which had its windows smashed in an awkward moment during its launch.

The image, described as ‘the evolution of the truck’, which is essentially three lego pieces stuck together, works so well because of the satirical tone in the copy and sleek automotive ad aesthetic.
The post on Twitter has amassed thousands of Likes, RTs and, most importantly, replies which all go to show that when brands’ attempts at authentic conversation are well-judged they can be fruitful.

Reels – Instagram’s answer to TikTok

To thwart the dominance of Chinese social media app TikTok, Instagram is launching Instagram Reels, as reported by TechCrunch’s Jon Constine.

Currently only available in Brazil (where it’s called Cenas), Reels combines all of Instagram’s most popular features and, similarly to TikTok, allows users to make clips set to music (up to 15-second long). Reels users can then share their creations as Stories.

Instagram has also introduced a Top Reels section to its Explore page, giving the most popular Reels the opportunity to go viral on the platform…sound familiar.

Coca-Cola launches ‘Holidays are Coming’ campaign in the UK

Coca-Cola’s ‘Holidays are Coming’ campaign is arguably the most famous Christmas TV ad of all-time, and the soft-drinks brand has given the classic spot a new global campaign.

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Posted by Coca-Cola on Friday, 22 November 2019

In addition to the social media coverage, the brand will be sending its famous Coca-Cola truck on a tour to visit several UK towns and cities for Christmassy pop-ups and has partnered with homeless charity Crisis; pledging 10p for every limited-edition Coke zero sugar cinammon, which can be sampled and recycled throughout the truck tour.

Coca-Cola has also worked with SnapChat to create its own ‘Coca-Cola Christmas lens’, to spread some additional social media Christmas cheer this holiday season.

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IKEA UK teams up with grime legend for ‘Silence the Critics’

Ikea’s first-ever UK Christmas campaign sees the Swedish furniture giant team up with one of grime’s most distinctive voices, for one of this year’s most memorable holiday season campaigns – Silence the Critics.

Household ornaments and crockery, voiced by MC D Double E, poke fun at the tired decor of a family home.

Silence the Critics aims to address the feeling of home-shame consumers can sometimes feel during the busy Christmas period, when they could be playing host to family and friends.

By harnessing the mainstream popularity of grime (and one if it’s legends) and using D Double E’s talent in a memorable way, this is one Christmas ad sure to stick in the mind.

Facebook Pay gets US roll-out

Facebook has rolled out Facebook Pay to its users in the US, allowing users to make seamless product purchases on Facebook’s suite of platforms; Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger.

Facebook Pay lets users add their preferred payment method to their account with the added benefit of being able to set up Facebook Pay app-by-app.

Users will also have access to their payment history, have the ability to manage multiple payment methods and update their settings all in one place. What’s more, users will get real-time live-chat customer support.

Upon its initial US roll-out, Facebook Pay will be limited to transfers including fundraisers, person-to-person payments, and businesses on Facebook Marketplace.

Twitter gears up to battle ‘deep fakes’:

Twitter has asked its community of users to help shape the social media company’s approach to the proliferation of synthetic and manipulated media (also known as deep fakes) on the platform.

Twitter’s VP Trust and Safety wrote on the company’s blog: “when you come to Twitter to see what’s happening in the world, we want you to have context about the content you’re seeing and engaging with. Deliberate attempts to mislead or confuse people through manipulated media undermine the integrity of the conversation.”

To formalise its policy on deep fakes, Twitter has produced a draft of what it’ll do when it detects synthetic and manipulated media that purposely tries to mislead or confuse its users – Twitter will:

  • Place a notice next to Tweets that share synthetic or manipulated media; 
  • Warn people before they share or like Tweets with synthetic or manipulated media; or 
  • Add a link – for example, to a news article or Twitter Moment – so that people can read more about why various sources believe the media is synthetic or manipulated. 

In addition to the developers that it hopes to partner with to finalise its policy and shore up its detection processes, Twitter has called upon its users for feedback via a survey or by tweeting using the hashtag #TwitterPolicyFeedback.

WhatsApp takes one more step toward monetisation

WhatsApp will now allow the users of its business app to utilise product catalogs, which the Facebook-owned company says will help sellers provide more details on the items they’re selling.

Catalogs are described as the “mobile storefront for businesses to showcase and share their goods so people can easily browse and discover something they would like to buy”.

Historically, businesses were confined to sending product photos one at a time, repeatedly providing information to customers via the app, but now customers will be able to see their favourite companies’ full product catalog right within the WhatsApp Business platform.

Businesses in Brazil, Germany, India, Indonesia, Mexico, the U.K. and the U.S. will be able to access the new catalogs feature, with a wider roll-out planned for the future.

UN Women UK launches ‘The Countdown Has Begun’

United Nations’ gender equality entity, UN Women UK, has launched its newest campaign in its ongoing efforts to end international violence against women and girls.

The Countdown Has Begun follows on from UN Women UK’s 2017 #drawaline initiative. This year’s campaign focuses on helping end female genital mutilation (FGM) globally by 2030.

The campaign uses powerful stats – 68 million girls will be at risk of FGM between 2015 and 2030 – and monochrome imagery to perfectly convey the prominence of the issue from an emotive and aesthetic perspective.

The campaign also harnesses the power of celebrities and activists, including Saira Khan, Scarlett Curtis and Alimatu Dimonekene for additional influence.

Snap, Facebook and political ads

Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel has made clear his company’s policy as it pertains to fact-checking politicians and political ads.

As per an interview with CNBC, Spiegel explains that Snap reviews all advertising on its platform (political ads included). Spiegel also added that he thinks Snap should “create a place for political ads on our platform, especially because we reach so many young people and first-time voters we want them to be able to engage with the political conversation, but we don’t allow things like misinformation to appear in that advertising.”

Snapchat’s bold move demonstrates its sense of political responsibility to its users and in the days following this declaration from its CEO (and amidst growing pressure), Facebook announced some news of its own…

As per The Wall Street Journal, Facebook is also “considering making changes to its political-advertising policy that could include preventing campaigns from targeting only very small groups of people.”

KFC serves up its Christmas campaign

Fast-food chain KFC has shared a series of funny, animated short social ads for its Christmas campaign for 2019.

This year’s Christmas campaign sees the famous fried chicken chain wish consumers luck with the stress that comes with preparing and cooking a turkey on the big day.

The series of mini videos range from the nightmare of burning a turkey to a crisp, to fitting one in an oven – which KFC calls ‘Ovenception’.

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