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The 2017 Come Up

January 3, 2017

Out with the old, in with the new. 2016 was a big year for advertising, marketing, and especially technology. We were exposed to some things that no one had every really seen before. But rather than dwelling on what happened last year, I’ve decided to dedicate this post to open a discussion on how some of the trends we saw developing last year can (and will) affect marketers in the new year. So to kick 2017 off with The MAD Mix, here are some big things that you might see over the course of the year.

 

Virtual Reality

We got a taste of what VR can do in 2016, but I really think we’re less than a year away from seeing how this kind of technology will be incorporated in marketing strategies. VR presents an excellent opportunity to take a brand to the next level of engagement. We’ve seen Sony already incorporate VR into the Play Station 4, and not to mention Samsung with the Gear VR headset. You’re probably thinking: “Malick those things blew up in 2016, how can you say VR isn’t already here?” The thing is, Sony and Samsung are developers of these types of technology so that’s what I see to be expected. What I’m looking for in VR is how big retailers will use it. How will retailers like Wal-Mart, McDonalds, or Starbucks use VR to advertise their product? Virtual stores maybe? I think VR will change the way that we shop online in 2017, just wait for it.

Live Streaming

While sites like Twitch.tv and Facebook have offered live streaming services for a few years now, the idea hasn’t really made its mark yet with the average consumer and especially businesses. With the tech world heading towards a more mobile friendly approach, we can expect to see live streaming become much more mainstream. What do I mean by that? Well in November of 2016, Instagram officially launched their live streaming function to anyone who has an account. Instagram has approximately 600 million monthly users, so by the looks of things, we’re due for a load of live streaming content of people’s dogs and dinner.

R.I.P Radio

Ok this one might be a bit of a bold prediction, but hear me out. The reach of radio is nothing to argue. A study by Nielsen shows that broadcast radio reaches over 90% of all age groups. But I have a hard time believing that young people are tuning in the same way our parents are. From my personal experience, the only time I find myself listening to the radio is when I’m in a car, literally. Now I know what some may be thinking: “cars will always exist, so radio will as well”. I don’t necessarily see that as holding true. With mobile streaming technology (and aux cables), becoming more and more prevalent in people’s cars, don’t you think that radio may not be the best advertising choice in the coming years? Even with the development of VR technology and live streaming, we may start to see advertisers move towards a more engaging form of reach than radio. Want to read more about an interesting study on radio numbers? Click here.

2017 is going to present some really interesting trends in technology and advertising. Personally I’m most excited to see how VR pans out. There is some really interesting ways that we’re going to be interacting with media, advertising, and technology in the next 12 months, so buckle up!

 

 

Malick Ba is an advertising and marketing specialist currently living in Toronto, Canada. As an alumni of both the University of Ottawa and Humber College, Malick specializes in communications, advertising, and marketing. Currently, Malick works at an advertising agency in downtown Toronto and is looking forward to how he can further leave his mark upon the advertising and marketing world. Follow him on Instagram, and connect with him on LinkedIn.

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2016 Annual Recap – The Top 5 Highlights of the Year

December 30, 2016

It goes without saying that 2016 has been quite the year. We’ve witnessed a controversial new president become elected, a fairly high number of celebrity deaths, and of course a plethora of great memes. With all of this going on, we wanted to put together five key moments of the year in relation to advertising and marketing. Check out our recap of 2016 below.

Written by Malick and Dakarai.

 

Instagram’s Competitive Year

Instagram’s new logo introduced in 2016

M: Instagram made some serious competitive moves in 2016. As any frequent Instagram user would know, the ability to display a photo or video for a limited period of time on their profile (also known as a “Story”) was added into the photo sharing app this year. The addition of this allowed fun instances in time to be displayed to whoever is a part of your network. The significance of this more importantly shows competitive action to Snapchat (who basically invented the idea of the Story). From personal experience, a lot of people in my network use their Instagram Story to link off to their Snapchat handle which seems to be counter productive from Instagram’s standpoint, by adding this function in it allows for insight on Instagram’s development from a competitive point of view.

 

Recently, Instagram also added in the ability to “like” comments on someone’s photos which was not previously available. With the importance of staying competitive in the social media game, these additions have really allowed Instagram to develop into an all-purpose platform rather than strictly having the app used for photo sharing. That being said, it will be interesting to see how it develops further in 2017.

Pokémon GO Goes Global

D: If you had told me in 2015 that a year later I’d be walking around downtown staring at my phone and catching Pokémon, I probably would have laughed in your face. To the world’s surprise, this is exactly what happened this past summer. The augmented reality mobile game Pokémon Go was an instant success from the day it was released on the app store. It became quite normal to walk outside and see groups of tweens, teens, adults, and even your grand parents walking around with their phones stuck to their faces in hopes of catching that evasive Pikachu. Because of the games early success, we saw quite the phenomenon with large corporations and small businesses getting involved.

Over the summer, retailers began to offer incentives such as discounts, free WI-FI, and phone charging stations for Pokémon Go players. Fast-forward to the end of 2016 and the game is certainly not as popular as it was in the summer. However, the brand is still trying to figure out new ways to keep the game alive! It will be interesting to see what they do in the new year.

 
R.I.P. Vine

King Bach, Vine star

M: While we did talk about this in one of our previous recaps, Vine’s disappearance from the social media world was a hot topic in 2016. In 2013, Vine was the most innovative, interesting, and entertaining platforms that I’ve ever witnessed. Users could record short video loops of anything they wanted. This turned into what I like to call “YouTube on crack”. Internet personalities like King Bach (pictured right), Jerome Jarre, and Brittany Furlan figured out how to use Vine for entertainment and used those as extensions to their also popular YouTube channels. For me personally, Vine was a lot of fun but I didn’t get on it until years after it was popular. However, 2016 claimed the six-second social media innovation for its own. With a lack of staying current, the development of Snapchat, and the success of Instagram, there was simply no room for Vine. This is the first time that I was there for the development of a social media platform as well as its end, so for me it came down to one thing: Vine’s lack of progress in recent years goes to show that staying competitive in any sphere of advertising and marketing is a key for success.

 

The Meme Takeover

D: Every year we have our fair share of memes and viral hits, but for 2016 there were two that stood out. Although completely separate on the surface, The Mannequin Challenge and Harambe had similarities. For starters, they were “brand-proof”. Unlike, the “Damn Daniel” meme that was easily attached to Vans shoes, The Mannequin Challenge and Harambe were both created organically and didn’t carry a brand attachment.

The Mannequin Challenge started in November in a High School classroom, and quickly turned into a video fad where groups of people would pose in a typically funny way as if they were mannequins. Simple, funny, and cooperative were the driving factors for this meme’s success.

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The Harambe meme was one of those things that came as a surprise to everyone. Harambe, the Cincinnati Zoo Gorilla that was shot and killed after a child fell in its enclosure became idolized in 2016. All sorts of merchandise, songs, videos, and candlelight vigils were done in the honour of this Gorilla.

What’s important for brand’s to realize is that they don’t have to be involved in every single thing that happens in 2016. If you have nothing innovative or relevant to contribute when the next big meme comes out, it’s best to just not participate. Leave it for the people to enjoy!

The MAD Mix Won Big!

D: As many of you may know, we took home the “Student Marketer of the Year” award at the CAMP Marketing Awards in November. This was a tremendous accomplishment for us as we’ve done our best to grow The MAD Mix to new heights this past year. What started as a blog that Malick and myself wrote for, quickly extended to a platform that has welcomed over 30 different guest writers across North America. In 2017, we hope to continue to explore new opportunities with The MAD Mix through the addition of new features, team members, and hopefully another shiny award. Check out some of our photos of the event below!

 

That’s our recap of 2016’s best. You can check out all of our previous weekly recap’s here. Think we missed something important? Let us know! Also, be sure to follow us on Facebook here. Happy New Year!

Malick Ba

The 2016 Election vs The Internet

November 8, 2016

This is it. Today is the day we find out who will be the 45th President of the United States. I’ve been following this election for quite some time and have written a few pieces on it thus far-so what better time to wrap up the trilogy than the night of the election? At this point in the game, your mind is probably made up. Clinton? Or Trump? Rather than focusing on the candidates themselves, lets take deeper diver into how the coverage of this election on the internet has made waves. With the adaption of quicker technology, social media, and trends lets take a final look at how this has gotten a larger conversation going about the Presidential race.

 

#ElectionFinalThoughts

There’s no question that with the amount of posts, tweets, and memes (especially), social media has had an enormous impact on this election. While admittedly, Twitter isn’t my go to social media platform, I think its capabilities in reaching a mass audience have proven very effective in this election period. The hashtag #ElectionFinalThoughts trending on Twitter,eleciton-tweet users are able to give their final weigh in on both candidates, their goals, and more with less than 24 hours to go. Users across multiple social media platforms have engaged with this hashtag-some for comedic purposes, some not.

 

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Attracting the young voter can be extremely difficult but I think that with the development of the internet and social media giants like Instagram has made it a lot easier for youth to engage in some kind of political messaging. If you’re on Instagram, memes have almost become a way of communication procmaxresdefault-2ess and are very effective in engaging users on any topic. With any huge event happening in pop culture, news, or sports, you can always expect a plethora of hilarious memes to follow. With an extensive amount of coverage online and offline about this election, memes have gotten social media users actually engaged with what’s going on in the U.S. While no, they aren’t novels or textbooks, but more importantly they allow some sort of shared commentary about the election among users on social media (most notably-young people).

 

Donald Trump’s Twitter Account:

Ohhhh boy. Now I don’t really want to focus too much on the candidates-rather the impact the internet has had over election coverage, but I could not leave this one off. Donald Trump’s twitter account (and public relations department) completely outside of politics is straight up just bad. Everything I’ve ever been taught about professionalism and presenting yourself accordingly goes against anything that Trump has ever tweeted. His tweets provide an almost comical commentary on really anything that might cross his mind. I think this election has really only solidified Trump’s irrationality and spontaneity online which in turn can be entertaining in the end.352f3d8800000578-3637755-image-m-30_1465752175782

There is no doubt that the internet and social media have developed exponentially since current President Barack Obama’s debut in 2008. There are good parts and bad parts to this. The bad being that it allows for misinterpretation of information. False information travels so quickly on the internet that simply doing a fact check could change your mind on any political candidate. The best part about the internet concerning this election is that it gives everyone a voice. The internet grants the average person to provide commentary and effective communication on this election through the use of blogging, memes, tweets, and more. For all of our American readers-you have a voice, let that be heard through an effective vote. Oh…and one more message before you hit the polls…

 

 

Malick Ba is an advertising and marketing specialist currently living in Toronto, Canada. His academic background includes a Bachelor’s of Arts in Communications with a minor in Sociology from the University of Ottawa. Currently, Malick works at an advertising agency in Toronto and is looking forward to how he can leave his mark upon the advertising and marketing world. Follow him on Instagram, and connect with him on LinkedIn.

Weekly Recap

Weekly Recap: Canada Day Edition

July 1, 2016

True North Strong and Free. Let us start this off by wishing all our readers a happy Canada Day! What better way to celebrate Canada than to showcase some of the best advertisements over the last year for this week’s special weekly recap.

Written by Malick, and Dakarai.

 

Interact: Pets With Credit

M:This interact commercial teaches us a lesson in the effects of credit card debt (and to use their product) but in a way that keeps people engaged: dogs.  “Pets With Credit” features a dog who has access to a credit card and seeks to buy all the things a dog would want,  but soon realizes that credit card debt is real. This mini dogumentary  (hah) was created by Toronto based creative agency Zulu Alpha Kilo a few months ago and definitely has to be one of my favourite Canadian advertisements this year.

The Canadian Safe School Network: Kids Read Mean Tweets

D:  This ad starts out as a “haha” video piggy backing off the famous Jimmy Kimmel series “___ read mean tweets”. However,  it quickly takes a turn on the dark side when you realize there is nothing to be laughing about. The ad does a great job with gradually getting more and more serious, as the audience begins to laugh less and less. What we’re witnessing is the cyber bullying that millions of kids in Canada and around the world have to face on a day-to-day basic, and that is the message of the video. The call to action at the end is for people to visit canadiansafeschools.com to learn more. Well done!

Canadian Marketing Association: I Am A Story Teller

M: This one I think all my advertising and marketing people can relate to.  This ad delivered by Saatchi & Saatchi Canada for the Canadian Marketing Association features a man in a creative agency working on something we’ve all done extensively: LinkedIn titles. The purpose behind the commercial is that it doesn’t really matter what you’re called, what your status is, what you want to be known as…it’s about knowing what you know and how you can show that. Sometimes you don’t have to be overly fancy with a title, as long as you know what you’re doing that’s all that matters. Very well put together Canadian advertising that I think everyone should see.

Always: #LikeAGirl

D: Feminine hygiene brand Always and Leo Burnett Toronto paired together for this masterpiece. I think what made this campaign so special was that it truly opened people’s eyes to the meaning behind the dialogue that most of us say. The video shows real people being asked to do things such as running like a girl, or fighting like a girl. Everyone essentially positions themselves as weaker and clumsier when told to do something “like a girl”. The difference was that when they asked young girls to do the same actions, they ran and fought like their life depended on it. The video asks the audience the question, “When did doing something ‘like a girl’, become an insult? This video was so well done that P&G bought a spot in the Superbowl for it, which is the first time they’ve done so for a feminine brand.

KFC: New Kid

M: Everyone knows that hockey and Canada are synonymous. This touching commercial brought to you by KFC showcases the story of a new  immigrant family moving into a new home. Moving isn’t easy, but adapting to new environments, cultures, and sports is definitely one of the hardest things to do. The beginning of the commercial features the child looking at kids across the street playing hockey, and while he seemingly does not understand it-he wishes to participate and join in on Canada’s most popular sport. Eventually the kid becomes integrated with the sport, and the community as a result.  Touching.

 

Ministry of Transportation: #putdownthephone

D: One thing that I learned throughout studying advertising in college was that good ads simply make you think, while a great ad makes you feel. This is exactly what the Ministry of Transportation and john st. put together for the #putdownthephone campaign. The ad features a :15 second spot, as well as a more detailed :60 second spot that acts as a continuation. I would like for everyone reading this to take the 15 seconds to watch the video, because it is very impactful. There are consequences for driving while distracted, and this campaign does a great job in detailing what could happen in a split-second.

 

 

These are some of our favourite Canadian ads of the year that we wanted to share for Canada Day! If there are any that you truly loved and wanted to share, feel free to leave us a comment below. Also, be sure to check out last week’s weekly recap, like us on Facebook here.

Weekly Recap

Weekly Recap (June 11 – June 17)

June 17, 2016

Want to stay up-to-date with the new trends, products, campaigns, announcements and more throughout this past week? Say no more, we got you covered with our first ever weekly recap.

Written by Malick, and Dakarai.

 

Microsoft Acquires LinkedIn

Earlier this week it was announced that Microsoft has acquired the professional network LinkedIn for a staggering $26.2 Billion. If you’re like me you had to read that number over, because it definitely doesn’t seem like LinkedIn is worth that much. Actually, with the deal being $196 per share, Microsoft is paying a 50% premium. They must have something truly special planned to integrate LinkedIn with their existing office platform. Let’s hope this erases the memory of  Microsoft buying Skype in 2011 for $8.5 Billion. Still waiting for that one to take off! Both Microsoft’s CEO and LinkedIn’s CEO discuss the deal in the video below, check it out.

 

Apple demo’s new features at WWDC

If you haven’t read my article about WWDC, I’ll give you sometime to do so and come back. Apple uses WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) every year to announce new changes to existing and completely new platforms/devices. Last year they announced Apple Music, and this year they announced 3x larger emoji’s. I’m sure you can tell what my feelings were towards this years event, but nonetheless a lot of new things will be touching Apple devices this fall. If you want to check out the full list of announcements, check out this article.

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This Company Will Give You a Free Bike If You Turn into an Ad

A London company by the name of Buzzbike is giving people free bikes, in exchange for them essentially being a cycling billboard for brands. They are trying to create a buzz for the brands they work with, with bikes..hence the name. There are a few restrictions to be able to have this free bike. One of them being that the user must commit to cycling a minimum of 12 days a month, and park their bike on the street for maximum exposure. It is still in its early stages, but if it ever comes to Toronto, there will definitely be a MAD Mix one!

 

McDonald’s Brings the Peace with Anti-Violence Ad

It’s no secret that an event such as the Euro Cup inspires a lot of passion in people and pride. With this comes aggression in some cases, and things have been getting quite ugly between fans. The most recent example being the clash between England and Russian fans. McDonald’s France saw the opportunity to promote non-violence, and getting along with the other nations in the Euro Cup. The ads pair together two countries into one to show unity and “Come As You Are”. Check out a few examples below!

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Anti-Racism Campaign Hits Toronto

The Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) and the City of Toronto partnered together to create an anti-racism campaign. This campaign comes as a response and in the wake of the backlash that Syrian refugees are still facing, since arriving in December. As well as the number of crimes against the Muslim community, earlier in the year. The campaign is intended to shine light on the ignorance behind various stereotypes. Check out an example of a bus shelter ad below.

Gatorade Releases New Olympic Spot

If you didn’t already know, the Olympics are amongst us, and they are kind of a big deal. Gatorade enlisted Usain Bolt, Serena Williams, and Paul George in their new ad “Never Lose the Love”. The ad shows a younger version of each athlete pushing and motivating them to reach their true potential. Whether it’s Serena not wanting to get out of bed for practice, or Paul George needing the motivation to hit his last set when working out. It’s a great spot that shows what Gatorade is all about. Check it out below.

 

These are some of the key moments we wanted to share with you so far from this week. Anything we missed? Let us know!