We Are Social’s Tuesday Tune-Up #197

Krispy Kreme Virtual Lickable Donuts

In a move to promote its new Decadent Dessert treats – New York Cheesecake, Black Forest, Lemon Meringue, and Tiramisu, hungry smartphone owners can now try them out virtually.

Krispy Kreme has announced a virtual “lickable” donut. In the new ads smartphone users can virtually lick off the topping. Users will race against the clock to gain the fastest lick time and will be able to challenge their friends by sharing their times via social media. While not encouraging people to actually lick their phones it has added a fun interactive aspect to engage its fans.


Unruly Releases Video Viral Tool

Video tech company Unruly has launched a tool, which uses an algorithm to predict the potential for videos to go viral. Based on the emotional, social and behaviour aspects that they will appeal to, advertisers will then be able to predict the success of their content.

Unruly launched in January 2013 for the US and UK markets and have now unveiled the tailored Australian version with a specialised algorithm that was complied through the analysis of 2 trillion video views and more than 395,000 consumer data points.

According to Unruly, Australians are the fastest at sharing viral videos with 21% of total shares happening within the first 24 hours compared to the global average of 13%. In measuring emotional triggers for sharing videos, they also found that happiness is the main reason that Australians share videos followed by inspiration and warmth.

Facebook changes its algorithm to make videos more relevant

Facebook has updated its News Feed algorithm to take into account when somebody expands a video to full screen, unmutes one or opts to watch one in HD. Facebook will show users more videos similar to those they interact with in any of these ways, while the platform will use the interactions to judge which videos should appear higher in other News Feeds. It’s the latest move in an ongoing battle for views between Facebook and other video services, primarily YouTube, and one puts Facebook’s data capabilities to good use.

Facebook to share ad revenue with video creators

It’s been a big week for Facebook’s video war with YouTube. As well as the above algorithm changes, Facebook has announced plans to start sharing ad revenue with video creators at the same rate YouTube already does: 55% goes to the creator. This will happen through its new ‘Suggested Videos’ product, in which ads are played between videos – the revenue from these is then split between all videos played in one session.

The system is being launched with a set of premium content partners, including the NBA, Fox Sports and Funny or Die; Adweek published an interview with the latter’s Vice President of Marketing, Patrick Starzan, which you can read in full here. In it, he discusses Funny or Die’s motivation to increase video views and how creators will change videos to fit the new product.

Facebook tests ‘cost-per-view’ video ad option

More Facebook video news! The network is testing an option for video advertisers to pay only once their ad has been viewed for at least 10 seconds, on a ‘cost-per-view’ basis. It’s aimed at preventing advertisers from feeling short changed, if their ads are technically being ‘viewed’ every time a user scrolls past them.

Twitter adds Personas for ad targeting

Twitter has introduced a set of ‘Personas’, which basically amount to a set of audiences for advertisers to target easily, based on similar attributes. Available personas include millenials, professionals and business decision-makers, of which I would proudly consider myself all three, though others may argue that I am none.


You can now open snaps with a single tap

The most recent Snapchat update for Android and iPhone will give users’ laboured fingers a rest. You’re no longer required to hold your finger down to view snaps and stories, because, as Snapchat CEO Even Spiegel puts it, “It’s just kind of annoying to hold your finger down for so long.” Other minor improvement include the ability add new friends in your vicinity and customise your Skype QR code.

Brands and the Women’s World Cup final

It’s no surprise that the most popular FIFA Women’s World Cup of all time proved a huge marketing opportunity. When USA beat Germany in last week’s semi-final, they received support from a variety of brands. They’ve since gone on to win the final, so clearly it did the trick.



Sprint and T-Mobile CEOs have Twitter spat What’s worse than when two brands have awkward interaction on Twitter? When two company CEOs do it. Marcelo Claure of Sprint and John Legere of T-Mobile, to the naughty step with you both. Never say ‘u mad bro?’ again.