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This Week in Native Ads 12/19

Thanks so much for subscribing, we hope you’ve had a great 2014 and look forward to 2015. -Ben & team   Campaign of the Week: 10 Emoji Greeting Cards That Will Get You Through The Holidays Everything can be said better with emojis. Why we like it: AT&T is a social brand, bringing that through to Christmas Cards is a great idea, simple nice execution and timely. Source: Buzz Feed… Continue reading

Ben Young
Ben Young
December 18, 2014

This Week in Native Ads 12/11

  Campaign of the Week: A Child’s Life After Human Trafficking When I think about what ’home’ means to me, I think about David. Upon arriving at one of our SOS Children’s Villages in Nicaragua, I saw 15-year-old David sitting nervously at a table by himself. This was an unusual sight for me. On each of my trips to our villages, I had been greeted with big hugs, laughter and a myriad of questions from the children and… Continue reading

Ben Young
Ben Young
December 11, 2014

This Week in Native Ads 12/05

  Campaign of the Week: Land Rover – The Vanishing Game With unknown pursuers hot on his trail, Alec Dunbar prepares for a night in the wilderness. Armed with knowledge he gleaned from his experience prepping for the epic war film Exit Wound, Alec procures vital supplies from the local outfitter — clothing perfect for weathering the unforgiving Scottish moors. Why we like it: Campaign built on Tumblr, utilizing various… Continue reading

Ben Young
Ben Young
December 4, 2014

This Week in Native Ads 11/21

  Campaign of the Week: Cities Energized  Cities are a fundamental part of modern life, yet for most of human life they have been the exception. Our ancestors lived almost entirely in rural areas, on farms or in small towns. But about two centuries ago, people began to migrate from field to factory and urbanization began. That movement has steadily gathered speed until, sometime around 2007, the balance tipped. Now, for the first time in human history,… Continue reading

Ben Young
Ben Young
November 20, 2014

This Week in Native Ads 11/14

  Campaign of the Week: Global Technology Adoption Index: A Reality Check from the Mid-Market When it comes to tech trends, multi-billion-dollar enterprises dominate the discussion, while midsize companies often go overlooked. Dell is seeking to fill this information gap with its inaugural Global Technology Adoption Index. Source: New York Times Why we like it: Dell returns to the Times for a follow up to their inaugural execution back in January.  … Continue reading

Ben Young
Ben Young
November 13, 2014

This Week in Native Ads 11/07

  Campaign of the Week: 36 Hours and Google Maps Plan your next adventure with Google.  
Google brings you an app inside the New York Times, to showcase Google Maps as a travel planning tool.  How would you spend 36 Hours in Chicago? Source: New York Times Why we like it: Another high production values execution by the Times, whilst the app could do with a bit of usability work, it’s interesting… Continue reading

Ben Young
Ben Young
November 6, 2014

This week in Native Ads 10/30

  Campaign of the Week: Flavoured Trend, New Flavors Every whisky has its own flavour profile. Most Canadian whisky tastes of honey, maple and toffee. Flavoured whisky takes one of these notes and intensifies it. “That’s why it works so well,” says Don Livermore, master blender at Wiser’s. “It still tastes like whisky, but with a more pronounced flavour.” Here, Livermore explains the flavoured-whisky trend.  It tastes like whisky, but with one flavour in the forefront. “When you… Continue reading

Ben Young
Ben Young
October 30, 2014

This week in Native Ads 10/24

  Campaign of the Week: Death of the Wallet? Apple’s foray into contactless payments has put “mobile payments” on everyone’s lips, even though the industry has been growing steadily over the past few years. Purchases made using a smartphone or tablet rose 48% year-over-year to $8 billion during the second quarter of 2014. That growth is 3x that of desktop ecommerce, and it’s the swiftest increase in mobile spending since Q1 of 2012. By 2020, mobile… Continue reading

Ben Young
Ben Young
October 23, 2014

This Week in Native Ads 10/17

  Campaign of the Week: Art of the Thrill We remember the thrills. The moments that make our hearts beat faster and adrenaline run: the first kisses and game-winning home runs, the mountaintops and graduations. But they’re fleeting. They happen, and then they’re gone. In these digital days, though, it’s becoming clear those high points don’t just leave an impression in our memories—they ripple throughout our bodies too. Our lungs and hearts no longer only serve… Continue reading

Ben Young
Ben Young
October 16, 2014

This Week in Native Ads 10/10

  Campaign of the Week: How Apps Might Change Your Swing In October of 1984, the historically great 104-game winning Detroit Tigers took on the San Diego Padres and their historically dreadful brown and orange uniforms in the World Series. It was a brutal mismatch that the Tigers exploited as ace Jack Morris pitched two complete games and star outfielder Kirk Gibson pounded two home runs for five RBIs in the decisive Game 5. If… Continue reading

Ben Young
Ben Young
October 9, 2014