Drones And Bones: 5 Ads You Should Watch Right Now


A hungry dog licks faces, love goes bone deep and an agency drones on about drones.

Sound intriguing? Well, weary traveller, it’s only another week in AdLand.

Here’s the five best ads Unruly have been enjoying this week.



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General Election 2015: Conservatives Winning The Online Video Ad Race

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The UK’s next General Election is only a couple of  months away. With the voter registry closing in April and the televised debates expected to occur throughout that month, we’re about to enter the most frenzied period of the electoral calendar.

While our traditional media outlets typically become swamped with election coverage, Brits aren’t all that used to political advertising. Compared to our American cousins, whose bombastic electioneering shares ad blocks with soft drink commercials, the UK’s policies on political advertising on TV largely swaddles us from the major parties’ marketing budgets. But this is changing.

Earlier this month, the BBC asked if 2015 will be the UK’s first social media election. The question was prompted by the Conservatives’ confirmation that the party is spending an unspecified amount on highly-targeted targeted YouTube ‘attack’ ads, a trend that’s seen each party adding more videos to their social profiles by the day. After all, the same restrictions do not extend to online video.

With nearly 350,000 people actively ‘liking’ the Conservatives on Facebook and UKIP boasting 22,000 YouTube subscribers, political parties’ online profiles are becoming ever more hotly contested.

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Disney Stars And Tiny Cars: 6 Branded Vines You Should Watch Right Now

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Brands are quickly recognising the influence of video sharing platform Vine and going head to head to battle it out for the attention of its 40 million highly-engaged users.

With just 6 seconds to impress, creativity is key and we’ve rounded up this week’s 6 best branded Vines to show you how it’s done.

In this week’s round-up, we have chicken nuggets, spaceship shoes and barista phones.



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Live Long & Prosper! A Tribute To Leonard Nimoy


Star Trek fans around the globe last week mourned the death of Leonard Nimoy.

The American actor (as well as director, poet, photographer, sing/songwriter) – most famous for role as Spock in the popular sci-fi TV series and film franchise – passed away last Friday at the age of 83. He was buried on Sunday.

Recreating his role as recently as 2013 for the movie reboot Star Trek Into Darkness, there’s little doubt that Nimoy created one of the most popular and famous TV characters of all time.

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Programmatic Video #WotW: What Is An SSP?

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Programmatic video is the fastest-growing category of programmatic buying, but a lot of marketers are still struggling to get to grips with the basics.

A recent study by the Association of National Advertisers and Forrester showed only 23% of marketers said they understood programmatic and were using it to execute their campaigns. This is despite the fact that more than half of US publishers reported selling their premium video ad inventory programmatically in August 2014 (Adap.tv), while mega-brands like American Express and P&G vowed to shift the majority of their ad spend to programmatic by the end of 2014.

There’s clearly a knowledge gap between the programmatic front lines and everyday marketers, making 2015 a key year for programmatic education. As with any burgeoning new trend, one of the main causes of confusion is vocabulary.

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Most Shared Ads Of February 2015: Android’s Animal Magic

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The Super Bowl got the month off to a fist-pumping, Gatorade-guzzling start, but the real heroes this February were the cute and cuddly.

As if it’s any surprise, it transpires the internet loves a fluffy animal, an adorable kid or a heart-warming message, even when there’s sports or Oscar nominees to catch up with.

Rivalling Budweiser’s ‘Lost Dog’ for sweetness (and battering it for sheer animal count), second-placed Android’s ‘Friends Furever’ was the most-shared ad from February that didn’t play during the Super Bowl.

That’s an impressive feat considering ads are to the Super Bowl as designer dresses are to awards ceremonies.

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White and Gold Or Blue And Black?: Why #TheDress Went Viral And Divided The Internet

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If you are looking for a Friday night debate, just ask your friends and colleagues whether the dress pictured to the right is white and gold or blue and black?

Now, you may be scratching your head right now wondering why people are arguing over it. It’s clearly white and gold, right? Well, ask the person next to you and they could well swear blind it’s black and blue.

It’s a debate that has divided opinion across the internet over the past 24 hours. Taylor Swift has had her say, even the Kardashian-West household is at loggerheads over it, with Kim Kardashian tweeting: “What colour is that dress? I see white & gold. Kanye sees black and blue, who is colour blind?”.

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Red Carpets and Robots: 6 Branded Vines You Should Watch Right Now

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Vine recently reached its second birthday. The short-form video platform has enjoyed huge success in its relatively short life, with millions of Vines being posted every week.

However, it’s not always easy to find the most engaging branded content. So if you’re looking for top inspiration, you’re in safe hands here. In roughly 36 seconds, you’ll know which brands are doing Vine just right.

This week’s basket of short form delights features bad jokes, broken laptops and some movie magic.



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Best Picture, Best Trailer? What Trailer Sharing Reveals About Oscar Nominees


Love them or hate them, film trailers are difficult to avoid. Previously, if you wanted to skip the trailers before the movie, all you had to do was turn up to the cinema a little late.

Not so these days. With the proliferation of trailers across a variety of social media and online video platforms, studios (and fans, alike) can distribute film adverts directly to viewers in a manner that creates massive viral moments around these teasers. With research indicating that people who share movie-related content on social channels are 6x more likely to purchase a ticket, it’s clear why these short clips mean big business.

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