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It’s the Pepsi Challenge for advertising.

We created two ads for our intern position and ran them on both the Facebook ad platform and the 140 Proof network. The ads had the same copy and graphic, the same targeting, and the same landing page. Except for the different format requirements of the two platforms, the ads appeared identically to the end user.

We ran the ads for roughly the same number of impressions and compared the results.

Note: 140 Proof does not display an average CPC or CPM because 140 Proof charges a flat rate as opposed to an auction-based fee.

We encourage you to conduct your own test and compare.

August 3, 2010 - 4 years ago

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Peeps are going to engage something from their feed, it should be your brand.

I wrote a couple pieces recently for social media focused publications.  They ended up really long because, uh, they wanted it that way.  I said the same thing in 10 straight paragraphs.  Mark Twain rolled over in his grave. 

Now, here, in my own sandbox, let me be brief and to the point and not hide the self-promoting nature of this post in some sort of advertorial-cloaked hoo-hah.  The point is this: Users consume their Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Foursquare, etc. feeds – the “social stream”, looking to discover what is new, cool and interesting from the peeps with whom they are connected (aka their social graph).  The stream update is short, and links to deeper content.  People click/engage to that deeper content.

140 Proof matches social ads to users pinned above their feed.  The ads tease/promote compelling campaigns.  Peeps engage the ad.  The shot goes in, the crowd goes wild (I stole usage of that riff from JM3 ;-)  That is the power of context.  We deliver the right ad to the right audience at the right time (when they are primed to discover and share).  Not rocket science, just a better rocket. 

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June 20, 2011 - 3 years ago

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Gillette Scores a Home Run with Jeter’s “3,000th Hit” Social Display Campaign

Gilette - Jeter's 3000th Hit - 140 Proof

By Jon Elvekrog

How do you capitalize on one of the biggest live events in sports?  You harness the power of social display to spread your message across the social stream. 

P&G/Gillette’s long time spokesperson, Derek Jeter, attained one of baseball’s greatest accomplishments this month: 3,000 lifetime hits. To celebrate this historic milestone, Gillette devised a fantastic tribute to their spokesperson … allowing his fans to use Facebook and Twitter to put their message on a giant congratulations card on display in New York’s Grand Central Station. The Grand Central Station card would itself get a lot of foot traffic, but the Yankees and Jeter have a lot of fans across the country who also wanted to participate by digitally signing the card.

Leveraging Gillette’s considerable Facebook and Twitter presence was a great start to engage their existing followers and fans, but advertising is about engaging potential new customers, and that is where social display advertising steps in. Employing 140 Proof’s patented audience cluster matching system, Gillette was able to deliver their message about Jeter’s amazing milestone to millions of fans in the social stream … fans who are looking for the latest information in the perfect discovery platform … the real time stream.

Needless to say, the engagement was outstanding.  Fans were responding at a rate, orders of magnitude higher than typical digital media platforms.

If you want to find out more or to create your own real time phenomena, please give us a call or a tweet!

August 10, 2011 - 3 years ago

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Social Ad Innovation - Video Case Study

Static case studies are so last year. Check out 140 Proof’s newest success story in a great new video!

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140 Proof teamed up with a tech news team to build buzz around their latest announcement. What resulted from the campaign was engagement rates above and beyond their wildest expectations! Check out the video and contact us to find out how we can do the same thing for your brand.

October 10, 2011 - 2 years ago

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How limits can boost creativity in social steam advertising

Creativity with Constraints

“Designers and art directors often talk about how imposing limits on their work sets their creativity free. Confining yourself to just a few colors, working in a smaller space, or simply restricting the amount of materials available can often help a creative type achieve results they hadn’t thought possible before.

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October 20, 2011 - 2 years ago

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AMC Feasts on Fresh Social Strategy

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AMC Achieves Spine-Tingling Performance for Walking Dead Premiere

Walkers are back. The AMC zombie TV series “The Walking Dead” debuted its second season to critical and fan acclaim in October, ravaging basic cable records and biting off a third season commitment from AMC. TargetCast and 140 Proof partnered to promote the show in the social stream, achieving performance twice the network average.


140 Proof Engages Zombie-Focused Personas

AMC and its agency of record, TargetCast, sought to target the 18-34 demographic to grow awareness around the season premiere. 140 Proof took the plan a step further, adding interest-based targeting to reach AMC fans, zombie fans, and Halloween fanatics in the social stream. 

The campaign drove social stream users to watch a 30 second trailer for the premiere, and users on smartphones were treated to a fast, native video experience within their social apps.

"The Walking Dead" Breaks Broadcast Records

The season premiere of “The Walking Dead” drew 7.3 million viewers, breaking a basic cable record for the 18-49 demographic.

140 Proof and TargetCast have teamed up to promote three other winning dramas for AMC: Breaking Bad, The Killing, and the newly-launched Hell on Wheels. Since AMC began investing in original programming in 2006, net ad sales revenue has grown 76% and affiliate revenue has increased 49% (Adweek).

Read more about the social strategy for AMC shows on MediaPost »

December 9, 2011 - 2 years ago

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140 Proof’s Top 10 Social Ad Campaigns of 2011


Ten campaigns of 2011 raised the bar for social stream initiatives, by virtue of their unique adaptation to the social stream, specialized targeting, or creative approach. So study up on the cream of the crop, know what works, and prepare to innovate once again in 2012.

10. #GilletteJeterCard

Riding the fan response to an historic event

image For New York Yankees star Derek Jeter’s anticipated 3,000th hit, Gillette made a big social push to harvest the fan response. Across Twitter, social apps, and Facebook, Gillette collected well-wishes and congratulations from fans around the world. Thousands of fans participated and passed along the #GilletteJeterCard message, and after Jeter finally connected bat to ball for the 3,000th time, Gillette presented him with a huge greeting card and $50,000 for Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation.

9. Vitaminwater Color Collection

Crowdsourced design from social stream users

imageKickstarter, Etsy, and Threadless all broke out in 2011 by tapping into the hot trend of crowdsourced creative, which connects budding creative directors with eager markets halfway around the globe. Vitaminwater, a young brand pursuing a fashionable market, capitalized on the trend in an innovative way.

Vitaminwater invited young fashion designers from across the country to try for a chance at a jump start to their careers. Fashion designers were invited to submit a t-shirt design for Vitaminwater, for the chance to be sold alongside exclusive T-shirts designed by CFDA designers like Vena Cava and Rag & Bone. 140 Proof helped them reach Fashion Design Students and Shopping Influencers by targeting the followers of accounts like @CathyHorynNYT and @rag_bone.

8. Mercedes-Benz Tweet Rally

A social scavenger hunt

imageA contest campaign takes advantage of the inherent virality of Twitter and Facebook and accelerates buzz around a brand’s profile. Audience members can tweet a hashtag, retweet a message, or follow the brand to enter to win. It’s a surefire way to gain followers quickly.

Mercedes-Benz hosted their annual Tweet Rally for the 2011 US Open, an all-out push to attract tennis fans and luxury lovers (and showcase the new M Class in the meantime). Anyone who followed @MBUSA in the days leading up to the US Open could win tickets for the best seats at the tournament — delivered by Roger Federer. The Tweet Rally reached 1 million people across the social app ecosystem in the space of less than a week.

7. Sony Pictures Moneyball

A blockbuster movie launch driven by the social stream

imageMoneyball grossed a staggering $19.5 million its opening weekend and $104 worldwide so far, making it the #3 baseball movie of all time.

To wind up entertainment lovers, Sony Pictures and 140 Proof teamed up to reach Movie Fans, Connected Millennials, and Baseball Fans. Followers and friends of followers of accounts like @TMZ, @MLB, and @jimmyfallon saw the Moneyball message in their favorite social apps during the week-long run-up to the premiere.

6. UFC Personal Trainer Fitness Video Game Launch

Testable targeting and optimization

imageIn 2011, THQ launched UFC Personal Trainer, a fitness game for Ultimate Fighting Championship fans and fitness buffs. Taking a page from Wii Fit, the cross-platform UFC Personal Trainer coaches and conditions aspirational fighters at home.

140 Proof targeted 3 distinct personas with separate sets of creative: Male Fitness Fans, Female Fitness Fans, and UFC Fans by reaching followers of top UFC fighter @UrijahFaber and The Biggest Loser trainer @JillianMichaels. The surprising result? Female fitness fans responded more strongly to the campaign than any other targeted persona.

5. Microsoft Office 365 Launch

Bringing the cloud to the social stream

imageWhen Microsoft was ready to unleash its new cloud offering Office 365 on the world, they turned to influencers in the social stream. Microsoft used 140 Proof’s interest graph targeting to reach Small Business Owners and Technology Influencers, who follow accounts like @FedEx and @cdixon.

Cloud computing services is one of the fastest growing segments for 140 Proof, as businesses race to outsource their architecture. 2012 will see bigger initiatives from all players around increasing cloud services adoption.

4. Glee “Sing the USA” by Chevrolet

Leveraging the combined power of Gleeks nationwide

imageChevrolet went the extra mile in 2011 with nimble cross-media strategy, and to promote their new Cruze compact car, they went to bat with the fans of prime time TV hit Glee.

To support a TV collaboration that debuted at the Super Bowl, Chevrolet tapped the social stream to find the most fanatical Gleeks, who submitted their own versions of the classic Chevrolet song “See the USA.” 140 Proof helped Chevrolet target TV Fans and Glee Fans by reaching the audiences of accounts like @gleeonfox and @ConanOBrien.

3. Burger King Chicken Tenders

Connecting to busy moms via their smartphones

image2011 for Burger King was a momentous year: agency upheavals, new menu launches, and mascot regicide all contributed to a frenetic marketing calendar.

Burger King was re-launching its famous Chicken Tenders, and they needed to reach busy moms — the top US purchaser of crispy, tender, chicken tidbits (averaging 200 tenders and/or nuggets per mom).*

140 Proof helped reach the millions of U.S. Moms and Family Decision Makers on their smartphone by targeting the followers of the 100 best family influencers in social, such as @thepioneerwoman and @Oprah.

2. AMC: The Walking Dead

Biting off a fresh social strategy

imageThe AMC zombie TV series The Walking Dead debuted its second season to critical and fan acclaim in October, ravaging basic cable records and biting off a third season commitment from AMC. TargetCast and 140 Proof partnered to promote the show in the social stream, achieving performance twice the network average.

AMC and its agency of record, TargetCast, sought to target the 18-34 demographic to grow awareness around the season premiere. 140 Proof took the plan a step further, adding interest-based targeting to reach AMC fans, Zombie Thriller Fans, and Halloween Celebrants in the social stream by reaching the fans of accounts like zombie apocalypse blogger @manvszombies, @BreakingBad_AMC, and @DAVID_LYNCH. 

1. Victoria’s Secret Gorgeous: Fall TV Continuity

Syncing Fall TV buys with social

imageFall premiere week is a highly anticipated time for network TV, and likewise it’s an important time for advertisers. Victoria’s Secret was banking on the fall premieres of popular shows like Glee and Gossip Girl to find young, fashion-loving women to show its new Gorgeous fashion line.

To supplement the huge TV spend, Victoria’s Secret took advantage of social as a second screen and coordinated the social campaign timing with the TV spots, targeting fans of show-related accounts like Glee star @jennaushkowitz and Glee fan club @OMGlee_.

The social stream as second screen strategy delivered over 75,000 fans to Victoria’s Secret to check out the Gorgeous line.

Next: The Top Trends of 2012

2011 was a fantastic year for 140 Proof. We offer congratulations to all of our customers, and to everyone who’s pushing the envelope and innovating in the social stream. Look for most posts to come about the upcoming challenges and opportunities to innovate in 2012.

* Probably.

December 30, 2011 - 2 years ago

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140 Proof Customer Spotlight: Chevy Launches Smartphone and Tablet Super Bowl Apps

At 140 Proof, we’ve been working with Chevrolet on dozens of campaigns. For the 2011 Super Bowl, we were delighted to be part of Chevrolet’s success, and Chevrolet has even bigger ambitions for the 2012 game: mobile games.

Today, Chevrolet announced they’re releasing the Chevy Game Time app for smartphones and tablets, and the app hits Android and iOS app stores this Sunday. Chevy Game Time quizzes football fans about game broadcasts, teams, and in-game commercials for the chance to win one of thousands of prizes (including a free Chevy, of course).

For more info, watch the video on YouTube.

January 19, 2012 - 2 years ago

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