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From Lipstick Holders to Taylor Swift: What We Didn’t Expect On Our 2024 Marketing Bingo Card.

In the ever-evolving landscape of digital marketing, staying ahead of the curve is no easy feat. Trends come and go, consumer preferences shift, and innovative strategies constantly reshape the industry. Yet, amidst this whirlwind of change, there are always a few marketing moments that catch us completely off guard. As we navigate through 2024, let’s delve deeper into some of the unexpected twists and turns that have defined this year’s marketing landscape.

The Rhode Lipgloss Holder:

One of the most surprising hits of 2024 has been the Rhode iPhone case, featuring an integrated lipgloss holder. Who would have thought that a smartphone accessory could become a beauty essential? Yet, thanks to the power of social media and celebrity endorsement, the Rhode case has become a sensation, with images of influencers and celebrities like Hailey Bieber flaunting the product. This fusion of technology and beauty underscores the importance of innovation and unexpected partnerships in capturing consumer attention and driving sales.

Source: Rhode Beauty

Taylor Swift and The NFL:

While some marketing moments catch us completely off guard, others feel almost inevitable. Take, for example, the unexpected partnership between Taylor Swift and the National Football League (NFL). While the pairing may have seemed unlikely at first glance, it’s a match made in marketing heaven. With Swift’s massive fan base and the NFL’s unparalleled reach, their collaboration has been nothing short of a marketing juggernaut. From electrifying halftime performances to exclusive merchandise collaborations, Swift and the NFL have captured the hearts of fans worldwide, demonstrating the power of strategic partnerships in driving engagement and revenue.

Source: EPA

Heinz Ketchup And Their Insurance

Just when you thought you’d seen it all, along comes Heinz with ketchup insurance. Yes, you read that right. In a surprising move, Heinz has partnered with MyBenefits to offer insurance coverage for ketchup-related mishaps in the UAE. From spills to splatters, this insurance policy promises to reimburse customers for a range of ketchup catastrophes, with 57 different claims tailored specifically for such incidents. While the concept may seem whimsical at first glance, it’s a testament to Heinz’s commitment to innovation and customer satisfaction. By offering unique solutions to everyday problems, Heinz is not only standing out in a crowded market but also creating a buzzworthy campaign that sparks conversation and drives brand engagement.

Source: Heinz

Stella Artois x David Beckham

Stella Artois enlisted David Beckham as their Global Brand Ambassador for Stella Artois ‘Taste Worth More Campaign’. This digital and out-of-home advertising in the States, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, South Korea and South Africa. The partnership also feeds into AB InBev’s global megabrand strategy and mega-platform approach, driving growth and brand love by ‘developing meaningful consumer connections through rich occasions’. David Beckham is the perfect ambassador because of his love and enthusiasm for beer – and specifically for Stella.

Source: Stella Artois

The marketing landscape is a dynamic and ever-evolving ecosystem, where creativity, innovation, and unpredictability reign supreme. As we reflect on the unexpected twists and turns of 2024, one thing becomes clear: the only constant in marketing is change. Whether it’s surprising product integrations, unlikely collaborations, or quirky campaigns, marketers must continually adapt and evolve to stay ahead of the curve. As we look ahead to the remainder of the year, one thing’s for certain: the world of marketing will continue to surprise and delight us with its endless possibilities.  If you need more guidance, feel free to download our free branding worksheet, read our blog for more inspiration, or contact us for a consultation.

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