Hotels.com’s Captain Obvious Is Campaigning to Guest Host HQ Trivia

Captain Obvious is ready for his close-up. One question at a time, though. Hotels.com and agency CP+B’s latest fun digital stunt for the brand’s goofy character features Captain Obvious gunning to become the newest host of HQ Trivia. HQ rose to prominence over the last few months, drawing millions of people twice a day for…

Mobile Shopping Is on the Rise, But Remains Split Between the Mobile Web and Apps

Mobile’s influence on shopping behavior has been on the rise since the advent of the smartphone, but recent data indicates consumers are becoming more comfortable finalizing transactions on their phones. In fact, Forrester’s 2018 Retail Best Practices: Mobile Web study found smartphones will be used in over one-third–or more than $1 trillion–of total U.S. retail…

Businesses Can Now Respond to Twitter DMs 5 Times Within 24 Hours

Twitter announced a new feature aimed at ensuring that businesses can respond to direct messages during periods of high volume. Developer advocate Jon Cipriano introduced adaptive rate limits in a blog post, saying that the feature allows accounts to send up to five DMs via the Twitter application-programming interface over a 24-hour period in response…

A Major Bank and 3 Car Rental Companies Cut Ties With the NRA

In the aftermath of last week’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., dozens of groups and organizations have stood up against the National Rifle Association, calling on Congress to enact stricter gun control laws in the United States. Now, major companies are cutting ties with the association, including the First…

New Agency Consultancy Promises to Feature Real Moms in Ads

Mom is non-threatening. She wears a cardigan, she’s rarely seen outside the home and she adores her family. She’s not a unique individual with her own will and wishes at all–just a prim, proper, wholesome mother. We’ve all seen that narrative portrayed in 1950s-era consumer products ads from the likes of Tide, Coca-Cola and, of…

Comcast Spliced Footage of Jessie Diggins’ Historic Gold Medal Win Into Its Epic Same-Day Olympics Spot

Jessie Diggins made history in Pyeongchang earlier this week when she, along with team sprint freestyle partner Kikkan Randall, won the first Olympic gold medal for the U.S. in cross-country skiing. Diggins’ come-from-behind win inspired some truly epic announcing and also led to her selection as the U.S. flag bearer for Sunday’s closing ceremony. Fans…

How Samsung, NBC and More Are Bringing the Olympics to Life in Virtual Reality

While virtual reality is still fairly new in terms of overall adoption–with just a few million people buying headsets in 2017–several companies in both the hardware and content sectors have made 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, a platform to show how the technology is evolving. Leading up to the opening ceremony, Jaunt VR…

This Search Consultancy Is Helping Innovators Like Microsoft Stay Ahead of the Game

You may wonder, how is it that innovative brands like Microsoft, Netflix, HBO and GE stay ahead of the competition? A lot surely goes into answering that question, but search consultancy VentureFuel claims to be a small sliver in the pie. Launched four years ago, VentureFuel actively vets hundreds of global startups daily and then…

KFC Responds to U.K. Chicken Shortage Scandal With a Timely ‘FCK, We’re Sorry’

KFC went through a highly publicized, somewhat bizarre crisis in the U.K. this week: The fast food joint known for its fried chicken ran out of chicken. Now, KFC is apologizing with a creative stunt: rearranging its name to spell “FCK.” The shortage stemmed from “operational issues” with new delivery provider DHL, forcing most of…

Kyogre, Groudon Returned to Pokemon Go for Its Legendary Week Event

Niantic launched a Legendary Week event in Pokemon Go, allowing players to battle and capture three Legendary Pokemon in Raid Battles from now until March 5. The event will give players the chance to battle returning Legendary Pokemon Kyogre and Groudon, as well as Rayquaza, which joined the game in early February. When the event…