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Social media isn’t rocket science, sure. But maybe it’s more attune to biology? I don’t know, I wasn’t great at science. Let’s take some time to dissect some examples of extremely good Instagram copywriting. Don’t worry, there will be no gore here.

Obviously, it’s ⚫️ ⚪️ ⚪️ ⚫️ (Just Saying)

An emoji says a 1️⃣0️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ words – seriously. What makes Oreos’ copy so good is the clear lack of text. For too long emojis have been used as secondary accessories to basic word-based copy. Fine, this works – but it’s a tad boring now.

When writing copy you should always try to work out how you can push emojis to the edge and do something fun or innovative. Oreo has done this incredibly successfully by returning to emojis as a simple and pictorial form. They obviously haven’t completely reinvented the wheel and this certainly isn’t anything new, these types of symbols have been used throughout the entirety of history – think hieroglyphics, but Oreo? But, what it does show is that next time you use emojis within your copy, have a bit more of a play and see what images and stories you can make with them. They are useful tools.

This clever use of emojis is also incredibly successful because the caption becomes a clear extension of the asset. It mirrors the simple and visual form and invites a conversation cleverly and succinctly (without needing to appear beggy). If you scroll down the comments on this post, users are playing around with emojis in response (it’s fun!) – from football emojis to zebra emojis. Oreo have used the copy to cultivate an interactive space within the post, an emoji playground, and the audience has responded incredibly well.

Human/Brand Hybrid

What makes this Karma Drinks copy so great is its simple and clear mix of being distinctly human, but also very clearly a successful brand.

It starts with engaging human content – with a witty line and then an (unpopular?) opinion. It invites human reaction and human discussion – echoing exactly what could potentially be on a personal account. In a social media landscape where authenticity is craved by so many – the first half of the copy does a great job at cultivating very human interaction.

The second half of the caption has a clear and blunt call to action (with an added emoji to visually direct the viewer 👆). People following these accounts are under no illusions that you are a brand – so don’t insult their intelligence. There is often no need to beat around the bush. What this Karma Drinks caption does so well is they clearly put their human hat on first, and then their brand hat. In the everlasting hunt for online authenticity – this copy stands out but is still very effective.

Within this copy, there are two calls to action, though. There is the very obvious one (👆) – but, also, the more human first half is subtly inviting conversation and comments about all things seasonal. What makes great captions is not only words that sound nice together, or feel witty; but, a great copywriter should always be ‘one step ahead’ – thinking about each word’s purpose and what it might lead the reader to do. Be very subtly provocative (obviously, dont create a PR disaster).

It’s also a great example of how copy can add much-needed context to a seemingly simple image. By using the ‘hot topic’ of the incredibly popular PSL, the asset is dragged from being a pretty photo into a relevant and engaging piece. The adding of context is a prime affordance of copy – so utilise it!

Break that Fourth Wall!

If you have ever had the pleasure of scrolling down Innocents Instagram – you will see a feed crammed with humility, sarcasm and self-deprecation (sounds like my Thursday). With a move to a more ‘authentic’ social media – Innocent have captured the Gen Z-led tones and aesthetics that are extremely popular right now. The breaking of the fourth wall is also quite a trendy thing to do – being comical and open about the constant hunt (burden) for content or the daily struggles of a social media manager is a great and humorous way to engage your audience. Breaking the fourth wall shows real humans run Innocents Instagram (instead of cold corporate overlords).

If anything though, this shows how important copy is in elevating an asset. Without context this could have been a huge flop – but the use of a simple and funny script format heavily improves the asset. Always use copy to work with an asset and add context. The script format is a simple but effective way to ensure the copy is filled with narrative – and, not to sound like an English GCSE teacher, has a solid beginning, middle and end structure.

We can’t lie though, we’d love to work with a client with a budget for fire breathers – let us know.


1. Be more creative with emojis!

2. Get that Human/Brand hybrid just right.

3. Always use copy to add context.

4. Ironic humour is hot right now. Don’t be scared, roast yourself.

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One of the key challenges we faced was operating within strict budget constraints. However, this limitation only fuelled our creativity, pushing us to think outside the box and maximise every resource at our disposal. The result was a campaign that not only achieved its goals but did so with flair and efficiency, proving that creativity thrives under pressure.

Max Whicher and Alex Bodini, co-founders of Spin, shared their excitement about the win: "We are immensely proud of our team for their hard work and creativity. This award reflects our commitment to supporting charitable causes through powerful social media storytelling. It's a privilege to see our efforts recognised on such a prestigious platform."

This victory at the Global Social Media Awards is not just a win for Spin but a win for creativity and social good. We look forward to continuing to break barriers and create impactful campaigns that resonate widely and deeply.

To learn more about our award-winning approach and how we can help your organisation make a significant impact, please get in touch with us below.

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This year we were incredibly proud to have had three of our client’s April Fools campaigns recognised as some of the best in 2024. Our Marmite x Ann Summers collab was crowned 'Top April Fool's Prank of 2024' and our work with Princes and Napolina were also featured in The Grocer's 'Best Foodie Pranks' list.

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When ideating across our clients, we ask ourselves a few key questions to spark those big ideas:

What are the biggest consumer trends right now?
The biggest trends often have the most impact because of that magic word: relevance. Think Pet Subscription Boxes from Gusto or CBD Hash Browns from Iceland.

What's too good to be true—the things your consumers dream of becoming a reality?

The cookie dough paint from Dulux sounds like something we'd love on our walls!

What's awkwardly close to possibility but, at the same time, downright mental?

Think Guinness Cologne or The Sainsbury’s Double Decker Trolley (though we're less sure about its practicality here!)

What's the most weird and wonderful collaboration we could possibly think of to stun your community?
AldiAir was one to remember!

After doing some blue-sky thinking, you want to focus on relevance. Is the idea relevant to your audience and is it aligned with your brand strategy? If the answer is yes, you might have your winning idea!

To get your creative juices flowing, here’s some insight into what Spin did this April Fool’s:

Our Ann Summers Marmite collaboration made no sense but was the epic result of two glorious British brands partnering together. It was a truly weird and wonderful collaboration that got our communities buzzing—and believe it or not, it fit our "too good to be true" category too, with our followers dying to try this unique lube concoction! (For better or worse!)

For Princes and their tuna drink, we tapped into trends of 'nutrition' and the recent broth phenomenon, we thought our audience would LOVE a tuna drink packed with protein and the good stuff! Filming it in that classic American infomercial style, we thought we could highlight just how great this drink is. Although people seemed more interested in a sunflower tuna drink 👀.

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The Power of Fresh Perspectives:
Big agencies are known for their frameworks and processes. While these ensure consistency, some entries felt a bit…uninspired.  In contrast, the most exciting ideas often came from the most junior creatives. This is a powerful reminder that fresh perspectives can breathe new life into established brands.

Brand Brilliance:
The talent on the brand side was phenomenal.  It made me wonder: are these brilliant minds being fully utilised in-house?  There's a goldmine of creativity waiting to be tapped into.  Agencies and brands should work together to create an environment where brand voices can truly shine.

The Extra Mile Makes the Difference:
The entries that went the extra mile truly shined. This isn't about bells and whistles, but about a genuine commitment to the idea. Don't be afraid to push the boundaries and invest the time and energy to bring your vision to life. It shows.

Standing Out from the Crowd:
Unique ideas are rare gems. There were a few entries with near-identical concepts.  Breakthrough creativity requires taking risks and challenging the status quo. Don't settle for "good enough."  Strive to be truly remarkable.

Less is More:
Killer presentations are clear and concise.  Ditch the word clutter and focus on crafting a compelling narrative that showcases your idea's potential.

The Dream Team:
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The Future is Bright:
Being a Cannes Lions judge was a humbling experience.  The talent pool is overflowing with potential.  It's an exciting time for the advertising industry, and I can't wait to connect with these Young Lions in June with the Spin team.

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The insights from the Young Lions competition offer valuable takeaways for established brands:

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  • Empower your brand team: Your brand ambassadors have a deep understanding of your audience and a unique voice. Give them the space to contribute meaningfully to your marketing strategy.
  • Invest in your ideas: Don't settle for mediocre. Give your team the resources and support they need to bring their big ideas to life.
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