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Everybody wants that coveted blue tick on their profile and we know you do too - no need to be modest 😉. Whilst they aren’t a direct endorsement from Facebook, they do signal notable and authentic accounts to the everyday user. This can obviously be incredibly useful when you become the victim of fake account impersonations or if you need to gain the trust of the masses. But like anything useful, they aren’t always easy to come by (in fact, the process can be quite the opposite). But fear not - because, here at Spin, we will guide you through every step of the process.

Firstly, it's really important to know that Facebook requires the following criteria to be met:

- You must be a real person or a registered business (easy, right?)

- The account must be the singular presence of what you are representing (except for multiple language needs for global accounts).

- The account must be public and have an about section, bio and profile picture (we can help you make a cracking profile).

- The account must have at least one post (make sure to make it a good one).

- It must represent a highly known brand or person (a tad tricky for newbies).

Secondly, Facebook verifies accounts that have been featured in multiple news sources. It's important to know that they don't consider promotional content to be part of this. This news source scan has recently been expanded to include more Black, LGBTQ+ and Latinx sources (wooo!). You can add up to five articles in your application to give Facebook as much context as possible. Don't be shy, it's your chance to show off all your good work.

After submitting, the process also involves Facebook examining your brand's “cultural impact” - pretty vague. Luckily, Facebook gives us some indication of what they search for through the following two prompts: has the account holder gone viral lately? Is the account holder creating a buzz in their community?

And then you wait. Sometimes for quite a while.

Something to bear in mind is that once you (hopefully) receive your blue tick, Facebook recommends creating a two-factor authentication as your account may become the victim of hackers trying to sell your prized possession. Don't let this happen after all your hard work.

If your account doesn't (currently) manage to meet the rigid criteria - don't fret! There are many other ways to let people know your account is authentic. That's exactly what we are experts at. Here are two quick tips:

- Always make sure to link your social accounts from your official website - and other social profiles (like Twitter/Linkedin). Make your own little verified ecosystem - who needs a blue tick anyway?

- Make sure your account produces quality, and meaningful, content. Show a little behind the scenes, create a Q&A with the founder and make the best looking feed the world has ever seen!

A big ask we know - but you can always keep your eyes peeled on our own Instagram for even more expert tips on how to do this. See what we did there? This account is authentic (this one… not so much). Happy Verifying!

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Spin Wins Global Social Media Award!

We're thrilled to announce that Spin has won the Best Charity/Non-Profit Campaign award at this year's Global Social Media Awards for work with UICC.

Our campaign was celebrated for its innovative use of video strategy, which the judges described as "exceptionally clever." By integrating creativity uniquely and effectively, we crafted a campaign that not only captivated audiences but also drove substantial engagement and support for a vital cause. The judges were particularly impressed by our approach to the brief, highlighting our "strong creative idea and insightful execution."

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.

Thank you to the Global Social Media Awards for this incredible honour and to everyone who continues to support our journey. Here's to more creativity, more impact, and more wins in the future!

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‍How Our April Fool’s Prank Went Viral

April Fools is that time of year when brands get to have a little fun, and social-first fun is definitely our sweet spot.

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.

The key to any successful, humour-led marketing campaign is getting the tone right and capturing the mood of the audience. So how do you create a campaign that builds momentum and gets your brand noticed?

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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Cannes Lions: Fresh Takes from a Young Jury Member (and What They Mean for Your Brand)

Every year, the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity brings together the brightest minds in advertising. This year, I had the incredible opportunity to be part of that energy, reviewing over 50 entries from the UK Young Lions.

As a judge, it was inspiring to see the next generation of creative firepower. But it wasn't just about spotting the "next big thing." The insights gleaned from these entries hold valuable lessons for established agencies and brands alike. Here's what stood out:

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:
The true magic happens when exceptional copywriting meets eye-catching visuals.  Brands that can foster strong collaboration between their creative teams will be the ones that stand out.

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.

What does this mean for your brand?
The insights from the Young Lions competition offer valuable takeaways for established brands:

  • Embrace fresh perspectives: Don't be afraid to tap into the creativity of your younger team members or partner with agencies that encourage out-of-the-box thinking.
  • 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.
  • Seek out unique solutions: Challenge the status quo and don't be afraid to take risks. Stand out from the crowd with truly remarkable campaigns.
  • Foster collaboration: The best creative results come from strong partnerships between copywriters, designers, and brand strategists.

By embracing these lessons, you can unlock the full potential of your brand's creative spirit and achieve Cannes-worthy results, even without entering the competition.

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