23 nimble examples of agile marketing from ecommerce brands

For these of you who have been following the saga of #GiveGregTheHoliday final week, you’ll be properly conscious of the facility of agile marketing, Twitter and free holidays to Las Vegas.

The brands that leapt on the hashtag swiftly and with probably the most relevance, loved an enormous improve in promotion, model consciousness and a constructive upswing in notion.

TrekAmerica would see its present of a vacation to Vegas coated in all places from BBC News, Mail Online, Buzzfeed to NPR, full with embedded hyperlink to its Twitter web page.

The preliminary tweet was retweeted 245 occasions and TrekAmerica picked up roughly 600 followers over the subsequent few days.

The brands that responded in a lower than related method… properly… they only seemed a bit crass.

Social media is the agile marketer’s dream. A actual-time enjoying subject full of digital savvy customers able to touch upon and share any notably revolutionary, intelligent, entertaining or consideration grabbing piece of content material.

In order to capitalise on a development, a hashtag or another newsworthy occasion at a second’s discover, brands want a marketing staff capable of reply shortly, creatively and with senior help capable of signal-off concepts shortly.

As against the values of content material marketing, agile content material creation doesn’t have to be a completely researched, minutely deliberate narratively pushed HD YouTube add.

It issues little whether or not content material is branded or not, whether or not that content material is from a serious company or a begin-up from down the street, all that issues is the standard of the message being delivered.

Agile marketing can merely be nicely-Photoshopped, amusing picture in response to a development or, as in #GiveTheGregTheHoliday, a really nicely timed giveaway.

It issues little whether or not content material is branded or not, whether or not that content material is from a serious company or a begin-up from down the street, all that issues is the standard of the message being delivered. Ecommerce brands are in an amazing place to realize comparable outcomes as TrekAmerica loved above.

Chris Lake coated 26 excellent examples of agile marketing in motion final yr, listed here are another sensible examples of agile marketing with a specific concentrate on ecommerce.


Normcore describes a method of put on that’s principally non-descriptive, or ‘dad-model non-fashion’ as a NYMag piece lately described it. It’s a misappropriated time period that was initially meant for basic cultural conformity, quite than a style development, however nonetheless that’s the way it’s being popularised.

Here’s Gap’s response to the NYMag article.

As far as style actions go, it’s nothing rather more than the core vary that ever style retailer shares all yr lengthy, subsequently brands like TopShop, American Apparel and ASOS don’t actually should do a lot to capitalise on it.

Alex and Alexa

As Ben Davis reported in his agile newsjacking piece the youngsters's attire site generally known as 'the NET-A-PORTER for underneath 14s' does some good news-jacking.

This one was in all probability able to go months forward of the delivery, as was I’d think about a princess model, however right here’s a easy promotion used across the delivery of Prince George that isn’t too craven.

New York Sports Club

The New York based mostly fitness center chain took out these well timed newspaper adverts... Take that Kim and Kanye!

And solely barely extra terrifyingly… Take that, Kim Jong-un!


The crowd-sourcing t-shirt firm showcased its new customized print software by making tees based mostly on humorous tweets from celebrities and tweeting the product again on the superstar.


No strangers to hijacking current information tales which have a very ‘optically challenged’ slant, right here’s the opticians response to the French rail snafu final week…


The American reductions site uploaded these sensible Super Bowl parodies to Vine in the course of the huge recreation, every one responding to a second because it occurred.

That’s the sweetness of sock puppets I suppose.


Pizza Express

One of many brands to capitalise on the current tube strikes, right here’s a canny bit of agile e-mail marketing.

Adidas UK

Here is the ever agile Adidas’s tube strike effort.

Although many of Adidas’ tweets do smack of being deliberate nicely forward of time, this simply exhibits how essential it's to have an accessible and detailed calendar of related occasions.

Virgin Holidays

Minutes after similar intercourse marriage was legalised within the UK, Virgin Holidays tweeted this picture and achieved an unimaginable 25% engagement price throughout Twitter and Facebook.

Also in help of homosexual marriage and publishing well timed promoting have been…

Absolut Vodka

With this delicate and model related advert.


Ben & Jerry’s

With a completely new restricted version product.

DiGiorno Pizza

The US pizza firm frequently posts hilarious and barely off-kilter tweets. It’s main power is in choosing particular occasions to stay-tweet with equal elements allure and snark.

It’s additionally splendidly adept at responding to even probably the most weird and accusatory tweets.


Obviously this one took much more planning than most agile efforts, however this transformation of a 5-yr-previous’s bed room right into a Star Wars LEGO Ewok village was completely timed for May the fourth (unofficial Star Wars day).



This one’s only a bit bizarre. Although credit score ought to be given for having a Stormtrooper costume mendacity across the workplace.


The London based mostly purveyors of idiosyncratic gifting isn’t doing something notably groundbreaking on Twitter, however it's reacting to day by day occasions with a properly-timed product placement and nicely shot images.

In response to Earth Day…

In response to a Rubik’s dice themed Google Doodle…


At the very second that Apple introduced its first ever vibrantly colored vary of iPhones, Nokia, an organization that has been providing an identical vary of colors for some time, tweeted this at the very same time.

Nokia’s tweet hijacked the #Apple hashtag, stole the dialog away from the iPhone announcement and have become probably the most retweeted model tweet ever, doubling the earlier record set by Oreo’s ‘You can nonetheless dunk at the hours of darkness’ Super Bowl tweet.

Honda vs Oreo

I coated numerous Twitter spats between brands in What can we get out of brands interacting with one another on Twitter? One of my favorite examples is the next agile response from Oreo...

Honda launched a brand new minivan in 2014, the first promoting function apparently the introduction of a constructed-in vacuum cleaner.

Honda felt this might be the right alternative to realize some cheeky cross-model marketing and tweeted the next photographs throughout some harmless brands’ bows.

The tactic was a winner and most brands reacted pretty swiftly with their very own responses, subsequently spreading the attain of the marketing campaign. However Honda did not reckon on the may of Oreo, the king of agile social marketing.

Take that Honda!



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