Marriott Hands Influencers Snapchat Spectacles To Create Authentic Branded Content

What Happened
Marriott is the latest brand to leverage Snapchat’s video-recording Spectacles sunglasses to produce branded content for social campaigns. The hotel chain gave four social influencers a pair of Spectacles, who will use it to create 10-second vertical video clips for its Rewards loyalty program that will run as ads on Snapchat. The influencers will take over the brand’s Snapchat account about once a month to share their one-week stays at Marriott properties in Berlin, New York, Dubai, and Seoul, leveraging their social stardom to attract some followers for the brand. The campaign is scheduled to run from now through June.

What Brands Need To Do
Snapchat only started selling Spectacles last November, and despite its limited availability, it has been quickly adopted by brand marketers to create authentic, off-the-cuff short videos that are perfect for online and social campaigns. Previously, Hyatt also handed out some Spectacles to some of its employees to share their daily activities at Hyatt properties around the world. This Marriott campaign takes it one step further by mixing in social influencers and paid ads to attract a wider audience on Snapchat.

Perhaps more intriguingly, Snapchat has been testing some AR-enabled filters that may be activated by Spectacles, which would allow brands to add digital activations to their physical marketing materials such as billboards and posters. As Snap continues to bring augmented reality technology to the mass market with its camera-centric products, brands will need to start to think about how AR may add value to their products, services, and marketing efforts.

Source: AdWeek

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