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Twitter recycles 7-year-old tagline in new ad campaign

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On a day that one high-profile tech company that, for years, had notoriously struggled to define itself gave up its independence — and soon its brand — another is trying to reassert itself.

Twitter debuted a new ad campaign on Monday that attempts to define the former social network and now news company. “Twitter is where you go to see what’s happening everywhere in the world right now,” Twitter CMO Leslie Berland wrote in a company blog post — titled “See What’s Happening” — announcing the campaign.

The campaign may be new, but the tagline isn’t. Back in 2009 Twitter adopted “What’s happening?” as the question prompting people to tweet, which it later dropped and then re-adopted in 2014, as well as the company’s raison d’être. In a company blog post at the time — titled “What’s Happening?” — Twitter co-founder Biz Stone hoped that the two-word phrase would “make it easier to explain [Twitter] to your dad.”

Not so. A year ago during its second-quarter 2015 earnings call — six years after Stone’s declaration — then-interim and now-permanent Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said the company needed to come up with an answer to “why Twitter?” Apparently Twitter already had the answer.

Now that Twitter has the answer again — and maybe a better grasp of how to relay it thanks to Berland’s hire earlier this year — it’s going to make a big point of telling everyone what it is, including your dad. The company will run digital and video ads highlighting the things that happen on Twitter. A Twitter spokesperson did not immediately respond to a question about where those ads will run and what forms they’ll take besides video. I’m also waiting to hear back on what exactly the “new look and feel in our marketing,” as mentioned in Berland’s blog post, will be. In the meantime, you can check out another of Twitter’s new video spots below.



via Marketing Land

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