This week’s #SundayMusings are no joke, as we take a look back at April Fools’ Day news from around the web and across brands. The first of April has become a great branding day as brands come up with fake news stories to draw some added attention in their direction. It doesn’t always work out positively, but here are the stories that caught my attention for April Fools’ Day this year.
#1 – “The 11 best April Fools’ gags of 2015” – via theverge.com
Premise: A collection of the top April Fools’ Day jokes from brands and their respective YouTube clips. Out of the 11 examples provided in the write-up, 5 of them are from Google or Google’s properties (Motorola, YouTube).
Thoughts: Across this list, I tend to like Google’s Smartbox mailbox, Microsoft’s MS-DOS Mobile, and Netflix’s Binge Watch Warnings. I saw multiple people complain online about Netflix’s warning, not realizing at the time that it was an April Fools’ Day joke. That’s phenomenal! [Read more…]