Reverse Engineer Post: Sponsored Ad

The promoted ad I found on Twitter was created and shared by Sprint. By clicking on the link, users will be taken to a page describing the offer.

What are the ad’s strengths?

One of the ad’s strengths is the placement of the phone in the ad. It’s right in the middle and it helps potential customers know that Sprint is offering something related to Hulu. They’re being transparent with what they’re offering in the tweet itself and below the ad itself it provides another offer if someone were to come to Sprint. I also like the use of dark colors as the background because it makes the Sprint and Hulu logos pop, as well as what’s being displayed on the smartphone.

What are the ad’s weaknesses?

The fine print is too hard to read. I know it typically is, but on the ad itself it’s rather blurry. I’m not sure if it was done on purpose or not, but I found that slightly annoying.

What is the ad trying to accomplish with its design?

The ad is wanting potential customers to know that they can steam any show on Hulu in HD using their network with unlimited data. I think the ad does a good job with its design.

How has designed been used?

Screen Shot 2017-11-22 at 3.35.31 PM.pngSize: I think the element of size was used well in this design. A smartphone is something that people tend to have nowadays, so making that bigger than everything else in the ad helps people know it is phone related.

Screen Shot 2017-11-22 at 3.35.31 PM.pngContrast: I like the use of contrast in the ad. It’s easy on the eyes and makes everything visually appealing.

What metrics will be used to determine if the ad was successful or not?

Comments, retweets, and likes are metrics that will be used to determine if the ad was successful or not. Metrics that we don’t see but Sprint will be able to see include Profile clicks, Detail expands, and Link clicks. I think Link clicks are the most important because that means people are clicking on the ad and going to the offer page on their site.

The ad itself seems to be have been shared on November 16. As of today, there are 5 comments, 4 retweets, and 14 likes.


Reverse Engineering Post: Thursday Night Football on NBC

For my reverse engineering post this week, we had to choose a video ad and talk about its design. I chose a video promoting Thursday Night Football being on NBC this week.


I think this video does a great job with its use of colors. The main colors used in this ad are red and blue. The Arizona Cardinals are the red team in this ad and the blue team are the Seattle Seahawks. There are other colors as well, but they do a good job of using these colors throughout the ad. If you’re a fan of football, you’ll probably have interest in watching this game. It’s definitely geared towards NFL fans, especially fans of the Seattle Seahawks or the Arizona Cardinals. The ad provides enough information to let viewers know when they can tune in to the game and what channel it will be available this week.


While this ad may be interesting to people who are new to football or new to these teams, it’s definitely geared towards NFL fans rather than everyone. That being said, this ad knows their audience and they know what to say to get their audience interested in the game. I personally enjoyed the use of music in this ad, but it’s also a little distracting since it can prevent you from listening to what the guy is saying about the game as well.

Design Accomplishments

I think this ad is trying to tell NFL viewers that they can view Thursday Night Football this week on NBC. Thursday Night Football games are always shown on NFL Network, but some fans may not have that channel, so by sharing this ad, NFL fans can know that NBC will also be showing the game this week.

Use of Design

Screen Shot 2017-11-08 at 9.06.29 PMRule of thirds is used all throughout the video ad. Another fundamental design that is used is hierarchy. A lot of what’s shown in the ad is in the middle, but there’s a lot going on around that player. For example, in the image above, the Cardinals receiver is catching a pass from his quarterback. Our eyes are taken to that action in the video, but we can then see the Patriots defender trying to disrupt the play to the left of the Cardinals player. A lot of what the ad wants us to see is in the middle of the video, which I think is good design considering everything that goes on in the game of football. It’s easy to miss what you’re supposed to be seeing, but this ad helps us know what to look for.


This is an ad on Facebook, and it appears to have been quite successful since being posted on Tuesday. It has over 10,000 likes and reactions, the video has been shared 868 times, and it has been viewed 1.1 million times. I think it can be considered a successful ad.

Reverse Engineering Post: Google Pixel 2


I think a strength of this ad is the fact that it shows you the front of the phone and the back of the phone. It also includes the fact that the phone has an “incredible camera” and that the camera is incredible “even in low light.” A lot of promotions towards smart phones go towards the phone’s camera capabilities, and this ad is no exception. In the tweet itself, it also mentions that a buyer can save $100 with qualified activation, which is another way to entice a potential buyer.


The ad only features the Pixel 2 phone. It doesn’t provide evidence of how incredible the camera is and how well it takes photos in low light. It would be possible to look up other articles or a video on YouTube, but I think it would have been good to have provided evidence of this feature.

What is the ad trying to accomplish with its design?

The ad is trying to get people to buy the phone. The ad itself shows the sleek and elegant design of the Google Pixel 2. It has a modern design that is appealing, but different from what other smartphone companies may be doing.

Design Qualities


Using the rule of thirds, the Pixel 2 is the first thing the audience sees when looking at the ad. It is front and center and appears to be centered more or less in the ad.

Metrics to Determine Success

Metrics used to determine success are the number of tweets the promotion had on Twitter, the number of retweets, and the number of likes. At the moment this screenshot was taken, the promoted tweet had 633 likes, which I think is successful. I’m not sure when the promoted tweet itself went live though.

Reverse Engineering Brand: Sony

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I chose Sony because they create a lot of things. Sony makes televisions, music players, cameras, headphones, movies, video game consoles and software, smartphones, and much more. I was curious to see how the Sony social media team handled all the products Sony produces as a whole and how they may compare to a more specific Sony brand, such as the PlayStation or Sony Pictures.

What are the brand design strengths?

Sony’s logo is very simple. I looked at their Facebook page, their Twitter page, their Instagram page, and their YouTube channel and noticed that they all use the same black background with white text logo. I like the simplicity of the logo and I think they can get away with it because everyone knows what Sony is.

From what I could tell, they use a lot of the same images all across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I personally prefer looking through their Instagram profile since it is easier to find the images they’ve shared. I think they do a great job of displaying contrast between the background and the product they’re sharing in that particular image. They do a great job of having the product in a real-life scenario, such as having speakers inside a room or a television hanging on a wall or a DSLR or video camera outside. The images help you see where you should use their product. Obviously we want to use a television inside our homes, but it makes you wonder how that particular television will look in your living room hanging on the wall. I think they do a great job of capturing that.

What are the brand design weaknesses?

Because Sony sells so many things, their social channels can appear very cluttered. One minute they’re talking about a recent movie released by Sony Pictures, the next they’re showcasing their televisions, and then there’s something about the latest PlayStation. It’s a little all over the place, but they also have specific channels for that specific brand. I think that’s helpful because not everyone is going to be interested in everything Sony.

What is the brand trying to accomplish with its design?

I already mentioned this in the paragraph regarding the brand’s strengths, but I think what they’re trying to do with their design is get people to think how it would be to have a Sony product in their home, whether it be a camera or a television. The pictures they upload are beautifully taken and it helps Sony’s products have that “premium” look and feel.

How has the design used: Composition, Fundamentals, Contrast, Lines, Layout, Golden Section, Rule of Thirds, Not Half, Swiss Grid, or Custom Grids?

I believe they use the Rule of Thirds principle quite a bit in all their channels. The product they’re photographing is front and center. Sometimes it takes the entire size of the photograph. They also do a great job with contrast, as it helps their product stick out with the contrasting background.

What metrics (likes, shares, retweets, etc.) will be used to determine if the brand is successful?

Facebook: The metrics used to determine success is by the number of followers, the number of likes, the number of comments, and the number of shares.

Twitter: Followers, retweets, likes.

Instagram: Followers, likes, comments.

YouTube: Subscribers, likes, and comments.

Sony’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram channels have well over 4 million followers, with Facebook having the largest number of likes and followers. I think their most successful on Instagram just because they don’t share as much video content and the pictures look absolutely beautiful. Why wouldn’t you want to like what they share on Instagram?

My Personal Manifesto

I have a hard time putting myself out there. I don’t really want the attention, I really don’t want the criticism, and I really just want to keep to myself. But there’s always been this passion and desire to share my thoughts and impressions about what I like and don’t like. I know that doesn’t make much sense, because it doesn’t make any sense to me either.

For a while, I worked on a project with my dad, my brother, and a friend of the family. We would write reviews of anything that interested (food, technology, sports, movies, etc) and places we visited. It was a fun experience and it’s still something I’ve been trying to do on my own for quite some time. I’ve lessened my scope (tech and entertainment) since I’d be doing this on my own, but even then I’ve found it difficult to keep up with it.

I’ve always thought it’d be cool to have a YouTube channel and my own personal website with reviews, opinion pieces, and impressions. I kind of have both those things, but I think they can definitely use some work.

Even though I want to keep to myself, for some reason I have this desire to share what I like and reach out to others and have a community where we can talk about these things. I know there are plenty of people that do this, so the hard part is trying to figure out what makes me different from the other voices. I personally think I’m better at writing than I am at speaking. I can take my time and think about what I want to say in a written format than I can while speaking. I want to branch out and do more video content, so I’ll see if I can implement that somehow.

As far as my objectives are, I would like to do the following:

  • Share what I believe is worth a person’s time and money
  • Be more active on my personal social media and not hide behind anonymous accounts

That’s it for now. This might change later on, I really don’t know. But this is what’s been on my mind as of late, so hopefully I can stick with it.

Reverse Engineer: Arby’s Facebook Post

Since 2016, Arby’s has been making some really cool ads on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Rather than simply display the food they sell at their restaurant, they’ve been including pop culture, gaming, and cartoon cardboard creations in their ads. It’s been rather successful, as people tend to tell Arby’s social media channels to give the person or people who design these ads a raise. They continue to make these neat ads on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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What is the main purpose of the ad?

The main purpose of the ad is to ultimately get people to go to Arby’s by including pop culture in their ads.

What are the ad’s strengths?

The ad uses a character very familiar to children, teenagers, and adults. Pikachu has been around since the late 90s, and Pokemon continues to be a popular anime and video game series for some adults who grew up on Pokemon and children who are becoming interested in Pokemon. The ad also includes a drink and mozzarella sticks to get people to want to come to Arby’s and eat their food.

What are the ad’s weaknesses?

One weakness is the lack of words in the ad itself. The Facebook post has the words, “Ready to call down the thunder?” but it really isn’t calling the audience to act. It’s a cool phrase, considering Pikachu is an electric type Pokemon and he’s also dressed up as a luchador, but it doesn’t necessarily tell people to go to Arby’s other than being an awesome looking ad design.

What is the ad trying to accomplish with its design?

With this design, I think the ad is trying to tell its audience that they’re aware of pop culture, gaming, and cartoons that are beloved by many people throughout the world and connect with people that way. It’ll get you thinking about going to Arby’s because of the cool design directions they’re implementing on their social media channels.

What metrics (likes, shares, retweets, etc.) will be used to determine if the ad is successful?

Likes, shares, and comments will be used to determine if the ad is successful. The ad has over 56,000 likes, it was shared nearly 7,600 times, and has received over 1,600 comments.

Taco Bell’s Cinco de Mayo Snapchat Lens

Screen Shot 2017-09-20 at 8.38.14 PM.pngOn May 5, 2016, Taco Bell had some fun by giving Snapchat users the chance of a lifetime: changing their heads into giant taco shells. The campaign only lasted one day, but managed to acquire 224 million views. Snapchat stated that the number of unique plays equated to 12.5 years of individual plays on that single day. The lens also included the Taco Bell “bong” sound.

According to Adweek, Taco Bell’s social strategy team worked closely with Snapchat to create the Snapchat Lens. This took about six weeks. The media outlet also reported that this type of ad format costs around $750,000 for holiday lenses and big events, such as the Super Bowl. There’s a good chance Taco Bell spent that amount or more for their sponsored campaign on Snapchat.

The brand was tacos from Taco Bell and the objective was to get people to use their Snapchat filter and have an appetite for something from Taco Bell.

I believe one of the principles being used by this campaign was the presentation principle. This campaign garnered 224 million views in a single day. People were not afraid to embarrass themselves and turn their heads into a Taco Bell taco. I believe this also falls under the attention principle. This Snapchat Lens definitely provided the attention a person would desire by using this filter. I personally found it pretty funny, and I still do to this day. This was a very successful social media campaign by Taco Bell. They may have spent a lot of money, but they managed to gain a lot of success. The numbers speak for themselves.