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Trading on social media to attract millennial consumers, British footwear brand Clarks is tapping popular instant messaging service WhatsApp for a multimedia campaign celebrating the 65th anniversary of its iconic desert boot.

Dubbed ‘From Rats to Rudeboys’, the campaign launches on April 13. Messages containing images, videos and playlists will be sent directly to WhatsApp users who have opted in to the initiative, having been prompted by teaser films currently being posted on Clarks’ social media platforms, including Instagram and Twitter. To gain access to the material, users simply add an 11-digit number to their in-app contacts list. On sign-up, they will also be sent an additional video introducing late British designer and founder of the Clarks desert boot, Nathan Clark.

The main focus of the material is to explain the brand’s affiliation with key cultural, music and style movements of the past 65 years, such as the birth of dancehall music in Jamaica in the 70s, and the 60s UK mod scene (see also Fred Perry Store Harnesses Heritage and Music Meets Retail). However, there will also be content from three contemporary creatives: British reggae historian and former mod Steve Barrow (known for wearing sharp tweed suits with his desert boots), French photographer Bruno Barbey (whose photos of riots in Paris in 1968 show students wearing Clarks shoes), and Jah Stitch, Jamaican musician and member of 70s Kingston gang, The Spanglers.

As part of a wider mission to elevate consumer perception of the brand, in June 2015, Clarks will also unveil an interactive digital piece at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, dubbed Clarks Unboxed. It forms part of the museum’s summer exhibition, Shoes: Pleasure & Pain, which examines the cultural significance of shoes.

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At last it’s here, the long anticipated launch of Justin Cooke’s multi sensory social network has finally happened! Months of rumours have surrounded the ex-Topshop CMO and Burberry alumni, back in March at SXSW Interactive at our event he claimed to be developing an app that would take on the top 5 social networks. TechCrunch’s Mike Butcher asked if it was an “Instagram for emotion?”, well now that question can be answered.

Tunepics, it’s more like Instagram with a soundtrack. The first social network to connect multiple senses, combining both sound and vision, with the hope to create nostalgia and trigger memories for the user. Beautifully designed by the innovate7 team, built by mega agency AKQA, (the team behind NIKE’s technological prowess), and already supported by a long list of the hottest celebrities around, this app has all the right ingredients in the mix.

“I’ve always had a fascination with music, colour, images and the weather and how they influence our mood and emotions. I want people to be able to share the depth behind the moments they experience and to articulate all the ones that they dream of having. This is a magical and cinematic celebration of people’s lives that touches all of our senses. Music is the most powerful way to express the things we see and feel; nothing else comes close. With Tunepics, everyone can create a soundtrack to their life.” Justin Cooke, founder and CEO, Tunepics

Good luck guys, we look forward to posting our summer selfies to the tune of Eve’s Who’s that girl? (La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la).