This New York-Based Agency’s Snapchat Savvy Comes From Personal Insights

The 88's clients include Men's Wearhouse, Adidas Originals and St-Germain


Who (L. to r.) The 88 production director Adam Copeland; managing director Connor Bryant; strategy director Sophie Hauptfuhrer; and founder and creative director Harry Bernstein

What Social media agency

Where New York

For brands like Men's Wearhouse, adidas Originals and St-Germain elderflower liqueur, social media agency The 88 may not be the fountain of youth, but it knows where to find it. Initially an Instagram agency, The 88 pivoted over the past year to focus on Snapchat campaigns. But its preternatural social media prowess doesn't come from professional insight. "The experience we have first is always personal," said founder and creative director Harry Bernstein. "It's not like we have case studies and say, 'Here are five Snapchat campaigns that can prove the ROI.'"

And brands seem to be OK with that. For Men's Wearhouse, Bernstein and his team capitalized on viral proposals—think flash mob meets "promposal"—via Gen Z platform du jour Snapchat. By geofencing nearly every high school in America (around 18,000), Men's Wearhouse created a filter that was used nearly a million times and viewed an impressive 18 million times.

This story first appeared in the June 20, 2016 issue of Adweek magazine.

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