The 15 Best Branded Stunts and Activations of 2018 (So Far)

From space shots to Bowie, it's been a banner year

This year’s abundance of branded stunts and activations may make it feel like a recent trend, but the tactic has been a marketing staple since the 1800s. One of the first stunts of this kind to enjoy national attention was in 1896, where a rail line in Texas staged an event in which two trains smashed into each other. An impressive crowd of 40,000 people attended in the aptly named town of Crush, Texas.