In brief: At Grammys, Target sponsors mini-concert, while Apple rolls out new campaign

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The 2016 campaign in a digital nutshell. (PRWeek) Interviews with quirky YouTube stars. Snapchat Q&As. Appearances on Internet comedy shows. That's just a taste of where digital campaign communications could go by November 2016. 

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Better marketing through neuroscience. (Marketing) Understanding discoveries about System 1 and System 2 thinking can help marketers implement more effective plans, writes Vickey Bullen, chief executive of Coley Porter Bell.

From around the web:

Target creates surprise Grammys concert. After 15 years advertising at the Grammys, Target took a new approach to its spend by pooling eight 30-second spots into a four-minute live Imagine Dragons performance. The mega-spot carried the hashtag #moremusic and promoted the release of Target's deluxe edition of the band's upcoming  "Smoke & Mirrors" album.

iPad ad at Grammys. Apple debuted new creative for the iPad featuring musicians Elliphant, Riton and The Gaslamp Killer during the awards show.

AmEx turns back the clock for Apple Pay ad. Its first spot to feature the mobile payment platform brings back some of AmEx's classic spots, along with famous cardmembers like Jerry Seinfeld and Tina Fey for a mashup that draws on the brand's history. The ad, created by Ogilvy, will air during the season premier of "The Walking Dead."

Tough times for ad-tech stocks. MaxPoint Interactive, a marketing automation firm that helps national brands target ads locally, last week became the first ad-tech company to file for an IPO in nearly a year. The market has been hard on ad-tech stocks: Four of seven companies that went public between June 2013 and July 2014 are trading below their opening prices.

McMuffin sunrise. A McDonald's billboard in Canada has gotten in sync with the movements of the sun. It's a digital billboard for the Egg McMuffin, which rises into view along with the morning sun.

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