Corporate-branded Viral Videos
The weather outside is …. well “frightful.” It’s the first major snowstorm of this winter in Connecticut. I just received the following video sent to me by a coworker. Could not resist sharing it with you
Have you noticed that there is a subtle marketing and branding message at the end of the video? I bet you did. More and more videos are put together attracting large numbers of viewers by displaying funny and/or informative nuggets of content followed by a subtle marketing message.
Here is a list of those which have been very successful (courtesy of Custom Communications):
Nike – “Ronaldinho: Touch of Gold” – Viewed 22.6 million times
Pepsi – “PEPSI (Britney Spears, Beyonce, Pink – We Will Rock You)” – Viewed 14 million times
McDonald’s – “Fast Food Freestyle” – Viewed 11.8 million times
Coca-Cola – “Diet Coke+Mentos=Human experiment: EXTREME GRAPHIC CONTENT” – Viewed 8.5 million times
Unilever – “Dove Evolution” – Viewed 6.7 million times
Budweiser – “Banned Super Bowl 2007 Bud commercial” – Viewed 2.1 million times
Microsoft – “Microsoft Surface Parody” – Viewed 2 million times
Ikea – “Banned Commercial – Swedish Midsummer” – Viewed 1.5 million times
Toyota – “Top Gear: Killing a Toyota Part 1” – Viewed 1.1 million times
Reebok – “The Return of Terry Tate”
and my favorite:
Microsoft – “If Microsoft Designed the IPod Packaging Video”
I ventured into this viral video space along with Creative Concepts when creating the “How to Write a Love Letter” video which, so far, received just over 4K views with little to no marketing effort on my part.
It’s interesting how divided my fellow marketers are on this point. Some are very encouraged by this video and waiting for me to create more. Brand awareness is what they point out as the video’s biggest benefit along with low production cost and a potential for truly wide-spread and international reach. The critics however point out the fact that viral videos do not necessarily increase sales and if they receive the attention of the masses that attention peaks quickly and it is not sustainable.
What do you think?
By the way, it is snowing really hard now in Shelton, CT. Stay warm and safe.