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Viral Videos for May 2017

This week’s viral video is a great mix of ideas, with several longer videos in the top spots. Hyundai’s short adventure film features its cars on an icy trip in “Shackleton’s Return.” Heineken also retains a top spot for its short film, “Worlds Apart.” The film pairs strangers (who happen to have opposite viewpoints) working together to build a bar, then finding out who they have really been talking to. It’s time to be open-minded, listen, and talk about differences.

There are three key factors for viral video success:

  1. Reaching the tastemakers.
  2. Building a community of participation.
  3. Creating unexpectedness in the video.

Regardless of the type of product or service, the country of origin, or the importance of the message, what matters is reaching the audience in a way the both entertains and informs. It might be YouTube, and more often now, it’s on Facebook and other social media. Check out this week’s top videos and discuss what makes them “go viral.”

Group Activities and Discussion Questions:

  1. Bring up a recent Ad Age’s weekly Viral Video chart: http://adage.com/article/the-viral-video-chart/viral-video-chart-5-1-17/308885/
  2. How effective is each video at getting the company’s brand and message across to viewers?
  3. In teams, have students design a viral video for a product of their choosing. What are the elements that are needed to go viral?

Source:  Advertising Age

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Viral Videos – Super Bowl 2017

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This is the week marketers wait for all year – Super Bowl! While the week’s top performing viral videos remained Youtube’s “Rewind” video, the rest of the top 10 were aired at the Super Bowl and included Hyundai’s “A Better Super Bowl” tribute to U.S. forces, a racy Shades of Grey type of video from T-Mobile, and Mr. Clean “The Cleaner of Your Dreams,” Airbnb video on acceptance, and Kia’s “Smarter Way” staring Melissa McCarthy, plus many more.

The chart highlights viral video ads that appear on online video sites. Each ad measures viewership of brand-syndicated video clips as well as social video placements that are driven by viewers around the world. Visible Measure’s True Reach™ quantifies the total audience that has been exposed to a viral video campaign. There are three key factors for viral video success:

  1. Reaching the tastemakers.
  2. Building a community of participation.
  3. Creating unexpectedness in the video.

Regardless of the type of product or service, the country of origin, or the importance of the message, what matters is reaching the audience in a way the both entertains and informs.

Check out the top Super Bowl videos and discuss what makes them “go viral.”

Group Activities and Discussion Questions:

  1. Bring up Ad Age’s weekly Viral Video chart: http://adage.com/article/the-viral-video-chart/viral-video-chart-02-13-17/307973/
  2. Divide students into teams. Have each team select an ad on the top video chart and analyze the ad.
  3. What is unusual?
  4. Who will it interest?
  5. What is the key message?
  6. How effective is the ad at getting the company’s brand and message across to viewers?
  7. In teams, have students design a viral video for a product of their choosing. What are the elements that are needed to go viral?h

Source:  Advertising Age

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Top Viral Brand Postings of 2016

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It is the start of a New Year, and a good time to examine campaigns from last year. The most compelling advertisements and videos are ones that have a strong story, humor, inspiration, and excitement. They build a bond with the audience, and inspire thoughts and action. It’s not easy to create a short video that engages audiences and inspires them to share the video and view it more than once, so it is worth examining the top videos from 2016.

Here are the most viral brand videos posted to YouTube in 2016. As calculated by Marketer MVPs, these top five brand videos generated the most engagement (likes, comments, and shares) on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and YouTube.

  1. Domino’s Pizza (Domino’s DXP): 52+ million views
  2. Geico (Going Up: Fast Forward): 46+ million views
  3. Walmart (Easter Surprise – Jelly Bean Garden): 45+ million views
  4. Nike (Unlimited You): 37+ million views
  5. Gillette (Perfect isn’t Pretty): 34+ million views

Combined, these five videos have generated more than 214 million views last year!

Group Activities and Discussion Questions:

  1. Discuss the importance of branding and brand management. How do the videos fit into branding?
  2. Divide students into teams. Have each team analyze one of the following videos with respect to target market, key message, type of appeal, etc.
    1. Domino’s Pizza: https://youtu.be/lsmmgFxI0Jc
    2. Geico: https://youtu.be/Hk5HT_J3n6k
    3. Walmart: https://youtu.be/2cznl3lkfbM
    4. Nike: https://youtu.be/VEX7KhIA3bU
    5. Gillette: https://youtu.be/xRXfevLDZBc
  3. When teams have completed this, have each team show the video and discuss their analysis with the rest of the class.
  4. What are the commonalities between the videos? What are the differences? What should other companies do to replicate the success?

Source:  Ad Age Daily

 

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