Viral Friday

Viral Friday: Volkswagen Dog Fish

I love this one minute spot…it has everything I think a viral advertisement needs.  First, it isn’t overbranded.  I think in order for a video to be successful (at least from a commercial perspective) it must only include product and brand mentions, not shove it in our face. Second, it’s not too long; one minute is just about the max that I would go these days in order to capture the most attention.  Third, and perhaps most importantly: it has a dog fish in it.

Disclosure: I am professionally associated with Volkswagen.  That said, I had absolutely nothing to do with this ad, I found it on YouTube randomly.  I wish I did though, it cracks me up! It also will probably give me nightmares.  Enjoy.

Viral Friday: Sesame Street takes on Mad Men

I love the show Mad Men, the character development is incredible and the behind-the-scenes voyeurism of a fictitious 1960s ad agency is riveting. For those of us in the marketing space, Mad Men is almost required viewing.

Sesame Street, a show that has been popular with kids since before I was born, recently did a fantastic take on Mad Men.  I love how they captured the feel of the show, with the exception of the mid-day boozing, smoking and womanizing. Take 2:15 out of your day to watch this great video, I think it will make you smile.

Viral Friday: Evolution (Burning Man Time Lapse Video)

I didn’t attend the infamous Burning Man celebration last week, but I do know a lot of people that did.  If you couldn’t make it either, this very cool time-lapse video from Ben Wiggins can give you a beautiful visual peek into the legendary festival in just a couple of minutes. This exact video may not be a viral hit, but it’s cool enough to make the cut for Viral Friday anyway.  Enjoy, and make sure you have your speakers turned on, the music really ads to it.

Evolution (Burning Man time lapses) from Delrious on Vimeo.

Time lapses I shot while at Burning Man 2009.

Viral Friday: IKEA Heights

To me this is absolutely brilliant.  “IKEA Heights” is a soap opera style drama (with plenty of over acted, melodramatic action) shot entirely inside the Burbank, CA IKEA apparently without the store’s knowledge.  I’ve visited that particular story many times, it’s usually incredibly busy, so I would imagine it took quite a bit to pull this stealth mission off.

As I watched this 5 minute episode I couldn’t help but notice and laugh at the customers wandering around the store.  I wonder what they were thinking?  I love this kind of creativity, I hope to see more like it in the future.  Episode 1 is embedded below, you can see the rest of them here.

IKEA Heights from DaveAOK on Vimeo.

Viral Friday: Megawoosh

If this video isn’t real, it sure is edited well.  This crazy :45 spot show a guy plummeting down the world’s longest slip-n-slide and then launching into…well, you’ll just have to watch and see.

Somehow this has to do with a Microsoft Office Project 2007 site, but I don’t know exactly how because I can’t read German.  It’s fun though, and has almost at 2.5 million views as of this writing.  Enjoy MEGAWOOSH

Viral Friday: Watchmen vs The Incredibles

***UPDATE***It seems the audio has already been pulled from this video, which kind of ruins the fun. So, if you still want to watch the video below, may I suggest hitting ‘play’ on your Watchmen soundtrack at the same time?

What could be more fitting for this viral Friday than something Watchmen related?  I was a huge fan on the graphic novel back in the day, I’m looking forward to seeing the movie, although I won’t be braving the crowds on opening weekend I don’t think.  This quick clip answers the question we all have, “what if The Incredibles were done Watchmen style?” Enjoy.

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