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Viral videos that worked and ones that didn’t

1. Viral videos that worked – videos that made users aware of a product or drove interest in the product

Evian rollerbabies – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQcVllWpwGs

Smirnoff Tea Partay – white guys rapping – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTU2He2BIc0

Blendtec – will it blend? – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRr7N7A4Wc0

Durex – Get it On – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5sTBrs4fhQ

2. Viral videos that didn’t work — videos were remembered for the video itself and not for the product it was meant to market.

Megawooosh

LED Sheep Art

Synchronized Dance in Train Station

Kids Moving Eyebrows to Music

Numa Numa Guy

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Friday, March 26th, 2010 viral videos 1 Comment

What viral videos look like; what non-viral videos look like — by the stats

The first 2 are viral videos – notice the shape of the “total views curve” (quick rise and approaches the max asymptotically). The last 2 videos are not viral, and supported by paid advertising and promotion. It is a straight line that grows steadily over time. The 2 examples of non-viral videos were chosen simply to have similar view counts as the first and second examples.

Viral video examples – notice the asymptotic curve towards the max on the total views chart.

Frozen Grand Central ImprovEverywhere viral video – 18 million views – added on Jan 31, 2009. ¬†“Other/viral” gave it its first big boost and embedded views gave it another big push.
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No Pants Subway Ride ImprovEverywhere viral video Р9 million views Рuploaded January 13, 2009; got onto YouTube homepage and got a major boost from it.

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NON-viral video examples – notice the straight line of the total views chart.

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Perfect example of NON-viral video that had help with paid media – in this case, GoDaddy supported these videos with costly Superbowl ads — which led to nice bumps-up in total views.

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In the case of Smirnoff’s Tea Partay, it was not supported by paid media so it took longer to grow and the shape of the curve is a nice blend between the straight line of a non-viral video and the asymptotic line of a viral video.

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Finally, blatant ads don’t go viral – Sony’s grand central product demo stunt. And even if they are discussed in dozens of blogs it is not enough to get past the first tipping point.

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How the JKWedding Viral Video was A Manufactured Success

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Friday, July 31st, 2009 digital 1 Comment

viral videos that worked – drove sales

Awareness stage

– Smirnoff Tea Partay – white guys rapping; helped drive sales of the new product because it solved the awareness missing link for the product

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Thursday, July 30th, 2009 digital No Comments

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