Every marketing department or digital marketing agency dreams of hitting it big with a viral video that is not only popular, but also benefits their brand in some way. There’s nothing wrong with a branded viral video. Pepsi MAX & Kyrie Irving Present: “Uncle Drew” is one example of a branded video done right; it takes a genuinely entertaining concept – NBA player Kyrie Irving dresses up like an old man and plays in a pickup game in New Jersey – and dabbles in a minimal amount of product placement (there are a couple shots of onlookers, probably placed there by Pepsi, drinking Pepsi MAX). Unfortunately, many brands are attempting to hide their involvement in viral videos by making it seem like the video was created by ordinary individuals.
iRobot wants to see you “robot”. The creators of the room cleaning Roomba have developed a sweet new contest. Check out this video with pop and lock sensation Marquese Scott, who’s been featured in Forbes magazine and on The Ellen Degeneres Show:
Armed with the Roomba theme song, do your best robot dance, then submit the result at their youtube site. The public will choose the winners. Top three votes get a special iRobot trophy, and all 20 first prize winners get their video featured on the site, and their very own Roomba which can be programmed as a sentry that can protect your home from invaders. Ok, the programming part is a lie, but getting your own Roomba is pretty awesome. Ready? Set? Robot!
Facebook celebrated its 8th birthday this month. How much has it changed? How much has it changed us? Are we all a little more batty now that Facebook has become a prominent part of so many of our lives, giving us insights into friends and family that we never had before and offering a venue through which we can exclaim the nuances of our lives for the world (or simply our world) to see?