‘La La La (Brazil 2014)’ topped the chart of the most shared global video ads of July 2014, the same month that it beat Volkswagen’s ‘The Force’ to become the most shared ad of all time. The Shakira/Activia commercial is also the most successful example of a brand capitalising on the growing trend of ‘trackvertising’.
Two big brands, Dove and Always, launched well-publicized campaigns on YouTube using documentary-style videos that encourage viewers to challenge cultural perceptions about women and girls. The videos themselves are very compelling, and were seen by millions. But did they succeed in growing the reach of their respective YouTube channels? Unfortunately, in large part, they did not.
In an ironic twist, a viral video, created to promote a family-friendly community who tag potentially offensive violence in YouTube videos, and streaming TV shows and movies, has been censored itself by YouTube. Are trolls to blame? Who knows, but YouTube are painfully slow to take any action.
An ad for Danone’s Activia yoghurt starring Colombian pop princess Shakira has become the most shared ad of all time. The three-and-a-half minute music video – “La La La (Brazil 2014)”, released in partnership with the World Food Programme – has overtaken Volkswagen’s Super Bowl commercial “The Force”, which has held the number one position since February 2011.
OK Go’s music videos on YouTube have been watched more than 218 million times. Several of their videos have upwards of 20 million views, making them the masters of viral music videos. Here are 5 tips to be learned from OK Go, the superstars of music video innovation.
World Cup ads predictably dominated last month’s most shared video ads. With the biggest sporting event on the planet in full swing, it’s no surprise to see almost half of the top 20 ads of the month are football-related. Just like last month, Colombian pop princess Shakira’s collaboration with yoghurt brand Activia “La La La” leads the way.
When it comes to World Cup focused video ads, nearly three-quarters of the total shares across social media networks right now are for those brands, like Activia, Samsung, and ESPN, who aren’t officially partnered with FIFA.
Video on Instagram was launched with a good deal of fanfare a year ago on June 20, 2013. But its first birthday came and went on Friday without much celebration. The site confirms that 200 million active Instagram users have shared 20 billion photos, but they’re strangely silent about the number of videos shared in the last year. Is it because Instavids are getting less shares than Vines or YouTube videos?
On YouTube, brand videos site side-by-side with user-generated, or fan-made videos. These independent creators may choose to make videos supportive of the brand, or they may act as detractors. Coca-Cola has a very active World Cup ad campaign running on YouTube, but one fan-made video is catching all the views. And the brand aren’t responding to this particular meme.
YouTube has over one billion unique visitors each month, but it’s underutilized by brands. YouTube has been educating brands on a new content strategy framework called “Hero, Hub, Hygiene”, which outlines the types of videos the site recommends they create for their channel to grow organic viewership and subscribers. We take a look at a new cheat sheet for that strategy.