Welcome to Fun Video Friday. where we learn that the secret to a successful viral video is laughing babies, people falling, hot ladies, sleeping puppies, dancing babies, kittens and monkeys. Plus, Benedict Cumberbatch does R. Kelly.
The sharing of video ads across social networks like Facebook and Twitter has increased nearly 50x over the past 8 years. The top 3 ads of all time have a combined 14,591,333 million shares between them - can you guess what those ads are?
Vimeo may not be as big as YouTube but it's home to some amazing video content and we take a look at some of our favorites from last month including the making of The Bear and The Hare, the differences in language and accents across the States, and a retrospective on the JFK assassination.
Van Damme and his splits, Jingly Boxer Shorts and a Christmassy Bear and a Hare all won a place at the top of the 20 most shared, branded video ads during November 2013. Amazingly, GEICO's 'Hump Day' is still holding strong after nearly 7 months in the charts.
Microsoft ban swearing on their Xbox video upload platform, Katie Couric confirms why she took the Yahoo dollar and The Beastie Boys hit back at claims they are being unfair over the Goldieblox video. More on these and other stories of the day from ReelSEO.
GoldieBlox and The Beastie Boys are locking legal horns over the use of the track "Girls" in a video which has notched up 7.4 million views in under a week. GoldieBlox claim the song is used as a parody so it falls under Fair Use but the group disagree and are claiming copyright infringement.
HBO GO comes to Google Chromecast, Pharrell stars in a in 24-Hour interactive music video, Adblock Plus strips YouTube of every feature you hate and Spongebob Squarepants finds a new home on Hulu Plus. More on these and other stories of the day from ReelSEO.
Kmart have annoyed a section of their customer base yet again this year with their new Christmas ad that features men in boxer shorts dancing out the tune to "Jingle Bells" with some slick hip action. Kmart are refusing to pull the ad which has already attracted nearly 10 million views in 5 days.
Dove, GEICO, Evian, Kmart and Budweiser all rank amongst the most shared video ads of 2013 but there are also some surprises in the list such as the appearance of Volvo and their Jean-Claude Van Damme splits routine which has already attracted 1.82 million shares only 8 days after its release.
We have dancing moustaches, YouTube spoilers, opportunist cats, the truth about pumpkin flavoured things, tissue animals and all you ever needed to know about farting in our round up of our best videos for you this week.