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When Marching Bands Go Viral: Ohio State Turns Video Games Into Halftime Masterpiece

When Marching Bands Go Viral: Ohio State Turns Video Games Into Halftime Masterpiece

Having never been in a marching band, I don't really know how much work goes into being in one.  But I do know that when I see something like Ohio State's marching band turning video game characters and scenarios into seamless formations while they perform ...

The Top 20 Viral Video Ad Campaigns for September 2012

The Top 20 Viral Video Ad Campaigns for September 2012

The US Presidential race dominates Unruly’s Global Ads Chart this month. Eight of the top 20 most shared online video ads across Facebook, Twitter and the blogosphere during September come from the pro-Obama and pro-Romney camps. But while the Republican candidate can boast more spots – ...

How to Make Video Ad Campaigns Go Viral - A Behind the Scenes Look into the Viral Video Process [Case Study]

How to Make Video Ad Campaigns Go Viral   A Behind the Scenes Look into the Viral Video Process [Case Study]

A couple of months ago, ABC's "Nightline" did a piece on trying to get a video to go viral.  They hired ad agency and online viral video specialists Mekanism for the job: they would take reporter Dan Harris and a cat named George through a ...

The Mekanics of Storytelling for Branded Social Video Ad Campaigns: Interview with Mekanism

The Mekanics of Storytelling for Branded Social Video Ad Campaigns: Interview with Mekanism

I recently had the pleasure of talking with Brendan Gahan, Director of Social Media at Mekanism, a digital ad agency that works with brands to tell stories with their video ad campaigns.  The mission to convert brands to a storytelling kind of marketing, rather than ...

Which Presidential Campaign is Winning in Social Video? The Unruly 2012 Election Tracker [Infographic]

Which Presidential Campaign is Winning in Social Video? The Unruly 2012 Election Tracker [Infographic]

The race for the White House is in full swing, but which campaign is winning in social video? Unfortunately, the interactive chart that was featured on YouTube Politics during the primaries disappeared when the YouTube Elections Hub was introduced on Aug. 22, 2012. So, if ...

5 Social Video Marketing Lessons Brands Can Learn From the Olympics

5 Social Video Marketing Lessons Brands Can Learn From the Olympics

The battle for Olympic success was not confined to the running track, swimming pool or boxing ring. London 2012 was also a golden opportunity for brands to create spreadable video content across the social web and amplify their message at a moment when the eyes ...

Sometimes, A Catchy Video Title Trumps Content, And Views Follow

Sometimes, A Catchy Video Title Trumps Content, And Views Follow

So, I've been looking at a lot of videos lately, looking for something to praise as an example of fantastic content that maybe a brand or an aspiring video-maker can learn from it.  Alas, many of the videos I'm running across have to do with ...

Gotye Embraces YouTube Parodies with Cover Remix of 'Somebody That I Used to Know'

Gotye Embraces YouTube Parodies with Cover Remix of Somebody That I Used to Know

By far and away one of the biggest YouTube success stories this year is Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know," which received a huge boost from Walk off the Earth's five-player, single-guitar version from January and suddenly became something infinitely imitable.  Not only are ...

Top 20 Global Online Video Ad Campaigns For July 2012: Olympics, US Elections & Gymkhana

Top 20 Global Online Video Ad Campaigns For July 2012: Olympics, US Elections & Gymkhana

World records shattered every day, 10 million tweets sent during the Opening Ceremony alone and an ongoing brouhaha over the overbearing branding restrictions, you would think one event would dominate Unruly’s Global Ads Chart during July. But it is not the Olympics that sparked the ...

Brand Mentions in Social Video Content Have No Effect on Sharing Potential

Brand Mentions in Social Video Content Have No Effect on Sharing Potential

That’s according to fascinating new research carried out by a university in Australia, which found that the number of times a brand appears visually or verbally in a commercial had little or no impact on its popularity online. The study is the second led by Dr Karen Nelson-Field and ...

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