Userplane’s Michael Jones explains why online video must be included in your marketing mix.Thanks to online video ads, guys with bad hygiene and pathetic social skills can try wooing VH1 VJ Rachel Perry– and they even get a well-mannered response. Ah, the wonders of the internet.The ad campaign was an innovative partnership between laddie-mag Maxim and Pontiac to hype the carmaker’s Solstice Roadster. Users logged onto the magazine’s website and submitted pick-up lines to an image of Perry, actually an incarnation of the beautiful celebrity compiled from hundreds of pre-recorded videos. People with the best lines registered to win a car. Depending on the attempt, the program culled Perry’s retort in real time from hundreds of pre-recorded responses. The site was flooded with users. According to Advertising Age, 16,000 people registered in its first three weeks.The titillating Pontiac campaign was the successor to Burger King’s Subservient Chicken, an online craze of its own. The two demonstrate the unique potential for online video ads. They lock millions of users to the sites, create a viral response by allowing fans to email the links to friends, and generate pop culture buzz. And of course, the online video ads paid off in higher… Read full this story
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