Video Ad Campaign Hall of Fame: Our Blades Are F***ing Great

Becoming an instant billionaire? Sounds f***ing great.

Yesterday, Fortune announced that Dollar Shave Club, a startup that ships razors directly to subscribers’ homes each month, sold to Unilever for a whopping $1 billion.

The Dollar Shave Club brand exploded into the public consciousness in 2012, when the company released what can only be described as an exercise in absurdist advertising.

The video ad—which features Dollar Shave Club Founder Mike Dubin, a man in a bear suit, and the f-bomb—has almost 23 million views on YouTube. The success of Dollar Shave Club and their Little-Ad-That-Could confirms what great advertisers have been saying all along: advertising and playing it safe have no business being together.

As David Ogilvy, described by some as the Father of Advertising, famously said: “Don’t bunt. Aim out of the ball park. Aim for the company of immortals.”

Dollar Shave Club certainly hit it out of the park. Dubin, who has a background in improv comedy, explained that he wrote the ad in an attempt to stand out from brands that take themselves too seriously.

He said, “The world is filled with bad commercials and people who are marketing too hard. I think what we wanted to do is not take ourselves too seriously, and deliver an irreverent smart tone.”

This irreverence has certainly inspired copycats. The Dollar Beard Club, which claims to be the manlier alternative to the Dollar Shave Club, piggybacked off of Dubin’s great idea and gained quite a following of their own.

2 million views? Not too shabby.

There is something to be learned from both the Dollar Beard and Dollar Shave Clubs. First, if you see a strategy that works for someone else, try it out: there is a chance it will work for you too. There is no shame in learning from the success of others.

Finally, take risks. Be irreverent. Dust off that old sense of humor and try it on, even if it’s a bit strange and you’re worried it will weird people out.

If you’re feeling exceptionally brave, you could even try to float some puns. It seems to have worked for the Dollar Shave Club.

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Each Thursday, the Viddyad team will choose a new commercial to add to our Video Ad Campaign Hall of Fame. If you have any nominees (video advertisements that made you laugh, made you cry, stood the test of time, or made you go “WHOA”) let us know! Comment below or shoot us an email at social@viddyad.com.

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Video Ad Campaign Hall of Fame: Generic Brand Video

An old adage tells us that laughter is the best medicine. It’s also the best relief during tense discussions, the best way to appear friendlier than you actually are, and the best way to seem cool even after you trip in front of a bunch of people.

Most importantly, laughter is the best way to build an emotional connection with others. Funny video advertisements have the ability to generate warm feelings and a sense of camaraderie between advertiser and viewer. Advertisements that make people laugh tend to be tweeted, retweeted, replayed and remembered.

One such advertisement is Dissolve’s “This is a Generic Brand Video,” which won the 2015 Shorty Award for Best in B2B (business to business). The Shorty Awards honor the most influential voices in social media, which is a pretty big deal considering how important social media has become in the life of the modern consumer.

“This is a Generic Brand Video” pokes fun at formulaic brand advertisements, which have a predictability and absurdity that may not be apparent upon first viewing, but which nevertheless seem familiar when Dissolve points them out:

 

Dissolve’s video is a good reference point for advertisers who want to see what to do and what NOT to do. The use of cliches and the lack of sincerity or logic in advertising, which Dissolve is making fun of, should be avoided at all costs. Viewers are smart and tend to notice when an advertisement is disingenuous. When making an advertisement, companies should stick to what’s true, and not just what they think viewers want to hear.

When making a video ad, consider using Dissolve’s tactic of sharp humor. This video is impactful because it doesn’t insult viewers’ intelligence; in fact, it makes it seem like Dissolve and viewers are in on a joke together. Most interestingly, the use of humor covers up the fact that the video is itself an advertisement. Through this video, Dissolve is able to gain brand recognition, free publicity, and hits to their website, all while giving viewers a good time.

 

Each Thursday, the Viddyad team will choose a new commercial to add to our Video Ad Campaign Hall of Fame. If you have any nominees (video advertisements that made you laugh, made you cry, stood the test of time, or made you go “WHOA”) let us know! Comment below or shoot us an email at social@viddyad.com.

Video Ad Campaign Hall of Fame: Daisy Ad

There are some video advertisements that our eyes see but our brains don’t register. There are some ads that we forget as soon as we see them. Other ads may have a catchy jingle that gets stuck in our heads for awhile, or even a slogan that we can recite years later. And then there are the ads that stick with us forever; that capture us, move us, and change us. The Daisy Ad is one of those ads.

 

Released in 1964, the Daisy Ad was the mother of the modern political attack ad. The advertisement was made for the presidential campaign of Lyndon B. Johnson, who had entered the oval office in 1963 when JFK was assassinated. In 1964, he was defending his presidency against Republican candidate Barry Goldwater.

Before the Daisy Ad, presidential candidates weren’t expected to exchange the vicious, emotionally-charged attack ads Americans are accustomed to these days. Take, for example, JFK’s 1960 presidential election ad:

 

It’s a cute tune: that’s for sure. But if presumptive 2016 presidential candidates Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton ran an ad like this, they’d likely face the wrath of endless internet trolls. (Don’t believe us? Ask Mitch McConnell.)

Political ads today have some teeth to them. More importantly, they have the ability to tug at viewers’ most powerful emotions, like anger and fear. For this, we have the Doyle Dane Bernbach ad agency to thank. They are the masterminds behind the Daisy Ad, and since they hit the scene, the ad world just hasn’t been the same.

According to the Smithsonian Magazine, the DDB agency had a policy of treating advertising like art, not science. The founder of the company would tell his employees “Playing it safe can be the most dangerous thing in the world, because you’re presenting people with an idea they’ve seen before, and you won’t have an impact.”

The DDB agency truly practiced what they preached. The Daisy ad had the impact of, well, an atomic bomb—not only on the political advertising landscape, but on the hearts of viewers. The ad made such a big impact, in fact, that the advertisers only had to pay to broadcast it one time; after that, the news networks picked it up and played it for free.

So, how can you make an ad that’s as powerful as the Daisy ad?

Prioritize pathos.

Appeal to the emotions and values of viewers, instead of simply their logic. Yes, your product or service may have many convenient and practical features. But there is also something about your business that will pull on the heartstrings of your viewers. Maybe it’s that you took over the company when your father or mother passed away. Maybe it’s that you give a percentage of your proceeds to charity. If you can remind viewers of your goodness—of your humanity—then your advertisement will have the impact of the Daisy Ad (sans atomic bomb).

Each Thursday, the Viddyad team will choose a new commercial to add to our Video Ad Campaign Hall of Fame. If you have any nominees (video advertisements that made you laugh, made you cry, stood the test of time, or made you go “WHOA”) let us know! Comment below or shoot us an email at social@viddyad.com.

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You Can Now Upload Your Own Video Clips to the Viddyad Editor

Our development team have been working on some major updates over the last month and we’re proud to announce that our most requested feature is finally available!

You now have the option to upload your own video clips directly to the Viddyad editor

See how easy it is below:

Uploading your own videos and images and using them in your video ad is free of charge, why not mix them up with some of the millions of stock videos and images available on our site?

File types and sizes

    • Only clips of file type MP4, M4V, MOV, MPG or WMV are accepted.
    • For medium videos, clips with a width of 640 and height of 360 pixels or higher are recommended.
    • For HD videos, clips with a width of 1920 and height of 1080 pixels or higher are recommended.

What kind of videos can I upload and include in my video ad?

The possibilities are endless, we have compiled a list of some of the ways you can include your own videos and images into your commercial. Remember, if you’re going to use your customer’s pictures or other types of content, ask their permission first.

    • Include fan content in your video ad – this could be a positive tweet they’ve tagged you in or an Instagram photo with a customer using your product or service.
    • Testimonial videos are a great sales driver, why not take some shots of customers giving feedback with your smartphone in store and include it in your video ad?
    • Show how your product is made, e.g. if you’re a burger bar, take some quick shots of a burger being cooked and include it in your ad.

Can I edit my uploaded video?

You can put text over your uploaded video and add the below images effects to your video clip.

Clip Options on Viddyad

So what are you waiting for, give it a try!

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Top Viddyad Videos of the Week

We love seeing how our clients create stunning professional video ads every day. Check out the recent ads made by HK Clothing, Mairead O’Leary Opticians, Sheer Drive Fitness & Cheesecake Therapy. 

Each of these video commercials were created for free on viddyad.com.

Hk Clothing

HK Clothing logo

HK Clothing is an Australian martial arts inspired and lifestyle apparel business.

HK Clothing Viddyad video

Video ad linkWebsite→Twitter: @HkClothing2013

Mairead O’Leary Opticians

Mairead O'Leary Opticians logo

Mairead O’Leary Opticians have been providing high quality eye care to our customers for over 25 years.

Mairead O'Leary opticians Viddyad video

Video ad linkWebsite→Twitter: @MaireadOLeary

Sheer Drive Fitness

Sheer Drive Fitness logo

Sheer Drive is a social fitness company. What that means is that we’ve designed our program to provide you with the best possible all-around experience.

Sheer Drive Fitness Viddyad video

Video ad linkWebsiteFacebook

Cheesecake Therapy

Cheesecake Therapy logo

In May 2009, Cheesecake Therapy opened in Olde Town Arvada with one major goal; to provide a pleasant atmosphere with homemade, lovingly prepared treats, that comfort the souls, and quiet the minds of our dear friends and neighbors.

Cheesecake Therapy video on Viddyad

Video ad link →Website→ Twitter: @CheesecakeThera

All of the videos above were created for free. Have you tried to make a video ad yet? Get started now on viddyad.com and we might feature your ad here in future.

Below is a playlist of completed premium video ads:

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