Stationary brand invites users to dictate the outcome of a YouTube video with new campaign.
Ever watched a wild bear dancing to disco? Been longing to see a grizzly and a hunter fornicating in the woods? Thankfully now you can, courtesy of an interactive YouTube video campaign for European stationary brand Tipp-Ex, which launched in the U.K. today.
After viewing a YouTube video titled "A Hunter Shoots A Bear" - during which the former can't quite bring himself to pull the trigger - users are invited to re-write the encounter themselves, making virtual use of Tipp-Ex's ink correction products to white out the title of the video and fill in the blank with their own version of events. Perhaps you'd rather see the hunter kiss the bear, or propose to it, for example. Even R-rated requests are fulfilled, albeit with censorship.
A promoted video on YouTube's U.K. homepage is driving traffic to the experience, which has so far amassed over 100,000 views. Bloggers and news outlets are beginning to pick up on it, however, suggesting it has the potential to go viral and attract a considerably larger audience.
The creative itself draws influence from a number of similar efforts, including Old Spice's recent YouTube-based video response campaign, Burger King's classic Subservient Chicken, and even bear-based viral videos for tinned tuna brand John West.
Old Spice recently spent three days posting video responses on YouTube to questions posed through various social media channels. Tipp-Ex follows in a similar vein, but the video responses are pre-recorded and therefore immediately available for users to watch on demand. The range of scenarios is by no means exhaustive, but it's an impressive range of content given the fact users are free to suggest any scenario they wish.
Both Old Spice and Tipp-Ex's efforts were preceded by Burger King's Subservient Chicken site, which racked up a staggering 46 million hits in one week in 2004. That site, at subservientchicken.com, featured a chicken-suit-garbed person embodying the classic BK tagline, "Have it your way." In a nod to adult "cam" sites, users were invited to type commands for the bird, which it would then obey.
The Tipp-Ex brand is owned by BIC, which did not immediately reply to requests for comment.
On the heels of a fantastic event in New York City, ClickZ Live is taking the fun and learning to Toronto, June 23-25. With over 15 years' experience delivering industry-leading events, ClickZ Live offers an action-packed, educationally-focused agenda covering all aspects of digital marketing. Register today!
Want to learn more? Join us at ClickZ Live San Francisco, Aug 10-12!
Educating marketers for over 15 years, ClickZ Live brings together industry thought leaders from the largest brands and agencies to deliver the most advanced, educational digital marketing agenda. Register today and save $500!
Jack Marshall was a staff writer and stats editor for ClickZ News from 2007 until August 2011.
Gartner Magic Quadrant for Digital Commerce
This Magic Quadrant examines leading digital commerce platforms that enable organizations to build digital commerce sites. These commerce platforms facilitate purchasing transactions over the Web, and support the creation and continuing development of an online relationship with a consumer.
Paid Search in the Mobile Era
Google reports that paid search ads are currently driving 40+ million calls per month. Cost per click is increasing, paid search budgets are growing, and mobile continues to dominate. It's time to revamp old search strategies, reimagine stale best practices, and add new layers data to your analytics.
June 10, 2015
12:00pm ET/9:00am PT