on Nov 9, 2006
No, this isn’t another rant about Blender. This is a bit of very clever marketing from a company selling some sort of uber-blenders. This is brilliant. I’ve often wondered what marketing on YouTube would look like. Would a company just post their (hopefully entertaining) ads on YouTube for people to watch? Would they show more “edgy” ads that they couldn’t get away with on network TV? Maybe that will happen, but this company is tapping into the natural tendancy of people to share crazy movies (of real things) that they find online.
This is very powerful, from a marketing standpoint. I would never search for a blender online. I don’t need one. Amazon.com couldn’t get me to look at one with their ridiculous “you may also like…” sales pitches. There is nothing a banner ad could say about this blender that would entice me to click it. But here I found a funny movie, watched it, and when it was over I thought, “Wow. It would be cool to own one of those.” I wasn’t looking for one, but they made me want it anyway. This is viral marketing at its best.
Check it out, a coke can smoothie:
See also: The movie where they turn a handful of Golf Balls into crumbs.
Shamus Young is an old-school OpenGL programmer, author, and composer. He runs this site and if anything is broken you should probably blame him.