By Tim Washer
I’m often asked what is the value of using humor in social media and marketing efforts. While I can’t always make the case that a :60 YouTube comedy is going to inspire an impulsive purchase of a $100,000 piece of hardware, comedy helps corporate videos stand out and be remembered among the clutter. NBC News reports that 72 hours of video content is uploaded to YouTube every minute, so it is becoming more and more difficult to get noticed.
The spot, while completely absurd and ridiculous, helped us amplify an important marketing message during a product launch over three years ago. It earned press coverage in The New York Times, NetworkWorld and other trade magazines; and David Meerman Scott referenced it as a best practice example in his bestselling book Real-Time Marketing & PR.
And here we are, more than three years later, and it’s being presented to a group of B2B marketers and influencers, and the social buzz continues from some of B2B’s top influencers, including Ann Handley, Margaret Molloy and Marissa Pick.
I don’t think Michael Brenner sold any routers for us today, although if he did, I’m sure he’ll DM me about his commission check.