Viral Friday: Sales Guy VS Web Dude
Viral Friday is the weekly viral video chart of ViralBlog, showing the 10 most popular viral videos, commercials or user-generated videos, carefully selected and ranked by popularity, viral impact & spread.
This weeks Viral Friday #1 position goes to Sales Guy VS Web Dude. Follow this conversation between a sales guy and a web dude, “what a f*cking day”… The runner up spot is for JCPenney with Speed Dressing. This fake commercial won a bronze lion at the Cannes 2008 Film Festival, but the chief marketing officer isn’t very happy. Heinz Deli Mayo completes this week’s top 3. Heinz has pulled a commercial featuring two men kissing each other and apologized to viewers after more than 200 complaints to the advertising watchdog.
Do you want to see this week’s list from 1 to 10? Go on then, and have a look! We’d like to hear your opinion about the virals. Have fun!
1. Sales Guy VS Web Dude
“After much taping, editing, deleting, drinking and swearing we are proud to present… Sales Guy vs. Web Dude! A mashup of true and mostly-true stories from IT hell. If you’ve ever called tech support and wondered what the hell they are doing down there… well, this should answer some questions for you.” Enjoy the hilarious video and don’t forget to check their website thewebsiteisdown.com. Credits go to Josh Weinberg, for creating the video and being the web dude and Casey Cochran as the sales guy. (Source: YouTube)
2. JCPenney: Speed Dressing
The above commercial looks like an ad for JCPenney, but it isn’t. It’s a fake commercial that won a bronze lion at the Cannes 2008 Film Festival. You’d say the clothing retailer would be happy with all the attention after all but they aren’t. Mike Boylson, chief marketing officer for JCPenney, says:”It’s obviously inappropriate and nothing we would ever condone. We’re very disappointed that our logo and brand position were used in that way.” (Source: Kineda)
3. Heinz Deli Mayo
Heinz has pulled a commercial featuring two men kissing each other and apologized to viewers after more than 200 complaints to the advertising watchdog. The ad for Deli Mayo was the first from AMV BBDO for Heinz since winning the advertising account from McCann Erickson. The ad has been pulled after less than a week on air after viewers complained to the Advertising Standards Authority that it was “offensive” and “inappropriate to see two men kissing”. (Source: UTalkMarketing)
4. Federer VS The Coach
Swiss professional tennis player Rodger Federer is to star in a TV ad that reveals the secret of his success: ‘The Coach’. The commercial features comedian Rhys Darby, who plays Murray the band manager in cult HBO comedy show Flight of the Conchords, which airs on BBC Four in the UK. In the ad, Darby plays the coach who keeps Federer on his game by testing him when he least expects it. (Source: Brand Republic)
5. Propellerman: Superhero Of Female Desires
Meet Propellerman, the creator of Mega Bang: the one and only product that boosts your stamina for a minimum of 72 hours! With over one billion units sold, Mega Bang is the number one selling product in the market.
6. Car Dance Party Belgium
To promote the new Toyota Aygo in Belgium the Japanese car manufacturer launched Car Dance Party, an hilarious concept by advertising agency Happiness Brussels in collaboration with Studio Brussel. On the website www.cardanceparty.be/ Belgian dance duo’s can download the Car Dance Party tune and upload their version of a Car Dance Party.
7. Be Kanye West
Rap artist and hip hop producer Kanye West stars in a new viral campaign for Absolut Vodka. In the 60 second infomercial the singer promotes the “Be Kanye” drug, which will transform you into Kanye. According to the video, which can be found on bekanyenow.com, users have to take several side effects, like “awesomeness”, “increased appeal” and “heightened sense of style and rhythm”, into account. The site features just very subtle references to the vodka brand, like “Ordering Be Kanye was the ABSOLUT best thing I’ve ever done for myself”. (Source: Exposay)
8. Milland Project
An island in the shape of a windmill off the coast of Holland, just like The World and the Palm Islands in Dubai, united Arab Emirates. That’s what a wealthy sheik hopes to realize by the year 2010. Milland, the name of the to be realized artificial island, will have a race circuit, golf courses, a stadium, office buildings, skyscrapers (with panoramic view on the Amsterdam canals), a new airport and eighty windmills which will supply the energy for the island. The Milland Project turns out to be a hoax an actually is a viral video for Bouwend Nederland, an association of construction companies. (Source: Haarlems Dagblad)
9. Where The Hell Is Matt’s Girlfriend?
Last week Matt Harding made it to the number 1 position in Viral Friday with his most recent video for chewing gum manufacturer Stridegum. CollegeHumor created this hilarious spoof, titled “Where The Hell Is Matt’s Girlfriend?”. Also available: behind the scenes pictures and another spoof on Funny Or Die.
10. Ajax Shirt Swap Action On Leidseplein
AFC Ajax, the professional football club from Amsterdam, Netherlands, has a new sponsor; Aegon. To introduce their new outfit they organized a shirt exchange on a square in Amsterdam. Within several minutes about 200 shirts found a new owner.