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Rebecca Black’s ‘Black Friday’ commercial for Kohl’s

ED’S NOTE: This post reflects my interest as a marketing student in advertising, search-engine optimization, and viral marketing. No agencies or products are endorsed. The opinions expressed here are mine and in no way reflect the opinions of my employers.

Leave it to American advertisers to resurrect from the dead one the most mocked viral videos ever and turn it into an equally irritating Black Friday commercial — because that day isn’t maddening enough.

At the urging of someone who shall remain anonymous, I am doing a post about Rebecca Black’s Friday song turned into Black Friday for Kohl’s Department store.

This is it. This is all I’m doing.

It’s infectious!

 

~ Anonymous J’s Pages reader

 
Yes, yes, it is. Infectious like the chicken pox — or herpes.
 

 

At the time of this writing, this nearly insufferable clip on YouTube had 41,535 views, 486 likes, and 576 dislikes.

Go Team Dislike!
 
RELATED: Rebecca Black’s official Friday video.


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Weird Al does Lady Gaga: The ‘Perform This Way’ video

I heard about this earlier from a better-connected journalist, but I didn’t get a chance to post it until now.

Behold! Perform This Way by Weird Al Yankovic.

Here’s some background for the Little Monsters: Weird Al wanted to do include his parody of the Lady Gaga song Born This Way on his new album. There was a failure to communicate, and well, long story short, now there’s a new video going viral.

At the time of this writing, Perform This Way has 465,322. Trey Barrineau says when he broke the story Wednesday that the video had 300 views on YouTube.


Dog-eat-Dorito world

ED’S NOTE: This post reflects my interest in advertising as a marketing student. It does not endorse any product, services or agency. The opinions expressed here are mine and in no way reflect the opinions of my employers.

I was cleaning out my terribly neglected RSS reader today when I found myself scrolling through Unruly Media’s Viral Video Top 10 Charts, which can be a real time suck for me as I watch the videos and try to figure out why each one appeals to so many viewers. It would be great if I assembled all of this analysis into coherent blog posts, but by the time I’m done watching said videos, it’s time to study/go to work/feed the dog/scoop the litter box/save the world/floss.

Today I got sucked in by the Dorito-eating pug featured during Super Bowl Blah. The video “Pug Attack” is one of the Crash the Super Bowl 2011 finalists, the Dorito-Pepsi Max contest that offered a $25,000 prize to each of the winning  consumer-made spots — and $1,000,000 if the video took first place in USA TODAY’s Ad Meter. (“Pug Attack” tied for first place.) I had seen this prior to the Super Bowl, so it’s certainly not new to me (or anyone else). I watched it four times today trying to figure out the appeal. Yes, the dog is cute and the guy is goofy, and the score certainly builds anticipation for a silly climax, but that alone shouldn’t smell like advertising success, does it? Yep, it does.

At the time of this writing, Viral Video Chart is reporting that “Pug Attack” had more than 40,000 “shares” on Facebook, 917 tweets and 34 blog posts. Meanwhile, YouTube reports 2,200,000 views.

Apparently I’m not the only person who enjoys mocking her pets with snack food.