Odd and outrageous humour has been around in advertising forever but it feels like ever since Cadbury went all post-modern with their gorilla and Old Spice began their irony laden assault on the world, that the type of 'knowing', 'Internet' humour present in both these ads has been the go-to style for many brands.
When it comes to video production, advertising, marketing and branding there are certain tropes and ideas that tend to get banded around and eventually overused. Much like in the fashion industry when an idea can be so good and so attention grabbing that it will be lifted from obscurity and the alternative into the moronic ubiquity of the mainstream.
KitKat Australia have taken a very different approach recently, taken a break perhaps? [pause for laugh] They have produced an ad which looks like it belongs on the Staff Picks selection of Vimeo. Illustrator Mike Watt was drafted in to create artwork to celebrate the finale of the white chocolate incarnation of everyone's favourite four fingered treat.
Last time we saw a Heineken viral they were putting their own spin on the video prank genre in a gloriously over the top attempt to find a new apprentice. They and budget busting agency Wieden + Kennedy have returned though with a much glossier effort for another round of Champion's League ad action.
Here's another intimidating statistic about YouTube: 86,400 videos are uploaded to video every day; that's the equivalent of Hollywood making and releasing 302,400 features every week. Of course the content comes in many forms, which is why some of the web videos get so many hits, the viewers are out there for sure.