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Relentless virals ain’t viral

March 27, 2006 at 12:09 by Martina Comments

Coca-Cola is supporting its new energy drink Relentless with an online markteting campaign (via Brand Republic). A website delivers the message “No half measures” through videos animations. I like the look & feel of the site kind of artistic and unpredictable. Actually it’s not easy to understand what’s the product they’re trying to promote, and this can be good or bad, depending on how strong the brand is (so maybe in this case it’s bad…).

As said, the site has a lot of video content, which Coca-Cola directly calls “viral 1″, “viral 2″, “viral 3″. I hope it’s a naming mistake… how can you call a video “viral”? First of all, those are teasers (watch this, for example – opens .mov), not real virals. Second users will decide if the content is worth spreading the word, the brand cannot state it’s a “viral” video. Third, the only way to pass the videos to a friend is by copy & pasting the URL into an email, definitely too much a effort to spread the word about a video which is not viral.

2 Responses to Relentless virals ain’t viral

  1. Mario says:

    I couldn’t agree more. I can’t believe they called their videos “viral.” I further comment that the site is really lacking in content of any substance.
    The athlete profiles on the page barely have any relationship to the “No half measures” tagline.
    Any only a two lines of copy actually describe the product they are trying to sell. Nicely designed from a visual perspective, but the campaign could have been a bit better formulated going out the door.

  2. w says:

    idiotic and pointless. why, what for?q

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