Though deep into the bosom of August, I thought todays Monday Marketing Masters session showcasing a 2013 Christmas campaign featuring Canadian airline WestJet would shake us out of our summer doldrums. Here you will see an example of viral video happiness so fabulous and heartwarming, so filled with generosity, shock and awe, that viewers can’t help but share. Hence a viral video ad campaign that as of today has been viewed over 36,000,000 times across multiple platforms. For a reason.
Granted, as a small business you might not have the massive ad dollars it would take to create a video of this sort, to publish spots on major channels, not to mention the costs of…well I don’t want to give it away, you’ll have to watch; HOWEVER, there are some absolute take-away’s from this campaign that can be applied to a brand of any size.
WestJet continues to pump out innovative and out of the box videos, which since the success of the WestJet Christmas Miracle campaign, now command a much larger and viral following of their own, thanks primarily to the great success of this one.
See for yourself:
Are you too weepy to read the take-aways? If so, go dry your eyes and continue reading
Monday Marketing Masters take- aways, (aka the 4 key ingredients of a viral video):
- Create Goodwill and give generously
- Create something remarkable
- Make em cry
- Make it really easy to share
Monday Marketing Masters is a blog series of what I have found to be the most creative, fun, often funny, often off
the chart marketing campaigns out there today. Designed to inspire you, small business man/woman, to think outside of the lines, create a differentiator and be remembered. If you missed the first few in the series, come here and catch up.
Have you stumbled upon a marketing campaign or strategy that sticks in your mind? Let me know in the comments and if I agree that it is feature worthy I will call you out and tweet it ‘til the cows come home. Or the birds fly; whichever comes first.