If you have missed the Where the Hell is Matt Dancing series, you’re in for a treat. Watch this one, and then go to www.wherethehellismatt.com and watch the previous two. They have all received extensive play at YouTube, with this latest one getting 2.25 MILLION views in the first few days (it was posted Friday).
Matt made his first video just for kicks. It became so popular that he garnered sponsorship from the folks at Stride gum. (You can go see their flash-tastic site here if you would like your aggravation maximized today.) You know Stride gum – they’re the ones with the hilarious TV commercials where their gum’s flavour lasts so long that people never have to buy any more so Stride has to shut down their factory. Those commercials, like most interruption marketing, are annoying. Matt’s video, like most popular viral content, is delightful.
Why would Stride spend hundreds of thousands of dollars making their inane TV spots, and millions of dollars buying airtime for them? They sent Matt around the world for $50k and got WAY more exposure, and it was straight into their target demographic. It’s frustrating to see a marketer do something so right at the same time as continuing the stale old ways. I guess corporate marketing is still too timid to put all their eggs in a non-traditional basket.