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Video of The Day: NASCAR Driver Jeff Gordon Gets His Revenge

With the exception of “make it fun”, the video below (big budget, big star) has few best practices for small to medium sized businesses seeking to marketing with online video. But watch anyway because it is fun!

The passenger in the back seat of this “cab ride” had cast doubt on the authenticity of an earlier video Pepsi produced in which NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon took a car salesman on a “test drive.”   No doubt, the blogger won’t cast the same aspersions about this video.  As you will see — and likely enjoy — he was punked to a degree Ashton Kutcher would loudly applaude.

Very fun. Very revenge. Very served cold!  For that, “Jeff Gordon Gets His Revenge” gets our nod for “Video of the Day!”

Video of The Day: Other Side of Hong Kong

Our Video of The Day literally comes to you via email, as in, our inbox, where a link to the video below came from an unsolicited email from GForceMedia.

  • First, the footage offers yet another spectacular example of how video recorded by drones will revolutionize video production, giving new perspective to long-documented places and events.
  • Second, that GForceMedia (an UK-based production company) found me via YouTube reinforces the social connections that can be made via video.
  • Best practices for online marketing professionals listed after the clip!

 

Best Practices:

  • Use the YouTube notification platform and inbox (the source of our original email)
  • Include a thumbnail of the video in the email (known to increase CTR).
  • Fully leverage YouTube’s social tools by completing your own profile and asking staff members to do the same.
  • Subscribe to channels that are related to your industry and/or product focus.
  • Make sure to tag your video clips with meaningful keywords to increase the likelihood of upstream traffic via YouTube’s “related videos” carousel.

Video of the Day: Lakemaid Beer Drone Delivery

The Washington Post today published an article about a Minnesota beer producer drawing the unwanted attention of the Federal Aviation Administration.  The reason: The video below, which shows a drone delivering a 12-pack of Lakemaid Beer to an ice house on a frozen lake.

Several astute (and presumably informed) commentators quickly noted that there is no way a drone could carry the weight of a 12-pack, but as previously noted here on DC OnlineVideo, the commercial use of drones, is a no-no as the FAA warned Lakemaid, “While we are evaluating many potential uses of [drones] as we move toward their safe integration into the nation’s airspace, commercial operation of such aircraft is not yet allowed.”

Note:  We watched this video on three different websites none of which incorporated a call-to-action at the end of the video that allows a viewers to connect with Lakemaid, or even listed their web URL.  As of this date, that’s 400,000+ missed connections.  But for brilliant and humorous online video marketing, and for drawing the needless ire of the FAA, Lakemaid Beer Drone Delivery gets our vote for Video of The Day.

Video of The Day: GoPro: Red Bull Stratos

Dear readers, we must be candid as the Video of Day here at DCOnlineVideo aspires to continue to make a good use of your valuable time!

For business-to-business marketers (B2b), there is no case-study or best practice lesson from the video below.  But blow a few minutes of your day and watch anyway! It’s breathtaking and sure to evoke a Wow! reaction.

(Tip: If your watching is a distraction from more important tasks… well…  we suggest that you slurp down a Red Bull and tell your boss you had to experience the complete B2C marketing cycle for this campaign!  This is, of course, if a) you aren’t sensitive to energy drinks; b) you don’t have a fear of heights; and/or c) you must to check out the video quality when a GoPro Hero is mounted onto a man (Felix Baumgartner) becoming the first-person to break the speed of sound after free falling from 24.5 miles above the earth.  PS: It’s incredibly HQ!

FYI: (Spectacle aside, this video, released today by GoPro, shows the harrowing descent that almost cost Baumgartner his life as you’ll see when he began uncontrollably spinning in mid-flight).