Follow Your INSTINCT

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2009 has to be the year for ad-sponsored online video to go somewhere new.  We need to stop  publishing  30” TV spot and  quit relying solely on the backend plumbers and technologists who just add more functionality to video windows — and, instead, start focusing on the poetry part of the video business: new video narrative structures and applications that will help move the space forward.

Despite those who think we’re in for a video slowdown along with every other form of digital media spend, there’s still room for lots of innovation around video ad units before we all advise our clients that chasing friendships in social networks is the next Holy Grail.

Non-linear video makes most creatives’ heads spin.  The idea of using a pre-roll primarily to tease and then create different ending narratives based on consumer choice or pre-set business rules (as in Visible World’s TV application) is something more akin to gaming narrative than commercial copywriting.  Maybe that’s why so few creative agencies have had the courage to go down this multi-forked road.  Samsung’s “Follow your Instinct” videos on YouTube begin to demonstrate the engagement possibilities of thinking this way.  We just need more agencies writing and shooting this way — and the possibilities for advertisers just multiply.


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