Friday, February 27, 2009

How to Become a YouTube Rock Star

There's a good chance that you are one of the 12 million people who watched the recent cult classic YouTube clip, “David After Dentist.” (Note: It seems as though HP is advertising on the clip?) Or maybe you are one of the millions who have watched Tom Dickson, the CEO of the formerly little-known blender company, Blendtec, become a national phenomenon by testing the strength of his product by blending an array of unorthodox objects—from Happy Meals to iPhones (see video).

The viral campaign gave a jolt to consumer sales, and Dickson was even profiled in Chain Store Age as being one of Ernest & Young's Entrepreneurs of the Year in 2007.

But with so many videos uploaded on a daily basis, many just fall through the cracks. So how do you create a video phenomenon online? The Wall Street Journal weighs in with some tips here.

As a side note, take a look at how an ad to buy a blender on pops up after the video finishes. It's just another smart marketing approach from Blendtec.

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