I love the ad that was put together for Google Maps because it works off the humor of the web, therefore it picks up virally and people forward this around to other users. It’s also very short and to the point, and we all know the attention span of the web user is only about 7-8 seconds. The beauty of user-generated content is in the production quality. Though much less expensive than the traditional model for creating an ad, it still packs the creative punch of any big budget effort.-- Cory R Treffiletti, SVP, engagement architect, Carat Fusion
While strange, this consumer-generated clip for Google Maps is ever so cleverly relevant. And it rivals the production level of other guerilla video ads (like the outrageous series of non-sanctioned VW ads that spread across the web in recent years.)
As video equipment gets cheaper and digital production software becomes easier to use, I think this trend will spread. But what will the brands think?
There are a lot of brands scrambling to control their public image as the means of media production descend into the waiting hands of common folk. Perhaps such brands should read today's Media Maze for advice on handling this transition. For the rest of us, keep an eye on your email inbox for the next video forward and enjoy the show!
-- Mario Sgambelluri, managing editor, iMedia Communications