Judson Laipply (Evolution of Dance) Promotes Crank Movie

Note to Huffington Post readers: Judson Laipply is the guy that did the “Evolution of Dance” video that remains one of YouTube’s most popular videos (nearing 40 million views). Had he been paid even a fraction of a penny for each view, he’d be able to retire from that video. Thankfully as of Jan.27, 2007 YouTube has plans to pay content creators a portion of ad dollars. They finally took my advice from last July. 🙂

Not sure it will be as generous of a portion as Revver, blip.tv and Metacafe, but the sheer volume of YouTube means this could be a big day for creators like me… the viral video genius

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Now onto the regular post (from last August):

This one’s done well. It’s the second video Judson Laipply posted (his first is an all-time most popular on YouTube). Judson and Pedro (from Napolean Dynamite) dance.
This one’s a subtle promotion for Crank. It avoids, for the most part, all of the 7 Deadly Sins of Viral Video Advertising. Here’s why I liked it:

  1. The title isn’t about Crank- it’s about dancing and borrows on the Laipply fame and Napolean Dynamite
  2. The video is irreverant- shows them dancing together and assures us they aren’t gay
  3. The editing and camera work is virally sloppy
  4. The movie is not the central point- but gets mention early, frequently and with a “call to action”
  5. The best humor comes from Laipply’s self-depricating false ego (and wonderfully awkward moment where they both stop smiling)
  6. It was posted by Laipply not by the promotion team for Crank

I hope Laipply was well compensated for sharing his fame with Crank.

4 Replies to “Judson Laipply (Evolution of Dance) Promotes Crank Movie”

  1. Have to totally disagree with you here other than Laipply hopefully being well compensated for this.

    – The whole thing feels staged rather than authentic in anyway.
    – It does smell like a promo for Crank to me.
    – The dancing is a huge yawn factor.
    – There was a charming honesty in Laipply’s last video (that old it’s funny cause it is true) and I see none of that here.
    – The ‘not gay’ reference was in poor taste. Beyond the fact that it doesn’t matter, I think the viewer is already well aware that they are playing it up.
    – I wouldn’t say it is ‘borrowing’ fame from both, but ‘using’ fame

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