Bed Intruder Gone Viral On Youtube

I love following videos that go viral on Youtube. Bed Intruder was born out of a news report and then auto-tuned and turned into a song by the Gregory brothers.

The original version was released on July 31, 2010 and as of today the video has received nearly 11,000,000 views. That’s over 500,000 views per day on average. The video also has over 300 cover songs which I won’t list here. I’ll be launching another site called Viral Video Marketing where I’ll be showcasing videos that go viral.

“Bed Intruder” in just +/- 20 days has turned Antoine Dodson into a celebrity with a T-shirt line and numerous radio and television interviews. I’m predicting he’ll get a reality show offer when all is finished. The Gregory brothers have numerous news clips and speeches that they have auto-tuned, but Bed Intruder is certainly their new claim to fame. The song is available on iTunes and as a ring-tone. Who knows, maybe I’ll attempt my own cover 🙂

This is just example of how creativity and the Internet can skyrocket traffic to a website, product, or service. I hope to see more cool work from the Gregory brothers. Below is the iTunes version of the Bed Intruder song:

At its peak, the song rose to #3 on iTunes and now sits at #56 on iTunes. Have you seen the Bed Intruder video? What did you think? Do you have a favorite video that went viral? Comment below.

Bed Intruder July 16, 2011 – The Gregory Brothers

Well, it’s been nearly a year since the Gregory brothers launched Bed Intruder…so how’s the video doing today? For starters, the Gregory brothers have created a whole new genre for online videos. Bed Intruder now sits are a crazy 20 million plus views since the video first went viral.

Justine Ezarik – iJustine | Who is She?

This is probably my first article about a specific person I like to follow on the web and probably won’t be my last. If you have not heard or seen Justine Ezarik aka iJustine on the Internet you’ve need to get out from under your rock or stop playing farmville.

Justine is an internet phenomenon with over 1 million followers on Twitter and a world wide audience and over 25 million video views. Justine Ezarik is known as a lifecaster and has produced over 200 videos with a comic style all her own.

From a marketing perspective (going to be repetitive  here) it shows you the power of online video, viral video marketing, and social media and what can happen when you have a creative streak. Justine is not just a pretty blond with a Youtube channel; She’s an accomplished graphic designer, web developer, and video editor. Here favorite food is ketchup. (Maybe that’s where she gets all her creativity)

So whether you’re  just starting out with video or your own Youtube channel or you’ve got some brainy idea you need to try; I’m sure iJustine will give you some ideas and much needed comic relief.

Here are some links for Justine Ezarik and a few videos if you need some inspiration:

PCJustine Video

Crush on iJustine

iJustine Serenade

Ask iJ

Have you watched any iJustine video? if so, what’s your favorite one. Comment below. What other sites or video channels give you creative ideas or comedy relief?

Video Search Engine Marketing

Recently I received an email and video offering a new service and software product allowing the average person to add video quickly and easily to any website. The video pitch goes on to state that utilizing YouTube, Revver, and other similar video services shows visitors to your website that you don’t know how to add video, it’s cheap looking,  and you give visitors the opportunity to click off your website.

I must respectfully disagree. There are numerous reasons why someone looking to utilize video marketing would want to utilize YouTube and similar services:

  • YouTube and Revver type video services get indexed by the major search engines much better than self served video from your own website.
  • YouTube and similar type video services put your video, product, or service in front of a wide and growing audience.
  • If you are using video and not showing up on YouTube or other similar video services you are missing an important marketing avenue.

While one can argue that third party hosted videos give visitors the opportunity to click off your site or check out another video, that’s true of any form of Internet marketing. Whether you’re talking about SERPs, PPC, directories, etc. there is almost always an opportunity for a visitor to go somewhere else.

Video marketing is subject to some of the same principles as other forms of Internet marketing. How well is your video message? Does your video communicate your product or service effectively? Is your website and internal processes set up adequately to take orders, inquiries, or help a potentially new customer?

Hosting and adding video to your personal website is nothing new. Bandwidth pricing is so favorable that you can purchase additional bandwidth to support your videos for pennies. A quick Google search will reveal a number of free and inexpensive tools that will help the average person put video on their website quickly and cost effectively.

What are your thoughts on adding video to your website? Are you using video? Why or why not? Share your thoughts with our visitors.