Double Rainbow—what does it meeeaaan (for marcommers with viral ambitions)?

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  • January 24, 2011
  • Courtney Lambert
Double Rainbow—what does it meeeaaan (for marcommers with viral ambitions)?

Youtube Video I love Double Rainbow and any mention of the epic YouTube clip makes me super happy and walk around all day saying ‘all the waaaay’ and ‘what does it meaaaan?’ So it was with mixed and curious feelings that I sat back and watched the reaction to the new Vodafone ‘Double’ TVCs from some of my über YouTube community friends.

The Kiwi YouTubers seemed to be very much on the fence. Like me. They weren’t for or against. It’s just jumped the shark. Nobody seemed to care. The most common reaction seemed to be ‘I hope 'Bear' got paid heaps’.

The star of the seriously titled Yosemitebear Mountain Giant Double Rainbow 1-8-10 Guy ‘Bear’ Vasquez could only have come out of the amateur primordial ooze that is YouTube. His video is currently sitting on 24 million views. Surprisingly, it doesn’t even make the Time magazine Top 20 YouTube videos, which I constantly refer people to as an example of why you shouldn’t try to manufacture viral.

The list is a mixture of cute animals, cute kids (of which Treasures recently had a go with on the ‘Laughing Baby’ ads) and stoned unicorns. Look closely, it’s all very amateur and when you un-amateur it (yes that is a word), people can’t be bothered.

“Let’s go to Auckland Zoo and film Jin the otter holding hands with another otter. It will be awesome and go viral.” You just wouldn’t do it. But there it is, number 17 on the YouTube top 20.

So, what do you think of Vodafone's Double Rainbow?

PS: This little site created by Christchurch’s Layton Duncan from iPhone app developers Polar Bear Farm probably got more reaction on Twitter over the weekend anyway.

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Whittaker's divides the court of public opinion – but all for a good cause

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  • February 22, 2019
  • Caitlin Salter
Whittaker's divides the court of public opinion – but all for a good cause

On Monday, Whittaker’s launched its latest novelty chocolate-lolly mash up with a chocolatey answer to retro bakesale treat coconut ice. The Coconut Ice Surprise chocolate has a twist though, 20c from each block goes to Plunket – a charity which New Zealanders agree is a worthy cause. However, to relate the chocolate to the charity, Whittaker's has built the campaign around baby gender reveal parties, causing a backlash from the public who argue gender norms have expanded beyond blue for boys and pink for girls.

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