The man your man could smell like, Isaiah Mustafa, is back.
The Old Spice adverts were a viral sensation last year, with one of the videos receiving almost 29 million views – making it the most viewed advert of 2010 (the brand’s YouTube channel total upload views currently sit at 184,542,802!). So can they build upon that success or is this a ‘swan dive’ too far for the brand?
The brand successfully used social media last year to interact with consumers and create a buzz around the campaign. This year they’re trying to adopt similar tactics in the hope that they’ll strike ‘advertising gold’ twice.
On January 20th, Old Spice released a short teaser video on YouTube announcing the Old Spice guy’s come back.
On Friday, in another YouTube video, it was revealed that one lucky ‘Old Spice fan’ would be given access to the new advert before anyone else.
Old Spice plan to email the advert to one carefully chosen person in advance of it’s office TV launch in the States on February 7th, the day after the Super Bowl. It is hoped that this person will then promote the advert on their social network.
So can the advert go from an audience of one, to an audience of millions? Probably, considering that the initial, relatively dull, ‘come back’ video has already got almost 600,000 views in a week.
This will be an interesting one to watch for sure.