Last Christmas, this was Fiona’s favourite song (and video):
She could not get enough of it, and spent a lot of time doing her own version of ‘criming‘. It wasn’t long before my husband and I were sick unto death of the song, but of course Fiona wasn’t, which meant that I kept having to pull it up on YouTube.
Social media/pop culture junkie that I am, I couldn’t help noticing it was really racking up views: In December, the video had about 10 million views; by January, it was up to 13 million; by the summer (when Fiona was less interested but it was still in her YouTube playlist), it was up to 20 million.
This kind of long-term traction is very unusual for YouTube: Sure, sometimes a video by an unknown person goes viral and gets a few million views in the span of a week or two; once in a while an older, hitherto-unnoticed video (typically of something super-cute) gets featured on Gawker and gets a couple of million views. But it’s rare to see a video by an unknown continuously generate millions of views, 2+ years after it was first posted, especially if the original poster isn’t producing much other content and isn’t actively promoting their personal brand.
Then I started to wonder: Here’s this guy, dancing alone in his studio apartment in Germany, racking up millions of views – and for what? Other people have turned their talking dogs into whole careers, so why is this guy basically MIA even as his video is doing what every serious YouTuber wishes their video would do.
Turns out someone else was paying attention, too: He recently turned up in this Deka ad in Germany.
Esoteric back story only interesting to serious YouTube fangirls? Maybe. But it’s still an interesting ad you’ve never seen.