Google Launches Video Ad for TV Effort

Meanwhile, Search Giant's Chrome Viral Gets Spoofed by Opera

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NEW YORK ( -- Google snuck back into the chart this week, but unlike its Chrome browser clip (still one of the best things around, despite its lack of presence), the search giant grabbed eyeballs for a product that doesn't yet exist -- Google TV.

The Google-produced spot (new at No. 9 with over 600,000 views) is essentially an animated tutorial on how Google TV, theoretically, will work. It's a browser that can search and play both TV and web content over your snazzy new $1,500 TV. The aesthetic of the commercial fits into Silicon Valley's incarnate chart-speak, complete with a gravelly voice-over that offers insights such as, "These days, TV can be pretty complicated. Figuring out what you want to watch is hard enough."

It is interesting to note that Google, typically very deliberate and reserved when marketing its own products, would choose to promote something so early. Back in the early days of commercial software development, this practice was known as vaporware -- software yet to be released (and in some cases never made) but publicly pronounced as a way to mark territory.

Google's "Chrome Speed Test" was good enough to get a spoof from tiny rival Opera Software, which pits the browser against an uncooked potato. That video came in at No. 8.

Rounding out the newcomers is Craftsman's "Music Experiment" in the sixth slot. The clip features "music" created entirely on Craftsman tools and edited by one of the most widely watched post-modern cut-up guys in the business, Ophir Kutiel, also known as Kutiman, who came to fame for his "ThruYou" project, one of YouTube's most-watched clips and considered by Time magazine as one of the 50 best inventions of 2009.

The World Cup suffers no weltschmerz this week as Nike holds first place with its "Write the Future" campaign. Pepsi's "Oh Africa" moves up to No. 2 with a 50% increase in views from the previous week. Expect World Cup-themed video ads to dominate the chart over the coming weeks. The question is whether they'll sustain over the course of the month-long tournament.

Last Week Brand Campaign Agency Current Week Views* % Change in Views** Watch the Spot
1 1 Nike Write the Future Wieden & Kennedy 7,719,922 -1% Nike: Write the Future
2 4 Pepsi Oh Africa N/A 1,501,184 +48% Pepsi: Oh Africa
3 2 Toyota The Sienna Family Saatchi & Saatchi 1,195,101 -27% Toyota: The Sienna Family
4 3 Evian Live Young BETC Euro RSCG 931,947 -10% Evian: Live Young
5 10 Fortnight Lingerie Super Sexy CPR Red Urban 889,673 101% Fortnight Lingerie: Super Sexy CPR
6 NEW Craftsman Music Experiment Young & Rubicam 865,957 NEW Craftsman Musix Experiment
7 6 YouTube YouTube Turns 5 N/A 729,984 22% YouTube: YouTube Turns 5
8 New Opera Software World Record Speed Test In-house 664,897 NEW Opera Speed Test
9 NEW Google Google TV N/A 618,759 NEW Google TV
10 7 Old Spice Odor Blocker Wieden & Kennedy 541,782 -7% Old Spice: Odor Blocker
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