This is a Generic Brand Video

October 28, 2015

Today we thought we would share with you a clever video that made all of us laugh, several times. "This is a Generic Brand Video" was created entirely with stock footage from Dissolve, when they read Kendra Eash's original article on McSweeneys. To nobodys surpirse, they had all of the appropriate footage required. The clever video won them the 2015 Shorty Award for Best in Business to Business.

The campaign resonates with us so much as we are always looking for ways to differentiate brands from the competition. The message underneath all of the sarcasm is clear - authenticity cannot be simulated. When every brand within your industry is claiming to be a global, socially aware company, it's not enough anymore to tell your story through a series of generic stock photos, videos and a few all-encompassing messages. You will become lost. How is your brand walking the talk?


We think first
Of vague words that are synonyms for progress
And pair them with footage of a high-speed train.

Is doing lots of stuff
That may or may not have anything to do with us.

See how this guy in a lab coat holds up a beaker?
That means we do research.
Here’s a picture of DNA.

There are a shitload of people in the world
Especially in India
See how we’re part of the global economy?
Look at these farmers in China.

But we also do business in the U.S.A.
Or want you to think we do.
Check out this wind energy thing in Indiana,
And this blue collar guy with dirt on his face.

Also, we care about the environment, loosely.
Here’s some powerful, rushing water
And people planting trees.
Our policies could be related to these panoramic views of Costa Rica.

In today’s high speed environment,
Stop motion footage of a city at night
With cars turning quickly
Makes you think about doing things efficiently
And time passing.

Lest you think we’re a faceless entity,
Look at all these attractive people.
Here’s some of them talking and laughing
And close-ups of hands passing canned goods to each other
In a setting that evokes community service.

And advancement
Are all words we chose from a list.

Our profits
are awe-inspiring.
Like this guy who’s looking up and pointing
At a skyscraper or a kite
While smiling and explaining something to his child.

Using a specific ratio
of Asian people to Black people to Women to White men
We want to make sure we represent your needs and interests
Or at least a version of your skin color
In our ads.

Did we put a baby in here?
What about an ethnic old man whose wrinkled smile represents
the happiness and wisdom of the poor?


Image: Inspiration Room