We’ve been hearing about it for a while now within the digital marketing sphere: video is the way to go in terms of consumer engagement. It is true that video is proving to be a very effective means to attract and engage with a target market and to drive them down the conversion path, but its popularity within digital marketing departments and digital agencies means that there is a danger of this medium being overused. The consequence? We are already seeing the backlash previously faced by paid for advertising in the form of that familiar nemesis – ad blocking.
An interesting column about Harrison Ford in the Guardian last week spoke of his numerous near-death scrapes over the years. Having narrowly avoided crashing the small plane Ford was, appropriately, flying solo, the column likened the Star Wars actor’s life to that of Dick Van Dyke. The comparison was made because of the latter’s numerous lucky escapes and recalled a time when an elderly Van Dyke fell asleep on his surfboard and drifted out to sea. In an incident as bizarre as it was compelling, the Mary Poppins star was saved when a pod of porpoises nudged him back to safety.