Fun + Awesome = Viral

Have you been following the Blendtec YouTube story? Adweek has.

Blendtec, a small Utah blender maker, is a certified cult hit with the YouTube generation, with its product demonstrations drawing 15 million views since debuting in November. Without the marketing budget of larger rivals Hamilton Beach and Waring, it turned to something it’s long done: test blenders by placing in them all manner of unlikely objects. Blendtec created the Will It Blend? series out of such experiments, starring its CEO Tom Dickson.
Thanks to offbeat demonstrations of Blendtec blenders taking on everything from golf balls to glow sticks, Web sales of blenders have tripled, said George Wright, director of marketing at Blendtec. The series is so popular that the company’s marketing department actually turns a profit by doing Will It Blend? demonstrations at corporate events. “[The video] has to be fun and it has to be awesome,” Wright said. “Barring those two things, it won’t take off.”

About David Burn

Co-founder and editor of AdPulp. I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. I worked for seven agencies in five states before launching my own practice in 2009. Today, I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.


  1. This is just great! and to think he didn’t have to pay Madison Ave a big pile of money for what is usually negative return on investment work.

  2. Might be fun, but it’s not that awesome.