Scotts Miracle-Gro Canada / Weed B Gon
SilverBest Digital Engagement
Scotts wanted to show that the faster you treat weeds with Scotts Weed B Gon, the less annoying the weeds will get, and the better off your lawn will be.
So we partnered with Google, to re-imagine something else annoying — pre-roll ads — and turned them into an interactive product demo, by tweaking the functionality of the ‘skip ad’ button.
The pre-roll starred an annoying weed character named Prickly, who was so annoying, you’d want to kill him.
At the 5 second point of the video, the ‘Skip Ad’ button popped up, giving viewers a chance to skip our pre-roll. But, we also gave viewers a second option. A button that would let them ‘Kill Prickly’.
If viewers clicked ‘Kill Prickly’ instead of skip, they got to jump ahead in the pre-roll, to the point where Weed B Gon is used to kill the annoying weed.
Giving viewers a choice worked. While most pre-roll ads are skipped in the first few seconds, only 2% of all Prickly viewers chose to skip the ad. Instead, 98% of all viewers made it through the full ad, making it one of the most successful pre-roll ads ever.
Using pre-roll in a unique and innovative way helped us to land Scotts’ message, while giving viewers a fresh way to interact with our brand, and learn exactly how it works.
Creative Director: Mark Scott, Aaron Starkman, Dre Labre, Ian Grais, Chris Staples
Art Director: Mark Scott
Writer: Aaron Starkman, Dan Szczepanek, Peter Gardiner
Broadcast Producer: Vanessa Birze
Production Company: Alter Ego
Director/VFX Artist: Darren Achim
Colourist: Cem Ozkilicci
Director of Photography: Mark Peachey
Executive Producer: Cheyenne Bloomfield
Line Producer: Jeff Schwartz
Editor: Kyle McNair, Married To Giants
Post Production House: Alter Ego
Audio House: Keen Music
Audio House Producer: Kai Koschmider
Engineer: Andrew McCready
Account Manager: Marie Lunny, Lindsay Riklis