At around £100,000 the production costs were about one fifth that of a 30-second TV commercial.
The pioneering alternative sequence of 10 “e-clip” mini-sketches relied on humour for its impact. It has 'infected' more than 7m people throughout Europe, spreading rapidly from an initial internal Honda audience of 500.
Attached to e-mails, the silent video clips carry understated advertising sign-posting, displaying just the Internet address – www.hondajoymachine.com
After visiting the website potential buyers viewed and sent the clips to kindred spirits, a particularly effective “seeding” process in corporate offices.
Chris Brown, Honda Motor Europe's advertising manager, said: “ It hit people on office Pcs. running riot through major companies. It hit all the Fortune 500 companies with clips flying all over the place.”