In July, Pet food brand Purina teamed up with Buzzfeed to show the unbreakable bond between man and puppy, earning 8 million YouTube views with a strong story-telling campaign.
Purina wanted to take a different approach to the traditional dog food commercial, using a long form YouTube story telling format to create brand (and puppy) love.
Shot inexpensively with an improv-heavy style, the spot follows a mustachioed protagonist learning to love his new puppy that he finds at the pet shop.
At the heart of the campaign is a 3.5 minute short film featuring a man who adopts a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy.
King Charles becomes Queen Charles before picking up the name Chloe.
Chloe learns all about soccer practice, playing the piano, 1980s music, bathroom privacy and the value of miniature landscapes.
The video linked to a ‘Puppyhood’ site that tracked the growing relationship between the loveable pair.
Overall, the YouTube ad was viewed 8 million timess on YouTube. Puppyhood’ succeeds because it doesn’t feel like an ad. Instead it feels like a funny video you’d send to a particularly puppy-happy friend.