GEICO’s Hump Day Ad Has Trended Every Wednesday Since Launch

There’s a lot to love about Wednesdays. You can get two cinema tickets for the price of one in the UK, for starters, plus it means the end of the working week is in sight. Halfway through the weekly grind, or ‘over the hump’ as our American cousins would say, and you can almost taste the weekend.

But US insurance company GEICO has a very special reason to celebrate ‘hump day’. Their ad ‘Hump Day’ has enjoyed extraordinary success since its launch back on May 22, attracting more than 1.62 million shares and 5.3 million views – a very high share rate of around 17%.

GEICO has had huge success before with campaigns like Dikembe Mutombo and Piggy, so it’s hardly surprising that a talking camel celebrating the halfway point of the working week would attract a lot of interest. But what’s most surprising about this campaign, created by The Martin Agency, is when these shares occurred.

The average social video usually attracts most of its shares within the first few days. In fact, according to Unruly’s Q2 report, the most successful ads attract a quarter of their shares in the first three days. So much so that, using Unruly’s ‘Social Diffusion Curve’ (below), you can usually predict whether a video is going to be a success or not by how it performs in its first week.

Video sharing speed

Not GEICO’s “Hump Day”. Unlike the vast majority of branded videos, which usually peak on Day 2 and experience a rapid social decay in the weeks that follow (above), the ad has attracted a huge spike in sharing activity on every Wednesday since launch, continuing to spread GEICO’s brand message week after week.  In fact, more than two-thirds (67.3%) of its shares occur on Wednesdays.

GEICO shares by the days of the week
Monday – 2.6%
Tuesday – 3.5%
Wednesday – 67.3%
Thursday – 16.7%
Friday – 4.0%
Saturday – 3.1%
Sunday – 2.8%

The line chart tracking the number of shares since its launch even resembles a series of camel humps (below).

GEICO analysis

Pretty cool stuff, right? But has it ever happened before? We can only think of two videos which have also attracted such significant peaks and troughs consistently on a particular day.

The first, and I am sorry to bring this up, is Rebecca Black’s annoyingly-catchy music video Friday, which you will not be surprised to learn has enjoyed a burst of sharing activity at the end of the working week ever since its launch in September 2011 (talk about starting your weekend on a low note).

The other is Budweiser’s 9/11 tribute ad from the 2002 Super Bowl, which trends around the same date every year. So what does this mean for advertisers? Can we now expect a flurry of ads named after and celebrating the remaining days of the week in the hope of sustaining their ‘shareability’ beyond the normal early viral peak?

Well, if they are anything like “Friday”, we sincerely hope not!

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