So we paid Ricky Gervais to not make an ad.
Within two weeks, it broke the record for the fastest branded video to hit 4 Million views in Australian Facebook history.
It was the most successful piece of branded content Google has ever seen.
It was the most watched ad on YouTube for Q2 in Australia and the 2nd most watched ad of 2015 on YouTube in Australia and New Zealand.
Interest level in the anti-ad was 6x higher than any previous TV campaign Optus had run, resulting in 165% lift in searches for ‘Optus.’
It was in the top 5 global ads on Adweek and Faster CoCreate, and ran its entirety on ‘Ellen.’
The ad also won a shedload of awards, including a Cannes Lion and Gold LIA.