CNY 2020 videos ads analyzed: 15 facts & figures you need to know

Which are the most liked and disliked Chinese New Year video commercial in 2020? Read on as we analyze further and breakdown into 15 interesting perspectives.

This is an analysis based on the top 20 CNY video ads in Malaysia 2020 we have compiled earlier on 27 January 2020 (CNY day 3), so the data could be different by the time you read this.

Just to recap, all the videos must have more than 100K views on YouTube to be considered. Anything with less than 100K views for a brand festive commercial is quite unacceptable.

Also, you might need to understand the following terms before you start:
  • Like Ratio = Likes ÷ Total Engagements
  • YT Score = (Likes ÷ Total Engagements - 0.7) ÷ SQRT( POWER 0.7,2) ÷ Total Engagements )
In short, YT Score is a balanced approach to compare Like Ratio across the videos with varying degrees of engagement counts.

Story-telling video commercial

1. Story-telling is the popular choice of brands & video producers

There are a total of 48 local CNY video ads (with >100K views) being recorded in 2020.

  • 17 of them are story-telling (3 of them are inspired by true stories)
  • 15 of them are standard commercial
  • 7 of them are short commercial (30 seconds or lesser)
  • 5 of them are drama / comedy style
  • 4 of them are music video

2. Story-telling video ads are well-received by Malaysians

More than half of the top video ads (ranked by YT score) are story-telling style.

  • 6 out of top 10s are story-telling video ads
  • 11 out of top 20s are story-telling video ads

3. Top 3 "story-telling" video ads by YT Score

4. Top 3 "standard commercial" video ads by YT Score

5. Top 3 "short commercial" video ads by YT Score

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    • We cannot really gauge the Like Ratio or YT Score for short commercials as there is too little time to react (like or dislike) within 30 seconds.

      Also, short commercials are meant for brand recall, instead of engaging the audience emotionally.

6. Top 3 "drama / comedy" video ads by YT Score

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    • While some of the drama / comedy video ads score high in Like Ratio, the total engagements are quite low hence YT score is low too.

      For example, Pizza Hut with more than 5.7M views but there are only 67 engagements on its CNY video, which is really odd for a video with more than 4 minutes.

      Is drama / comedy style a double-edged sword, or is it hard to execute to perfection?

7. Top 3 "music video" ads by YT Score

8. Top 3 video ads by Total Views

This is basically the ranking of brands with the most YT ads budget this CNY.

9. Top 3 video ads by Total Likes

10. Bottom 3 video ads by Total Dislikes

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    • Yes, 2 of the video ads above are also in the top 3 likes chart. However, there are only 121 dislikes on the TNB commercial so that you know.

11. Top 3 video ads by Total Engagements (Likes + Dislikes)

12. Bottom 5 video ads by Total Engagements

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    • To be fair, short commercials with 30 seconds or less are excluded from above. In fact, all videos above are more than 1 minute in length.

      With each of the videos above recording a few hundred thousand views on YouTube, the engagement rates of less than 0.01% are really low.

      This could be due to the video content not being interesting, advertising configuration is not set up properly, the brand is not well-known in the market yet, etc,

13. Top 3 video ads by Like Ratio (Likes ÷ Total Engagements)

14. Bottom 3 video ads by Like Ratio

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    • Just take a look at the videos above and they seem so "old school". In fact, these are the only videos with less than 70% like ratio out of all commercials. Perhaps it's time to change and adapt?

15. Even Watsons Like Ratio has dropped

Watsons launched a very successful video campaign back in 2016 with its catchy tone based on #HappyBeautifulYear 扮靓靓 theme.

The similar theme has been extended over the years all the way to 2020:

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    • As you can see above, the like ratio has dropped significantly for the latest edition of Watsons CNY video. In fact, the video gets the most dislikes (2,200) among all the shortlisted videos.

      Even with a strong cast of celebrities, has the audience got bored with the same style over and over again? Or is it something else?



Silver Mouse: CNY 2020 videos ads analyzed: 15 facts & figures you need to know
CNY 2020 videos ads analyzed: 15 facts & figures you need to know
Which are the most liked and disliked Chinese New Year video commercial in 2020? Read on as we analyze further and breakdown into 15 interesting perspectives.
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