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Redpill's branded video review: The best branded content of 2016

Nike Football presents

Every fortnight, REDPILL reviews three new or relevant branded videos and assesses the reasons behind their social performance. REDPILL’s rating system scores videos across five categories (awarding a maximum of 20% for each category): originality; on brand; creativity; craft; and shareability. The sum of all five scores produces a rating out of 100%.

Finally, 2016 is ending. One hell of a year for the world, but not a bad one for branded content.

Here are the best three videos according to our ratings from the past year.

Nike - Nike Football Presents: The Switch ft. Cristiano Ronaldo, Harry Kane, Anthony Martial & More

Rating: 100%

Nike’s Euro 2016 campaign was a powerful mix of celebrity, strong narrative and wonderful filmmaking. Branded content rarely reaches these heights, but the cost was well worth it. The Switch is currently clocking in at 58 million views, an ROI that makes even what must have been an astronomical budget worthwhile.

Channel 4 - We’re The Superhumans | RIO Paralympics 2016 Trailer

Rating: 96%

Interestingly, the top two spots of the highest rated content this year have gone to sports content. But they could hardly be any more different. Rather than leaning on the star power of the biggest footballers in the world, Channel 4 used several paralympians’ incredible feats to get people to share.

SickKids VS: Undeniable

Rating: 94%

SickKid’s video deserved about 5 million more views than it received. Whether this was due to poor distribution strategy or one focused more on traditional media, I’m not sure. But this is a piece of content that could have blown up the internet, and it’s too bad it wasn’t given the chance.

The author, Matthew Davies, is a director at REDPILL, a specialist agency working with the world’s most exciting brands. They are regarded as specialists of influencer marketing and branded video, covering content strategy, creative, video production and distribution.