First Look: Skype First Ever TV Ads Coming – Preview on YouTube


Skype, a subsidiary of eBay, in another move to establish themselves as a standalone business will soon run TV ads branded only as Skype.

We hear from a source that Skype is close to distributing its’ first ever global TV advertising¬† campaign as well as an online, social media campaign.

After digging around we confirmed the story and found this video on YouTube and sources say it will be airing on SkyTV starting tonight.

Here is Skype’s first TV advertisement.

My Angle: Good copy strategy. Happy parents sharing their big news of their daughter Laura. Played up the demographics perfect – young parents communicating online to older generation, baby boomer grandparents. Love the sound of the Skype “ding’ in the beginning – I actually went to look to see who skyped me, brilliant. Excellent use of showing the product in action with the video call and TV screen – showing more mainstream usage rather than alpha geek users. My only suggestion for improvement would be to add a call to action for those not familiar with Skype.

What do you think about the direction and the ad?¬† What’s your “Angle”?

John Furrier

John Furrier is founder, co-CEO, and Editor-in-Chief of SiliconANGLE, a new media company covering the intersection of computer science and social science. Furrier is also the co-founder and CEO of CrowdChat a social media platform for large-scale group conversations over hashtags. In addition to SiliconANGLE John runs Broadband Developments a private incubator and investment firm for creating new startups. Furrier lives in Palo Alto, California with his wife and four children.


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  1. Skype is expanding like the solar system! Incredible.

  2. Skype ROCKS! oops.. speaking of that, I forgot to turn mine on this morning! :)

  3. Skype is growing fast and has since it's founding. Free service that works great is what makes that work.

    >400 million users and they are adding over 350k new users per day.

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