How Many Engineers Does it Take to Make a Honda Commerical?

by JT McGee

The following Honda commercial:

1) Used zero CGI
2) Required 606 takes
3) Cost $1.5 million to produce.
4) Ran as part of a $9 million total cost ad campaign.

According to Wikipedia, it may have been the most successful TV advertisement campaign in automotive history. The ad was a hit instantaneously. The company recorded more traffic to its website in the 24 hours that followed its debut than all other automakers received the entire month!

But website traffic is only half the battle. The company received 250,000 unique visitors to its site, 10,000 requested more information about the Accord, or a DVD of the commercial itself.

Stuff You Should Read

American Migration Reaches Record Lows – Who wants to move in a poor economic cycle?

Boobs are the key to female success, according to FinancialUproar. Lots of research here, although knowing Nelson I really doubt it was “hands on.”

DollarVersity explains why shouldn’t use H&R Block to file your taxes. People—you hire accountants because they’re legal tax cheats, not to fill in forms! You’re not getting any bang for your buck when you hire non-accountants to do the mindless repetitive.

Got balls? 101Centavos has some ideas about dividend paying European oil stocks. Smart thinking! Oil is priced globally, but investors are discounting all European firms right now, regardless of industry. has a cool post about the stupid things people do online related to relationships. Did you know 26% of people Google someone they’re interested in? Me neither!

Latisha at YoungAdultFinances says you gotta create a “vision board” for 2012. Great idea.

The College Investor published a post titled “Why I don’t care about yield.” Yield can get lost. So can dividends, since I don’t like dividends.

Darwin has an interesting post about why companies announce layoffs super early. His thesis makes sense to me, very interesting.

Companies are opening earlier and earlier for Black Friday. Employees, however, are having nothing to do with it.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Hunter - Financially Consumed November 18, 2011 at 22:32

That is an extraordinary commercial, and targeted perfectly towards the Honda buyer. So, did it really ake 606 attempts, or is there a little CGI action going there?


tom November 19, 2011 at 11:24

He’s absolutely correct, not one computer generated image:

Such a great commercial. The OK GO videos always remind me of this commercial.


101 Centavos November 19, 2011 at 06:54

Thanks for the mention, JT. That is one crazy ad.


Invest It Wisely November 19, 2011 at 16:34

I remember that commercial; those are a lot of attempts!


LaTisha November 19, 2011 at 17:24

Thanks for the mention! That video was awesome! I especially like their song of choice 🙂


Darwin's Money November 20, 2011 at 15:34

I did love that commercial – definitely paid off!
thanks for the mention!


Robert @ The College Investor November 20, 2011 at 16:35

Thanks for the mention! Cool commercial.


PKamp3 November 20, 2011 at 21:36

Got to love Engineers.

Yeah, that study was a bit depressing. Someone should delineate the difference between being creepy and showing interest (Finding on Facebook right away? Googling?). How long should one wait before sending a romantic interest a Facebook Friend request?


Leave a Comment


Previous post:

Next post: