For his 2013 New Year’s greetings, Publicis Groupe CEO Maurice Lévy presents his wishes to all employees worldwide through his now traditional video on the Publicis Groupe YouTube channel.
His speech has been a little on the long side in the past…so, this year he made a superhuman effort to keep it short and to allow viewers to enjoy this video on their own terms.
This year there is one big difference, when you skip forward you’re in for a surprise. He immediately stops his speech and starts shuffling through his notes to find the part of the speech that you want to skip to. It’s just one of the many very human interpretations of the standard YouTube functionality taken for granted today.
There are plenty of surprises planned, such as changing the volume, which gives four different versions of the speech from shouting to normal, whispering or, on mute, Bob Dylan-style written subtitles.
Changing the quality of the video results in six or seven hands doing a live change of the quality of the décor of Maurice Lévy’s office whilst he continues his speech. If you pause the video he keeps himself busy with a range of activities from dusting Cannes Lions, playing PacMan, watching a laughing baby video on YouTube and even recording a new message for Publicis Groupe answering machine. Watch below.