This year in viral video, advertisers either broke new ground or just got better at old concepts. Red Bull went to the edge of space with Felix Baumgartner's freefall 23 miles to Earth, which certainly qualifies as breaking new ground. On the other hand, Cartier's bejeweled panther was so sumptuous as to feel brand new.
Elsewhere, an independent filmmaker from New York took a refreshing route within the well-tread travel video genre, with a personal and inspiring execution for Nike. Innovation even made its way to Davenport, Iowa and Sweden, where Will Ferrell's rogue ads for Old Milwaukee Beer befuddled everyone.