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How Ryan Reynolds' Marketing Agency Keeps Making Viral Hits

Ryan Reynolds' marketing agency, Maximum Effort, regularly delivers viral hits. The trick? Bring people together.

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This story appears in the March 2021 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

The scene opens in hell. We see flames. We hear screams. Then the camera closes in on Satan himself — big horns, giant pectorals, bright red skin — as he slumps over on his throne. His phone buzzes. He glances at the screen. "You're a match!" it says. Satan perks up, eyes wide in amazement. The dark lord, it appears, is looking for love on Match.

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Cut to: a bridge underpass, in a park on Earth. There are trees. It is quiet. Satan waits to meet his date. A woman approaches. "Hi, Two-zero-two-zero?" Satan says to her. "Please," she replies, "call me 2020." Then it's montage time: Satan and 2020 picnicking in an empty football stadium, doing yoga in an empty gym, stealing toilet paper and hanging out by a Dumpster fire, and generally setting their hearts aflame as they watch the world burn.

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