VanEck Launches Two ETF Ads Ahead of Possible Monday Launch

VanEck, an investment manager, is gearing up to launch its Ethereum futures exchange-traded fund (ETF), potentially as soon as October 2. As part of its marketing campaign, VanEck has released two TV commercials under the theme “Enter the Ether,” teasing the upcoming launch of its Ethereum Strategy ETF with the ticker EFUT.

The commercials, released on September 28, were accompanied by a press statement from VanEck announcing that the ETF will be listed on the Chicago Board Options Exchange and managed by Greg Krezner, VanEck’s Head of Active Trading. This move has caught the attention of Bloomberg ETF analysts Eric Balchunas and James Seyffart, who believe that the TV ads suggest the launch of Ethereum futures ETFs may happen sooner than expected.

Enter the Ether Ads

The first advertisement under the “Enter the Ether” campaign is a quirky 15-second video featuring actors with deadpan expressions and unusual alien-sounding music. One actor states, “Ethereum. Now in an ETF form. Coming soon.” Another actor adds, “Oh and HODL or Fork Off,” before the “Enter the Ether” message appears. The second ad, lasting 30 seconds, implies a forthcoming shift and highlights how Ethereum’s gravitational pull will entice everyone.

According to Balchunas, as more ETFs gain approval, there will likely be increased marketing efforts from ETF issuers, especially when spot Bitcoin ETFs receive regulatory approval. He predicts that this marketing war will be unprecedented as all ETFs launch on the same day.

In addition to VanEck, financial services firm Valkyrie is also preparing to offer exposure to Ethereum through its existing Bitcoin Strategy ETF, making it one of the first firms to do so while awaiting approval from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Seyffart suggests that multiple Ethereum futures ETFs may be approved next week, potentially influenced by a looming U.S. government shutdown. Currently, there are 15 Ether futures ETFs from nine issuers vying to launch.


VanEck’s release of two TV commercials under the theme “Enter the Ether” signals the imminent launch of its Ethereum Strategy ETF. The ads, accompanied by a press statement, have raised expectations that Ethereum futures ETFs may arrive earlier than anticipated. As the ETF landscape continues to evolve, with increased marketing efforts and a possible marketing war brewing, investors can anticipate more opportunities for exposure to digital assets like Ethereum.

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