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Super Bowl Commercials – The battle of the brands

Contributor: David Brim January 31, 2014

It’s that time of the year again! Two teams are going to battle it out this Sunday to earn the right to be NFL Super Bowl champions. My team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, had a disappointing season and fell just short of making the playoffs. Truth be told…I don’t really care about the Seattle SeaHawks or the Denver Broncos, but I’ll still be watching the game.

Why do you ask?

Well, in addition to the fact that it is arguably the most popular sporting event of the year, which for many is reason enough, I will also be watching because of the Ads!

Super Bowl Sunday is the time for brands to strut their stuff just like the players on the field…and they spend a lot of money doing it! About $4 million per 30 second slot to be exact. These brands are advertising to battle for positioning in your mind and wallet…and it is always super entertaining!

The great thing about advertising on the Super Bowl for brands is that they not only get massive exposure during the game, but this exposure leads to a substantial amount of commercials being shared online as well.

Budweiser released their commercial “Puppy Love” two days ago and it already has nearly 25M views. I’ve added a video of Puppy Love later in this post.

Puppy Love - 2014 - Superbowl Viral Video


Now that is impressive! A great infographic on Super Bowl commercial sharing online was created by the team over at Unruly Media. I’ve added a copy below.

Super Bowl 2014 infographic FINAL

Last year I published some of my favorite super bowl commercials ever and some cool super bowl facts in case you wanted to check it out.  I’m hoping that I’ll be able to have some new favorites to add after the Super Bowl airs on Sunday!

Whether or not you’re rooting for Seattle or Denver….let’s all hope for some kick ass Super Bowl commercials! If they are anything like Puppy Love they won’t disappoint!

If you’d like to see other examples 2014 Super Bowl commercials that have been released you can do so on a post recently published by AdAge. You can also head over to Huffington post where they published their list of the top 50 Super Bowl commercials of all time.

Leadership Lessons from a Dancing Guy

Contributor: David Brim June 1, 2013

As a movement gains traction and momentum it often compounds.  It all starts with a leader (innovator)…someone  willing to take a chance at the risk of looking ridiculous.  The first visible follower is an integral part of the success of a movement…as is the second follower.  These early adopters show people how to follow, but more importantly validate to others (early majority) that the movement is socially acceptable.  After the early majority has joined the movement it makes it very easy for the late majority to follow.  Often times those who were hesitant to join a movement due to the fear of being ridiculed ironically join the movement for the same purpose…they don’t want to standout and be the only ones not on board with it.

Adoption curve

Social proof is a powerful force that can work for you or against you.

Recently a colleague shared a video with me that illustrates this concept very well.   It’s well worth watching!

Leadership lessons from a dancing guy

I hope you enjoy it!

Super Bowl Viral Videos – Facts & Favorites

Contributor: David Brim February 3, 2013

It’s that time of the year again…the Super Bowl is upon us!  Regardless of if your team made the Super Bowl, or you even like football in general, one thing that everybody loves about the Super Bowl is the commercials.

My wife’s favorite Super Bowl commercials are always the Budweiser Clydesdale commercials. Here is one of the most recent ones prepared for the 2013 Super Bowl.

One of my favorite all time Super Bowl Commmercials was Terry Tate – Office Linebacker.

For another Terry Tate video – on sensitivity training visit this link.

I also always found this Bud Light commercial to be Hilarious…

And…Who can forget the Doritos Commercials. Here’s a really funny one that aired last year:

Super Bowl commercials like these have the ability to entertain us, but they don’t come cheap.

Super Bowl Ad spending per year

Kantar Media, a provider of strategic advertising intelligence, reports that Super Bowl spending reached $1.85 Billion over the past ten years. I’ve added a chart below that displays the spending per year from 2003 to 2012.

Super Bowl Ad spending

So what is the cost of a being in a 30 second Super Bowl commercial in 2013? Well, according to the New York Times the average 30 second spot is going for $3.7 to $3.8 million with a some of the spots priced over $4 million.

Why Spend this much?

According to Tony Pace, Subway’s Chief Marketing Officer…

You can’t get 110 million people” anywhere else. “That’s an audience we can’t ignore.

If a brand can afford to spend $4M on a Super Bowl commercial…chances are they don’t really need that exposure and are already a well known and successful brand. So why do it?

Let me explain…

There are two main reasons why people advertise, or market in the first place.

1) Direct Response:  A business want to obtain an immediate result typically a phone call, contact form submission on a website, internet purchase, etc.  You reach X number of people and expect X % to convert.  It costs $X to produce and distribute / broadcast the ad.  Direct Response advertisers should also have a grip on how much their average price per sale is and what the life time value of a customer is.  This way they can understand the ROI (return on investment) of their advertising or marketing initiative.  Types of Direct Response marketing tactics could include – SEO, PPC, Infomercials, Direct Mail, On-site sales promotions, etc.

2) Branding:  A business that wants to utilize advertising for a branding purpose wants to “break through the clutter” of marketing messages thrown at a person everyday and carve out a specific positioning in a prospect’s mind.  They also seek to gain “top of mind” awareness so that when you do have a need you think of their brand and the products / services they offer.

The companies that invest in Super Bowl Ads are typically very large companies that are already well-known brands.  They simply want to reinforce their brand positioning, educate key prospects / customers about new offerings, or remain “top of mind” by keeping people entertained and talking about their brand.


Continued Exposure Outside of the Super Bowl Ad Slots

Though $4M may seem like a very large amount of money for a 30 second Super Bowl slot when you consider the amount of people that can be reached during the Super Bowl (110 million+) and the amount of people talking about and sharing the commercials on social networking websites – Advertising through this medium is an amazing way to accomplish the branding goals of big  companies.

Let’s dive in deeper and examine the exposure of Super Bowl ads outside of their Ad slot on the Super Bowl.

The website Viral Video Charts, owned and operated by Unruly Media tracks the hottest “viral videos” on the internet.

Once you visit Viral Video Charts you’re able to see:

  • When a video was discovered
  • How many times it has been shared overall
  • Breakdown of shares per network, or medium
  • Number of shares graphed over time
  • and more!

The Budweiser Clydesdale commercial was just released 3 days ago and already has over 3 million views online and 1 million+ shares.

Budweiser Clydesdale commercial stats

This is quite astonishing when you think about it. Before the commercial was even viewed online it went viral in just 3 short days.

Statistics on Super Bowl Viral Videos

Unruly Media took the time to prepare an infographic, which I added below, that reveals some great social stats on Super Bowl commercials.

Super Bowl  Viral Videos

These stats are quite impressive and reinforce the notion that the value of advertising on the Super Bowl continues overtime, long after the commercial is ran in it’s respective multi-million dollar 30 second ad slot. A perfect example is the Terry Tate commercial I shared above that Reebok originally aired on the Super Bowl in 2003.

I hope that you enjoyed this post on Super Bowl commercials. My team – the Pittsburgh Steelers are not in the Super Bowl this year…they didn’t even make the play offs actually. To make matters worse…the Ravens, one of our biggest rivals, are in the Super Bowl. Blah. Nevertheless, I will be attending a Super Bowl party with good friends and good food. Even if the game isn’t entertaining…I’m sure the commercials will be!

What are some of your favorite super bowl commercials?

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Twitter Movie Trailer…Hilarious

Contributor: David Brim August 14, 2010

As many of you may have heard, the story of Facebook is going to be hitting the big screen in a movie called “The Social Network”.  Here is the link to the official Social Network movie trailer if you haven’t seen it yet.

Recently the internet comedy channel Indy Mogul came up with an awesome parody video- Twitter’s movie trailer.

It has been written: Soon every aspect of social media will have its own parody Social Network trailer.

Other parody versions have already been created for YouTube and MySpace.

I found the twitter movie trailer absolutely hilarious and well worth sharing.

I hope everyone enjoys it as much as myself and those in my office did!

Funny Viral Video Compilation

Contributor: David Brim June 8, 2008

Great compilation of viral videos & concepts from the last few years…It will def bring back memories and it’s really funny, check it out

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