The Big Game

From Tebow to Dylan, Personal Brands Get Props in This Year's Super Bowl Ads

Posted by Dale Buss on February 2, 2014 10:52 AM

Increasingly, some of the most interesting moments in Super Bowl advertising are coming not in what the brands do but what the people do—the people America cares about, anyway. The Big Game has become a really Big Platform for more and more personal brands.

Perhaps none is more surprising that that of Tim Tebow. T-Mobile announced late this week that it would put the controversial ex-Denver Broncos quarterback in one of its two Super Bowl ads. And the brand is doing so in an interesting way that makes Tebow, arguably, the celebrity whose personal brand has been leveraged in the two most disparate ways on game day.

In 2010, recall, Tebow was controversially the star of a Super Bowl ad by Focus on the Family, along with his mom, who had decided against advice to abort him. But in its ad, T-Mobile is performing a bit of advertising jujitsu with Tebow's personal story that isn't likely to offend anyone, picturing him in a variety of fantastical roles—as an obstetrician, a bull rider and a rock star—that he could fulfill without a contract.Continue reading...

The Big Game

Super Bowl Ads See Celebs, Car Brands Take Center Stage

Posted by Dale Buss on January 28, 2014 05:43 PM

No industry has come to define Super Bowl advertising quite like the car business. Automakers, after all, are among the biggest US advertisers and marketers by dollar volume. According to Kantar Media, the auto sector will be the biggest advertiser at the Super Bowl for the third straight year.

“It’s the right place,” Jon Swallen, Kantar Media’s research chief, told Bloomberg. “The Super Bowl attracts a broader audience than core sports fans who are male, skews higher income and is a perfect audience for auto brands.”

While some automakers such as BMW are saving their marketing dollars for the Sochi Olympics and other platforms, at least eight auto brands are planning to use Super Bowl commercials this Sunday as a platform to help achieve their greater goals for 2014—and beyond.

Hyundai and Chrysler, according to Kantar research cited by USA Today, made the top five biggest spenders in the past five Super Bowls, along with Bud Lite and Budweiser parent Anheuser Busch InBev, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola.

This year, 30-second Big Game spot on NBC costs $4 million, according to Adweek, while it has become standard practice to run pre-Game teasers (trailers, in a sense, of the Game Day spot), and viral videos promoted across YouTube, Twitter and Facebook with hashtags. One question is how much the pre-Game sneak peeks and reveals steals the thunder and surprise from in-game ads. A bigger question, for marketers' bosses, is whether watercooler buzz leads to sales.

Here's a snapshot of what auto brands are planning for Super Bowl XLVII, much of which has been revealed already by teasers and even full commercials and related cross-platform, digital and social campaigns. Watch below, and let us know your favorite so far in the comments below.Continue reading...

The Big Game

Enjoy the Super Bowl Tease? Butterfinger May Be Your Best Bet This Year

Posted by Dale Buss on January 16, 2014 07:12 PM

With GoDaddy.com and Axe forgoing their recent Big Game titillations this year in favor of more serious outreaches to their respective demographic targets, a perhaps-unlikely CPG brand apparently will be coming to the aid of Super Bowl viewers who count on some adverteasing along with their football.

Nestle-owned Butterfinger will air its first-ever Super Bowl spot on February 2 for its new Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups, and its teaser suggests that the ad will be what USA Today called "racy." The video online now shows a couple—peanut butter and chocolate—seeking couples counseling for their relational woes.

Among other snippets, the previous patients, cheese and crackers, are seen emerging from the therapist's office fondling a salami and snickering. The therapist jokes with the sweet and salty couple, "Don't you think it would be nice to try something new—and crunchy?"Continue reading...

brand news

Brands to Watch: Boeing, Foursquare, GM and more

Posted by Caroline Smith on December 20, 2010 05:00 PM

Brands to Watch

Adobe creative suite spurs rebound.

Apple's iPhone 4 discounted in Wal-Mart holiday special, following Radio Shack deal.

AT&T spends nearly $2 billion to acquire wireless spectrum from Qualcomm.

Boeing to build 3-satellite system for government of Mexico.

Cadillac taps Laurence Fishburne as its new voice.

Coca-Cola awards $4 million to support active lifestyles, education and environmental programs in North America.

Continental Airlines and Spanair to start codeshare flights.Continue reading...

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