It's a storm in a coke can.
The 2014 Super Bowl achieved a record breaking 111.5m viewers, making it the most watched event in USA history, just scraping past the 111.3m who watched the Super Bowl two years ago.
Of course the Super Bowl isn’t just about the football, it’s about the adverts. In fact much of what we read relating to the big game in the UK is mostly about the marketing: ‘it costs $4m per advertising slot’, ‘Scarlett Johansson and Soda Stream banned’, 'David Beckham and H&M gamble with t-commerce’ and one story involving Coca-Cola that you can’t have failed to notice…
Coca-Cola’s unveiling of the controversial ‘Big Game’ commercial that carries the hashtag #AmericaIsBeautiful, in which the traditional American song ‘America the Beautiful’ is sung in nine different languages: English, Spanish, Tagalog, Mandarin, Hindi, Hebrew, Keres, French and Arabic.
A predictable storm of protest followed from the Conservative quarters of the USA, with many right-wing pundits and politicians choosing to take the ad as a provocative blow to their ideals and all the things they perceive to be ‘American’.
Albeit one from the most famous, American corporation on the planet.
How has this controversy affected the brand? How does the advert itself stack up against the competition in terms of online sharing; a barometer of general opinion away from the political world?
Touchstorm has sent us over some data from its Super Bowl Video Scoreboard that tracks the #AmericaIsBeautiful controversy over YouTube, in terms of post-Super Bowl shares, comments and likes. But first, a little insight into the controversy...
It's Friday, and you know what that means... Stats!
This week it includes content marketing at the RFU, Christmas shopping, the Super Bowl, live chat on ecommerce sites, and online gambling.
And for more digital marketing stats, check out our Internet Statistics Compendium.
Scroll down to see the entire list, but first, here are the major stats.
According to Unruly’s Viral Video Chart, Budweiser’s ‘Puppy Love’ was the most shared ad of Super Bowl XLVIII with close to 1.4m shares so far. This makes it the sixth most shared Super Bowl ad of all time… so far.
The Anheuser–Busch InBev brand also took the second spot and has finally eclipsed Volkswagen as the most shared brand of all time. Although Volkswagen’s Star Wars themed ‘The Force’ still sits at number one in the top 20 most shared Super Bowl ads of all time chart.
This is the second year running that Budweiser has topped the table. Last year’s ‘Brotherhood' advert is currently the third most shared Super Bowl ad of all time, with 2.8m shares. 1.5m of which it achieved by Super Bowl Monday.
H&M is set to launch its entry into the nascent world of ‘television commerce’ during this Sunday’s Super Bowl.
The interactive, 30 second-long ad starring David Beckham will be screened during the second quarter of Super Bowl XLVIII and will allow viewers the chance to purchase the featured products via a Samsung Smart TV. It’s the first of its kind.
It’s an intriguing gambit and one that all marketers, advertisers and anyone with a keen interest in David Beckham running around in his underwear will be paying particular attention to.
If anything it’s certainly raising H&M’s profile ahead of the big game, where the biggest brands in the world fight for the attention of 108m viewers (2013 viewing figures) and can pay up to $4m for the privilege. In fact sneak previews of Super Bowl ads began to appear a couple weeks ago, such is the feverish building-up of anticipation.
H&M's experiment with t-commerce raises a few questions: Is H&M really the first to do this? What are the restrictions of t-commerce? Will t-commerce have a future?
Let's see if we can answer those questions here.
Its pre-game teaser time, with the YouTube channel Ad Blitz currently showcasing excerpts from some of the major brands’ 2014 Super Bowl adverts.
The Super Bowl itself (number XLVII for anyone counting or able to understand Roman numerals) doesn’t happen till 2 February, but that hasn’t stopped the hype machine from kicking into gear.
Last week I revealed the top 20 Super Bowl ads of all time according to Unruly and discovered that 60% of the most shared ads of all time were launched before Super Bowl Sunday, thereby using word-of-mouth and early publicity to generate extra shares. In fact seven of the top 20 ads used teasers to build hype.
Marketers are clearly learning tactics from major film studios, where big event films can be teased a year or more before their release, even before a single piece of footage has been shot.
In honour of Super Bowl XLVIII, the Wildcats at Unruly have shared with us their latest research on Super Bowl ads and have also revealed the top 20 Super Bowl ads of all time.
Last year’s collection of Super Bowl ads attracted twice as many shares as the previous year, in fact the number of video shares has grown 30x in the last three years. The trend is set to continue in 2014 with brand new ads from Budweiser, a British villains themed Jaguar ad and a Scarlett Johansson starring SodaStream set to be unveiled.
Here are some of the highlights from Unruly’s research, followed by the top 20 Super Bowl ads of all time.
Coca-Cola has achieved some notable successes in digital marketing, not least its massive following on social media and various polar bear campaigns.
As such I thought it would be interesting to round-up 10 of its most interesting digital initiatives, some of which involve massive global campaigns while others are unique local examples.
This post follows on from similar articles focusing on McDonald’s and Nike.
And for more information on Coca-Cola’s digital strategy, checkout our blog posts looking at how the brand uses the four main social networks and how it used co-creation to crowdsource marketing ideas...
The Super Bowl is arguably the most important day in advertising, and every year, as much attention is focused on Super Bowl ads as the game itself.
With social media such a big part of brand advertising today, it's no surprise that many observers pay close attention to how social media is used by brands in conjunction with their multi-million dollar Super Bowl ads as outlined in our earlier Super Bowl post.
Super Bowl Sunday is no stranger to surprises. With brands spending countless millions on Super Bowl ad campaigns, doing the unexpected or revealing something new on America's biggest day in sport is a no-brainer.
One of yesterday's surprises came courtesy of an ad Paramount Pictures ran for the new Star Trek movie, Star Trek: Into Darkness.
A quick look at revenue growth over three years shows that companies loved by their clients grew more than twice as fast as Super Bowl advertisers.
The NFL has built one of the smartest businesses in broadcasting. In an otherwise fractured media landscape, its weekly games routinely top viewership ratings. CBS, NBC and Fox all carry its games – showing meaningful brands are more influential than the undifferentiated reach of networks.
But it’s the Super Bowl that is the NFL’s finale. In 1967, a thirty second ad in Super Bowl I sold for $40,000; today that same spot costs $3.7 million.
Forbes points out that this growth record beats the S&P 500 (10.3% to 6.3%), and that it has been more consistent than the rise of stock prices over the same period.