This ties into the notion that Super Bowl ads are much grander enterprises than merely product selling. These ads are events too, content designed to entertain, engage and hopefully be remembered for years. Get the Super Bowl advert right, and the brand could well have a ‘Terry Tate Office Linebacker’ or ‘The Force’ on its hands; adverts that transcend the very notion of being ‘just an ad’.
US audience figures for the 2013 Super Bowl reached 108m. Previous to that, 2012’s Super Bowl achieved 166.8m viewers, making it the most watched event in US television history. Take that moon landing!
This gigantic audience and the power of content based advertising means that the 2014 Super Bowl is a ticket that major brands can’t afford to ignore.
So grab a big bag of nachos, some fiery salsa, a six pack of Pabst Blue Ribbon, ease back the recliner and click on the image below to be transported to a world where Arnold Schwarzenegger dresses like Bjorn Borg to advertise Bud Light, Pepsi suggests it invented the concept of ‘half-time’ and Don Cheadle hangs around with a llama.
Unruly has a chart of the most popular Super Bowl ads of 2014 so far, so click on the link to see which teasers are faring the best on the run up to the big game on 2 February.