The advertising got off to a very slow start, which is unusual. But then it did kick into gear right after the halftime, and then gave us some real treats. I'm not sure that it was a standout year by any means, but there were some highlights for sure.
Best in show? I did have to formulate my opinion right away ... didn't really have time to soak it all in since I was already on Fox & Friends First this morning at 5:20amEST, giving my picks for Best in Show. But it was rather easy since my Twitter party last night at #SBExp gave me lots of fodder. (thanks to everyone participating) Here's how I broke it down:
Ram. The truck brand gave tribute to the American farmer, showing us a lesson in good branding in the process: always put your customers first. Honor them and they will honor you.
Tide. With perfect storytelling that combined humor with drama, the brand delivered the surprise ending of the night, complete with benefit, and tied to the spirit of this mega sports event.
Budweiser. Great example of leveraging brand equity by taking it to another level with a new emotional connection. Scored high with women, 46% of the Super Bowl audience.
What's the common theme here? A compelling story that engages and speaks directly to the target market right in the viewing audience right in that very moment. Spot on timing across the board.
What's your experience? Jim.
President, Cohn & Wolfe NA
Author, The Experience Effect series
PS - I do have to give an honorable mention to Cohn & Wolfe client, Speed Stick. The brand's first ever Super Bowl spot is complete with a strategic social media layer for #HandleIt. I had a #HandleIt moment myself this morning, when I was on Fox & Friends First!