I’ve got to admit that I am not now, nor have I ever been a football fan. My favorite moments in any game have always been those all too brief breaks from the action on the field which occur only once every year in February – Super Bowl Commercials. Not only do I fail to follow football, I’ve never been able to join in the office sports banter because I don’t watch “The Game” on Monday Night Football, nor do I care a whit for football stats, scores and/or records.
The really interesting part about most football games are the highlight reels and the “Play of the Game” spots where the true action is – they’re kinda like football commercials. They get us to watch the entire three hour game based on 30 seconds of action shown during highlight reels, making us believe there was that much action the entire game. Uh-uh.
I’ve got to admit that of all football games, the SuperBowl game itself is usually OK for a non-football fanatic like me. The BEST teams, the most action, the greatest half-time entertainment and when there isn’t much action on the field, we cut to – guess what – those cool Superbowl Commercials.
One reason I LOVE most SuperBowl ads is because they cost the advertisers so much money to produce and air, that they polish and perfect those ads until they couldn’t possibly be better (a bit like those game highlight reels). The expensive advertising gets tons of scrutiny from all angles.
Everyone looks at the ads for their creativity and memorability, but SEO Chris Boggs rated the advertisers for their search engine marketing savvy and SEO smarts in a Search Engine Watch review of Superbowl advertiser SEO/M.The New York Times devoted a two page article to the Superbowl Commercials and then they had an extremely long “Fifth Down” blog post reviewing most of the commercials – which drew 100 comments from readers!
There are additional reviews of those commercials offered by ad industry journal “Advertising Age” on their web site. Not only does “Ad Age” offer reviews, they have a collection of articles about those ads every year. This year’s Superbowl commercial articles are here. Reprisemedia did another annual critique of how well advertisers leveraged the web in their Superbowl Commercials in a “Search Marketing Scorecard”(PDF download) and a blog post on the ads by Kate Zimmerman in the Reprise Media “Search Views” blog.
And last, but not least, the big game and it’s marketing hype have drawn scrutiny from the Nielsen Company, who are watching all the hype and analyzing every bit of it. Here’s a YouTube video from Nielsen’s Pete Blachshaw talking about the Super Bowl Marketing machine and announcing a Super Bowl Blog to talk in depth about it all.
I love to talk about the Superbowl Ads. I’ll bet you even remember last years’ best commercials. Give it a shot. Remember “Click a mouse?” The main characters in this Blockbuster Video ad are Carl, the rabbit, who was given voice by James Woods, while Jim Belushi gave Ray the Guinea Pig his voice and comedian Bobcat Goldthwait provides the voice of the poor mouse, the spot includes a closing voiceover from Alec Baldwin.
How do I know this? Because Blockbuster and their ad agency, Doner, were so proud of the ad, they issued a press release the day before the game.
Here’s a quote from the release:
“When Carl and Ray made their commercial debut during the 2002 Super Bowl, they scored the fifth-highest recall among consumers according to research from Ipsos-Reid Express Omnibus. The spot also ranked in the top 10 in popularity in USA Today’s annual “Ad Meter” poll, and the campaign went on to win four CLIO Awards.”
Here’s the ad:
Wow! That’s serious stuff, press releases announcing commercials, online reviews of 50 television commercials aired during the game, consumer research on those ads, SEO commentary and critiques, Nielsen Company scrutiny and analysis, a USA Today “Ad Meter Poll” and advertising industry awards? How often do you see that much hype around a 30 second commercial?
While I don’t particularly care to sit through three hour football games, there is one thing I love about sports on the web – you can follow only those things you have a true interest in – through widgets – without paying attention to all the stuff surrounding the game, including that droning blather by ex-coaches, retired players and “personalities” with endless sports blah, blah commentary.
Below I am showing a group of widgets featuring only the highlights (stuff I care about), which includes game schedules and scores. No Fluff, No Hot Air from tired and retired players, ex-coaches and “tv personalities” – just the facts ma’am. That’s sports the way I like it – only the highlights. Here’s the stuff I care about:
It’s been a few years since an estimated 90 million people watched that Janet Jackson “Wardrobe Malfunction” during her Superbowl halftime show musical performance in 2004. Not to worry, GoDaddy.com provided a wardrobe malfunction parody Superbowl commercial in 2005 providing another spin on that idea and got the ad banned, causing considerable controversy
The domain name seller has run Pay-Per-Click ads which appear anytime the phrase “Superbowl Commercial” is searched. Here’s a page hosting their Superbowl ads. GoDaddy continues to provide a minute and thirty second extended version of the wardrobe malfunction video on their own web site, along with all yearly GoDaddy Superbowl commercials. GoDaddy is set to be on the roster of advertisers for 2008
All the ads can be found at each of the online video sites, including YouTube, iFilm, AOL Video and MySpaceTV.
The online videos can be embedded in blogs and web sites, so not only can you talk about your favorite commercial from the Superbowl, you can show it right on your own MySpace page.
And now I find myself counting the days until Superbowl XLII (42) from Phoenix on February 3rd.