What most Super Bowl ad results studies fail to address is the true effectiveness of the ad. In other words, did it sell stuff for the brand? Only the brand can truthfully tell us that. But that hasn't stopped anyone placing various levels of credence on any study that happens to find its way to a press release.
Not that anyone cares three weeks after the game but a recent study conducted by Sands research using lectroencephalography (EEG) recordings and eye-tracking found VW's Punch Dub commercial to be the top ad. By quite a margin. That ad was followed by Vizio's Frge, Budweiser's Bridge, Google's Parisian Love and Brigstone's Whale of a Tail.
Sand Research Chairman and Chief Science Officer Stephen Sands explained the study's methodology, saying, "By conducting neuromedia analysis based on EEG readings rather than recall or more unreliable instant analysis peripheral measures such as heart rate, we are able to effectively determine the dimensions on which commercials are engaging viewers, and also an ad's chance for success."
Um...whatever. These studies are like advertising awards. They are pointless and mean nothing. The only thing that matters is sales. OK, maybe some squishy brand identity bullshit is fine once in a while when the stock price needs to be tweaked but an ad's "creativity," it's "recall" or its "likability" has little do do with the all important bottom line.
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Ooo! Ooo! Facebook Fan Pages work for marketers! A recent study conducted by Rice University's Jones Graduate School of Business found companies that use Facebook fan pages can increase sales, word-of-mouth marketing and customer loyalty.
The study's researchers, Rice University Jones Graduate School of Business associate professor of management Utpal Dholakia and Restaurant Connections Founder Emily Durham who did the research for Houston-based café Dessert Gallery found the use of a fan page increased store visits by 36 percent, increased amount spent by 45 percent and increased loyalty by 41 percent.
Most effective ad of 2009? Dettol's Surface antibacterial spray according to a TNS Research International study which measured how "motivating" ads are. And this ad does motivate. Mostly by graphically illustrating the problem the product solves - the killing of potentially harmful bacteria in a kitchen.
The survey, which measured more than 250 ads over the year, used an "early warning tool" called Mercury to measure how likely consumers are to buy the product or service after watching an ad. TNS claims the study can determine whether the consumer engaged with the ads and how they felt emotionally when they viewed them.
Paul Baker, the head of Mercury at TNS Research International, said: "In 2009, Swine flu dominated headlines and directly affected a lot of people. The awareness of how to keep the flu bug at bay was exceptionally high and Dettol pitched its ad just right."
We love a solution that involves chemicals. We wonder what Method's Shiny Suds would have to say about this product. Oh wait, let's not go there again.
Here are some pre Super Bowl social media stats from Collective Intellect:
- Doritos leads CPG advertisers with 51% share of voice, Mars second place with 16%
- Denny's leads restaurant advertisers with 50% share of voice, Papa John's and Taco Bell second with 25% each
- Coca Cola leads beverages advertisers with 58% share of voice, Bud Light second with 22%
- Overall, Super Bowl conversations are mainly positive in nature
- The controversial Focus on the Family commercial causes the most pre Super Bowl buzz this year online
- Four out of the six automakers with an ad airing this year make it into the top 10 for early buzz
- Dodge and Honda have the most polarized posts compared to other commercials receiving early mentions
Super Bowl advertisers will be happy to know viewership of the game is expected to hit 100 million this year, up 1.1 percent over 2009 according to IBISWorld. One factor attributed to the increase in viewership is the lagging economy. People are looking for cheaper forms of entertainment and free TV offers that. It also offers a great deal of entertainment considering how good and how bad the ads will be this year.
While the cost of an ad in the Super Bowl fell from $3 million last year to $2.7 million this year, the game still remains the pinnacle of advertising nirvana even in the face of prolific online advertising growth.
Despite the uncertain economy, three out of four Americans are still more likely to research or buy a product after seeing it advertised during the Super Bowl, according to a study of 1,000 Americans fielded by Venables Bell & Partners.
Of respondents polled, 40% were optimistic about the future of the economy in 2010; 24% pessimistic; and 36% unsure. However, the majority of consumers state that advertising in the Super Bowl is responsible vs. irresponsible, and 64% would be disappointed if advertising during the game disappeared.
When asked what they were most likely to discuss the Monday after, Americans are just as likely to discuss ads, as they are plays. In fact, 66% still remember their favorite brand advertiser from last year's Super Bowl while only 39% remember who won the game.
Advertising more memorable than the game? Love that!
Last week, PubMatic released a study which found industry ad pricing levels have increased 35 percent since the beginning of 2009. Pricing for ad inventory sold through indirect channels such as ad networks and ad exchanges has increased every month, gaining 47 percent since the end of January.
The study reports that while 2008 experienced record lows in online ad pricing, 2009 has shown consecutive ad price growth for every month this year ranging from 3 percent to 15 percent per month. You mean Santa will be bringing presents this year? Please, say it's true.
- Random hot ad of the day with Argentinian actress, singer and model Luisana Lopilato
- All you ever wanted to know about Gen Y and why they're not victims of a coddled upbringing but victims of a poor economy.
- Check out this Huffington Post interview with Alex Bogusky during which he talks about the long term economic impact of social media on traditional media.
- Sounding quite a bit more blabble-mouthed than his "Beuller? Bueller?" days, Ben Stein is featured in a new commercial for online credit service FreeScore.
As part of his research project "about the future model of advertising" for thesis work at the Berlin School of Creative Leadership, AlmapBBDO Creative Director Sergio Mugnaini created a Mad Men-themed online research survey that's very cool. The survey takes scenes from Mad Men and dubs the survey questions right into the scene. Way more interesting than page after page of plain text. Ingenious, actually.
Research. You gotta love it. It can support whatever point you want to make and it can reiterate important findings even if an almost identical study has been done prior resulting in the same findings.
More than fifteen years ago, Fortune (as well as many others over the years, one would assume) commissioned a study which found the money spent on marketing directly effect brand perception, stock market prices, cash flow and bond ratings.
These studies are great for agencies pitching marketers on brand-building campaigns that are easy to create, easy to manage and make the agency a lot of money without having to actually move any product or prove the campaign had any immediate effect. [Ed. I know. I used this strategy many times to get companies to spend boatloads of money on frivolous "branding" campaigns.]