Advertisers love the Super Bowl – and why wouldn’t they? It’s like the Oscars of advertising. They have the opportunity to play on the biggest stage, to be in direct competition for popularity and supremacy against their rivals, the chance to be the one that everybody talks about on Monday – and of course, they bank a ton of dough.
I can imagine the pitches they might give:
- The statistics – “20 Bajillion Viewers!!!”
- The clichés – “Maximum Brand Exposure”
- The competitor leverage – “Well, Budweiser’s doing it”
- The blatant lies – “This is how you build Customer Loyalty”
I like the theatrics and the entertainment value of Super Bowl ads. I appreciate that someone paid $3 million to give me a 30-second exhibition for me to discuss with my co-workers on Monday, I really do. But I have never once in my life actually purchased a product because of their Super Bowl ad – ever. Funny talking babies do not make me want to invest my hard-earned money with your company. Horses playing football are neat, but they don’t make me want to drink your crappy beer.
Give consumers something for Free. Logoed merchandise is inexpensive and can be useful and fun for your audience. A Frisbee, a t-shirt, a mug, or a bottle opener with your logo on it will be used for a long time. The item becomes part of someone’s life, and is a constant reminder of your brand. If you don’t know where to get this stuff, contact me – I have a whole network of professionals that can help.
Write a Blog. Expose your audience to consistent messaging that shows your culture and thought process. Blogs are free, and as newspapers and magazines go the way of the dinosaur, they are a good source of entertainment and education for potential clients.
Make a Video. Consumers like advertising that is honest, tells a story, and shows why something is cool. Marketers like advertising that shows results and can easily be shared. A nice digital video camera costs about $250. That’s $2,999,750 cheaper than a Super Bowl ad. Wilson Football provides a great example of how to use video.
Enjoy the game on Sunday. You’ll have fun watching the ads, but not nearly as much as the ad agencies. When you’re ears are ringing Monday morning, it’s because you drank too much – for them it sounds more like a cash register.