The Big Game
Posted by Dale Buss on November 29, 2013 10:28 AM
Super Bowl fans have enjoyed lots of classic matchups over the years. Packers-Chiefs in the first one. Jets-Colts. Patriots-Giants. Volkswagen-Hyundai. Pepsi-Coke.
But they’ve never seen two candy-brand heavyweights slug it out with advertising in the Big Game—until this season's upcoming Super Bowl, that is. Nestle plans to inject its new Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups into Super Bowl XLVIII advertising on February 2 on Fox, and Candyland is atwitter with the possibilities for creating a new in-game category rivalry with Mars.
Hershey has dominated the peanut butter-cup business for decades with Reese’s, so new competition in that segment even from another confection that relies on peanut butter—Butterfinger—will be faced with that stranglehold. That’s exactly why Nestle has decided to use America’s largest advertising platform to introduce its new player.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on January 15, 2013 04:01 PM
Some 30-second blocks of Super Bowl airtime are being sold for as high as $4 million — a $500,000 increase from the top seller in last year's telecast, according to USA Today.
The research firm Kantar Media notes that the increase means that the price “is growing at three to five times the rate it did just a decade ago.”
"No one is holding a gun to the heads of these advertisers," Jon Swallen, chief research officer at Kantar, told USA Today. "Clearly, these are price increases the market is willing to bear." Swallen said he thinks the first 30-seconds-for-$5 million Super Bowl deal could air in 2016.
Those tuning in for the cola giants and other brand marketers suiting up for Game Day are in luck: The number of in-game ads has been going up, Swallen said.
One of the brands shelling out that kind of dough is M&M's, which had a much-heralded spot in the last year’s Super Bowl. M&M's won’t release its commercial or details of the ad in advance, according to a press release. However, the ad is tied to a new "Better With M" spot and social campaign that launched this week.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on January 3, 2013 04:14 PM
One of the last big things that Joel Ewanick did before he was bounced as General Motors' CMO last summer was to declare that the giant automaker was going to sit out TV advertising in Super Bowl XLVII on February 3. But don't be surprised that GM is trying to find every other way it can to attach itself to the Big Game.
One of the latest reports is that Chevrolet plans to place its all-new 2014 Corvette on the 50-yard-line during the halftime show and present it to this year's celebrity performer (and Pepsi partner), Beyonce. But GM hasn't budged an inch in terms of its decision to sit out actual advertising during the Super Bowl telecast on CBS, even though Chevy could probably make real good use this year of its traditionally strong presence in the game, with a new 2014 Silverado pick-up truck comnig out and its overall brand message remaining muddled.
Speaking of Beyonce, PepsiCo now plans to put 50 contest winners onstage with her during the halftime show. The online contest invites entrants to post photos of themselves in Beyonce-style positions that could be used in ads promoting her performance.
In other Super Bowl advertising news, M&Ms has announced that it will return to the game with an all-new 30-second commercial during the first quarter. Last year, M&Ms introduced the world to its "Ms. Brown" character that was a hit with viewers. All that Mars Chocolate North America will say about its plans for this Super Bowl is that it will "tap our colorful characters" once again.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on March 26, 2012 04:02 PM
When M&M’s Ms. Brown appeared on TV screen during the Super Bowl, she represented a whole new resurgence for brand mascots. They may seem retro, but branded characters and icons are making a comeback because, as the Wall Street Journal reporter Suzanne Vranica points out above, who wants to talk to a logo?
While mascots took off in the 1950s, the use of icons had fallen out of favor in recent years ... but that was before Twitter and Facebook. Mr. Clean, for instance, has 277,000 fans via his Facebook page. The latest example: a new ad campaign by StubHub, which is using a talking tree as its mascot.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on February 20, 2012 01:06 PM
M&M's "Just My Shell" reveal of Ms. Chocolate was the most popular Super Bowl 2012 commercial, as voted on by YouTube users in its thumbs up/thumbs down Ad Blitz contest. The new character reveal of the brand's "Chief Chocolate Officer" was no doubt helped by a post-game social campaign around the character.
Rounding out the top five, Chrysler's "Halftime in America" spot featuring Clint Eastwood was #2, Bud Light's "Rescue Dog" (aka "Here Weego") was #3, Chevy Silverado "2012" was #4 and the Doritos Crash the Super Bowl fan-created "Man's Best Friend" was #5.
Posted by Mark J. Miller on February 8, 2012 05:01 PM
M&M’s introduced its new spokescandy during the Super Bowl Sunday evening when the bespectacled Ms. Brown, the candy brand's 70-year-old (but still looking good) CCO or Chief Chocolate Officer who made her debut in a commercial called "Just My Shell." And it was a shelluva debut indeed.
It used to be that just running a Super Bowl commercial was enough excitement for a corporation’s agency and marketing/communications teams at this time of year, but given the pre- and post-Game buzz marketing on social media that's the norm, M&M's marketers at Mars, Inc., are pulling out the stops for Ms. Brown.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on January 17, 2012 11:45 AM
With Super Bowl XLVI looming on February 5th, marketers are starting to trickle out news of their plans during the big game. The latest:
• The Mars-owned M&M's brand will introduce a new character during its Super Bowl spot (by BBDO New York) during the first quarter: Ms. Brown, according to the New York Times. She's the sixth candy character (following red, yellow, blue, green, and orange) and the second female in the cast, following Ms. Green, and will be portrayed as a behind-the-scenes character and the brand's "chief chocolate officer." Ms. Brown now has a Twitter account (@mmsbrown) and is being teased (above) on the M&M's Facebook page.
• H&M announced today that the Swedish fast-fashion retailer will run a 30-second TV spot (produced in-house) during the second quarter of the game, featuring the upcoming David Beckham Bodywear collection of men's underwear in the first Super Bowl spot for the brand and for Beckham.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on January 17, 2012 08:50 AM
Adidas taps Katy Perry for new campaign.
AFL-CIO launches image campaign.
Airbus posts record sales.
American Airlines stops flying to India, sacks 150 workers.
AOL leads companies testing crowdsourcing.
Apple expands iTunes Match, reportedly preps interactive textbooks for the iPad, while pre-earnings valuations vary.
BASF halts its genetically modified products in Europe, including its Amflora potato.
Beats Electronics breaks up with Monster.
Beyonce accused of skin-lightening in album promotion, gives first post-baby interview.
BlackBerry-maker RIM criticized by analysts for PlayBook incompatability.
BMW recalls 89,000 Mini vehicles.
Burberry quarterly profits jump 22%.
Carnival faces heat in wake of Italy shipwreck, its worst accident in 40 years, as environmental fears mount and cruise industry is rocked.
M&M's will introduce a sixth candy character — Ms. Brown — in its Super Bowl commercial, while Kia plans 60-second commercial with Adriana Lima and Motley Crue, in keeping with trend to longer Super Bowl spots.Continue reading...