Do you follow the Super Bowl brand creative advertising strategy? Do you follow the ads because you find them entertaining, or because you are interested in what is new in marketing campaign ideas?
The secret of all effective advertising is not the creation of new and tricky words and pictures, but one of putting familiar words and pictures into new relationships.
We enjoy the entertainment value of the ads for sure, but we really fall into the second category and look forward to new advertising strategy ideas and design concepts.
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The ultimate goal of all the points I list below is this: eliminate the fluff from your marketing strategy, and focus only on the things that work.
Every once in a while a brand and its agency try something new on the Super Bowl and fundamentally changes the marketing game. Apple’s Super Bowl spot “1984” falls into this group. This Super Bowl commercial is regarded as a key creative moment for Apple and Super Bowl advertising generally. It borrows from George Orwell’s tale to suggest that Apple users could smash the PC oligarchy.
Doritos’ Crash the Super Bowl also falls into this group. Here Doritos used customer engagement to crowd source the ad design through a competition. For Super Bowl XLI, Doritos launched a contest, Crash the Super Bowl, to allow consumers to create their own Doritos commercial. The general public was allowed to vote for their favorite of five finalists. According to Doritos, the vote was so close that just before the game the company decided to run two of the ads rather than just one. Both commercials finished highly in ratings of commercials during this Super Bowl
It is becoming clear that Chrysler’s 2011 spot featuring Eminem also falls in this group.
Chrysler broke a lot of informal Super Bowl advertising rules with this 2011 ad. The spot was dark and gritty, not a funny, catchy piece of film like so many other Super Bowl ads. The ad didn’t prominently display a logo. And it ran for a remarkable two minutes. On the Super Bowl, when every second is worth more than $75,000, buying such a long spot was in rarefied air.
But Chrysler’s ad worked exceptionally well ( see our article ). It stood out in a very unique way and the story ultimately connected to the brand. The ad generated an extraordinary amount of buzz. Most important, the ad became the foundation of a marketing campaign that has helped revitalize the Chrysler brand. By breaking the rules, Chrysler built interest and transformed its brand image.
So what should you expect from this year’s Super Bowl’s creative advertising strategy? Here are our strategy predictions:
Marketing campaign ideas … advertisement length
Just like the Chrysler ad last year, we expect more lengthy ones this year. In fact, we know that many will be a minute in length and at least 3 greater than a minute.
Storytelling is growing in marketing importance … watch for many brands to tell their story. This is one reason that advertisement length is growing.
One of my favorite experts in the field of creative advertising is Edward Bouches and Creativity Unbound. You’ll find lots of good examples and case studies to learn from in his blog.
Doritos will continue their strategy this year (we will have another blog on this subject before the Super Bowl) … their continued success will influence other brands.
Creative marketing campaign ideas … engaging people
There is no better example of engagement than the Doritos contest. We expect to engagement grow this year and into the future.
Creative advertising strategy … create the unexpected
Just like the ads that have been most successful in the past … all did new and unique things. We should see many strategies this year that are different by design.
The name of the game is to be talked about. The advertisements that are remarkable get talked about the most.
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Remember, it is not what advertising does with the consumer; it is what the consumer does after seeing the advertisement.
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