A Fun Game Between the Superbowl Ads (And I’m Not Talking About Football)

Ok. I admit it. When it comes to sports, I could frankly care less. I didn’t even know who was playing in the “Big Game” until this afternoon (sad, I know).

But I still get super jazzed around this time of year…for the commercials!

Last year, I created a survey (I know, I’m a dork…I get it) to poll the party I attended to find out what people thought of the ads. What started out as a tremendously nerdy exercise on my part ended up being the catalyst for some very interesting debates (Rodney, I’m not going to let you throw Frito’s at people you disagree with this year!)

If you’re like me, you may want to partake in the fun. Here’s the list I came up with last year. Take this list to your party and let me know what you and your friends think by posting a comment below. Additional categories welcome. 🙂

  • Best Use of a Celebrity
  • Most Controversial
  • Most Effective
  • Best New Product/Service/Idea
  • Funniest
  • Best Tagline
  • Biggest Waste of Money
  • Most Likely to Be Blogged About/Talked About Around the Water Cooler

Or, you can skip the whole “fooseball” thing all together and just attend an “Adbowl” like the one hosted by the Richmond Chapter of the American Marketing Association 

Either way, have a safe and fun Superbowl Sunday!

Superbowl Ads – And the winner is…

Ok, so I’m a day late. Things came up and all I could think about was getting my blog up. Anyway – here we go…..

The winners of the 2007 Write Ideas Marketing Superbowl Commercial Contest are…. (drum-roll please)

Best Use of a CelebrityRevlon for their use of Sheryl Crow (Sorry, Jessica Simpson – we’ve all had enough of you)

Most ControversialSnickers “Man Kiss” (Again, sorry GoDaddy.com – your campaign was too predictable)

And as predicted – this is already being protested by several groups. Click here for a blog about it.

Most EffectiveBudweiser – Dalmatian – a classic hero’s story with cute puppies, how can you go wrong?

Best New Product/Service – OK, I’m getting rid of this category because there weren’t any real “new” products or services this year – just lots of big players that we’ve seen before

Funniest Bud Light – “No Speak English” – celebrating the diversity of the USA – we all found this hilarious (note, this was also a runner up for best use of a celebrity (Carlos Mancia) and Most likely to be blogged about)

Best Tagline – Coca-Cola – Coke celebrates Black History….especially today. Nice touch and not over the top.

Biggest Waste of MoneySierra Mist – just because you throw a bunch of B-list celebrities in a commercial doesn’t make it funny or effective

Most likely to be blogged about/talked about around the water coolerBud Light “Slap Shake” – reminiscing the classic “whassup” – let’s just hope this one doesn’t catch on

As predicted, Amheiser-Busch was the big winner sweeping a total of 3 out of 8 (make that 7) categories. Well played! Your advertising and marketing team deserves a bonus!

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Andrea Morris is a marketing coach who specializes in helping visionaries, entrepreneurs, consultants and small businesses use high-ROI strategies to get the right message to the right people. For more information, please visit writeideasmarketing.com

Are you ready for some football (um, make that advertising)?

As a marketer, Superbowl is one of my favorite times of year. I feel like a kid at Christmas just waiting to see all the new stuff.

Is it extreme? Sure. Unrealistic for a normal business? Of course. Entertaining? You betcha!!

Inspired by the ADDYs (the ad world equivalent of the Oscars or Grammys) I’ve decided to judge the Superbowl ads in the following categories, with winners announced on Monday.

1. Best use of a celebrity

2. Most controversial

3. Most effective

4. Best new product/service

5. Funniest

6. Best tag-line

7. Biggest waste of money

8. Most likely to be talked about around the water-cooler/blogged about

Feel free to play along. Happy Superbowl! (or should it be Adbowl?)

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Andrea Morris is a marketing coach who specializes in helping visionaries, entrepreneurs, consultants and small businesses use high-ROI strategies to get the right message to the right people. For more information, please visit writeideasmarketing.com

Superbowl & Oscars Consumer Created Ads – 15 minutes of fame? Try 15 seconds.

Ok. We all know that Superbowl, which airs on CBS is the most expensive time to advertise on TV – with this year’s cost exceeding $2.6 million according to a recent article from CNNmoney.com. The second runner up – The Oscars, which airs on ABC is a comparitive deal at a mere $1.7 million according to the New York Times.

Maybe that’s why so many companies who are planning on advertising during these unofficial American holidays are saving money by encouraging their consumers to produce the ads for them.

One such company is Dove and their new product Dove Cream Oil. Check out the top ten runners up at their website www.dovecreamoil.com. The winner of the contest will have their commercial aired February 25th during the Oscars.

Not to be outdone – CBS, inspired by Andy Warhol and the notion that “everyone will have their 15 minutes (make that seconds) of fame,” has designed a contest where videos are uploaded to youtube.com and you can “tell the world whatever you want to.” The rules are simple and can be viewed here:

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Andrea Morris is a marketing coach who specializes in helping visionaries, entrepreneurs, consultants and small businesses use high-ROI strategies to get the right message to the right people. For more information, please visit writeideasmarketing.com