Marketing Lessons from the Best Super Bowl Commercials

It’s estimated that more people watch the Super Bowl each year for the commercials than they do for the actual game.  I was one of those people last night, at least through the first half.  Then I decided I really didn’t need to watch the second half of the game, I would just see which commercials my friends on Facebook thought were the best.

As I pondered that thought on the way to work this morning something hit me.  There are several lessons marketers can take away from Super Bowl commercials.

1.  Timing Matters
Your message has to be played at the right time, or no one will pay attention to it.  That is why so many companies were willing shell out $3 million per spot on their 2012 Super Bowl ads.  They knew people would be watching.  More importantly, they knew if they did the ad right, people would remember.

When do you play your ads on radio and television, or put them in newspapers and magazines?  When do you post things on Facebook?  Did you know in many markets it is often worth it to pay more to have your radio ads played in drive time, to have your television ads played between 6:00-10:00 p.m., and to run your newspaper ads on Sundays? Additionally, your Facebook fans have a set time when they typically visit Facebook.  Finding the right time to post throughout the day can greatly increase your interactive rate with your friends and fans on-line.

2. Involve Your Fans/Patients in Creation of Your Ads
Most of my friends agreed that the award for the best commercials of the first half went to Doritos – and the grandma who launched her baby to the tree house to get the bag from his little brother.  Ironically, Doritos had help coming up with that commercial.  From October 3, 2011 until November 21, 2011, fans of Doritos had the opportunity to submit their commercial ideas to Doritos on-line at  The rules of their contest were simple:

  • Review the assets provided in the Toolkit on the Web Site.
  • Get together your idea for a DORITOS® brand Super Bowl XLVI commercial. Make it action-packed. Make it funny. Make it something you’ve never seen before. It’s up to you. Just make it awesome.
  • Create and submit a 30-second spot featuring DORITOS® brand tortilla chips.
  • Your Submission should be in commercial form consistent with these Official Rules.

Then fans voted on the top commercials submitted.  Talk about a viral marketing campaign showcasing how the fans of Doritos liked their product.  More importantly, talk about being able to test your commercial for a minimal investment.

After Hours Pediatrics Urgent Care in Florida held a similar contest called the “Thumbs-Up Groove” online music video contest, where participants danced to their theme song.  Learn more about their contest by clicking here.

You may not be creative, but your patients who love you probably are.  Utilize their talents and their passion for the services you provide to create a new commercial, to promote your jingle, or to come up with the layout for your new ad.  Then make sure to time it right.

Until then, check out some of my (and my friend’s) favorite commercials from Super Bowl XLVI.

Naked M&M Super Bowl Commercial

Betty White Super Bowl Commercial

Bud Light “Here We Go” Super Bowl Commercial

Doritos Sling Shot Baby Super Bowl Commercial

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