Ah the Super Bowl, one of broadcast and advertising’s largest events of the year, busts open the purse strings for some of the most memorable (or what the heck was that) commercials to hit hearts and screens around the world. According to CNBC, the cost of a 30-second spot during Super Bowl LIII was $5.25 million. So, what does all that cash really get advertisers?
This year the Super Bowl generated a whopping 57B global social impressions.* In fact, advertisers commanded a staggering 25 percent of all social impressions from game day through Tuesday.* So to put that into B2B terms – it would take Oracle more than 18 years to get that many social impressions with a hefty advertising budget, based on the number of social impressions Oracle received in the last year.*
At a high level, the brands who generated the most positive social conversations were Microsoft (3 percent), Verizon (3 percent), Bud Light (2 percent), and The Washington Post (1percent).*
So, what can B2B brands learn from this year’s Super Bowl advertising leaders?
In the end, the user testing and research behind these ads to create cultural relevance – the magic we never see – may yield the biggest return to B2B creatives. And when you cut through the noise of celebrity endorsements, stunts and the desire to be meme-able, ads that truly resonate focus on connecting with consumers’ fears and desires. This reinforces a key proof point: no matter how cool and advanced the product or service may be, human-to-human connections still matter.
*Data pulled from NetBase