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Five Remarkable Super Bowl Ads

27 Jan , 2017  

The Super Bowl is approaching fast. Advertisers are putting the finishing touches on each spot and starting to roll out teaser campaigns. Some brands have already released their 2017 ads. This will be the 12th year of the Kellogg Super Bowl Advertising Review. On Super Bowl Sunday, a panel of about 60 Kellogg MBA students […]

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Super Bowl Advertising: 2016 Results

8 Feb , 2016  

Super Bowl 50 was a remarkable event for advertisers. Brands were reported to be paying $5 million or more to run spots during the game. Overall, it was an impressive collection of advertising. Many of the spots had strong branding and communicated a benefit. Compared to last year, there was a notable competitive tone. We […]

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Super Bowl 50 Advertising: Pre-Game Outlook

4 Feb , 2016  

This will be a big year for Super Bowl advertising. There are more than forty companies trying to break through the clutter. Each one is paying about $5 million for a thirty-second spot. Here are things to consider as you watch this year’s Super Bowl: 1.Will the ad drive the business and build the brand? […]

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Persil’s Super Bowl Statement

1 Feb , 2016  

There will be several new advertisers on the Super Bowl this year. One unfamiliar name is Persil ProClean, a brand that will be making a statement with its spot. Persil is an enormous global business. The washing detergent dates back to 1907 and now has global sales of more than one billion euros. The brand is […]

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Super Bowl Ads: The Coming Storm

22 Jan , 2016  

People in Washington, Philadelphia and New York are waiting for what might be a historic storm. A few flakes are falling at the moment but not much. This will soon change. It is the same story for Super Bowl advertising. Just over two weeks to go and all is calm. Things are rather quiet on […]

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Super Bowl Advice for Squarespace

18 Jan , 2016  

Last year, Squarespace ran the worst spot on the Super Bowl, according to the Kellogg Super Bowl Advertising Review. Take a look: Squarespace will be back on the Super Bowl again this year, spending at least $5 million for the opportunity, so I thought I would provide some advice.   Dear Squarespace Team— It is […]

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Super Bowl 50: One Month to Go

7 Jan , 2016  

Super Bowl 50 is one month away. This is a stressful time for Super Bowl marketers. They are finalizing plans for the event, and the stakes are high. A successful Super Bowl effort can propel a brand and a career; a weak effort can damage both. Once again, I’ll be leading the Kellogg Super Bowl […]

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Kellogg Super Bowl Advertising Review: 2015 Results and Analysis

2 Feb , 2015  

The 2015 Super Bowl featured serious, emotional advertising. While the event usually tends to skew more towards humor, this year the laughs were in short supply. Overall the advertising was strong. Marketers are clearly focusing on creating spots that will resonate broadly and build both sales and the brand. Still, this year had its highs […]

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Kellogg Super Bowl Advertising Review: The Results

2 Feb , 2015  

McDonald’s won the 2015 Kellogg Super Bowl Advertising Review. Almost 70 Kellogg MBA students reviewed all the spots and put McDonald’s at the top of the list. Here are the grades. I will publish a full analysis later today. Grade: A McDonald’s Always Budweiser and Bud Light Clash of Clans Coke Fiat Grade: B Avocados […]

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The Super Bowl Social Media Challenge

1 Feb , 2015  

Today I’ll be tweeting during the Super Bowl, commenting on the ads and the Kellogg Super Bowl Advertising Review. You can follow me: @timothycalkins Many and perhaps all of the advertisers will be commenting on Twitter as well, hoping to engage people and get as much impact as possible from their Super Bowl investment. They […]

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Four Super Bowl Spots That Missed on Linkage

30 Jan , 2015  

One of the most difficult things for a Super Bowl advertiser to get right is linkage. It isn’t enough to develop a clever commercial that stands out and is memorable. You have to link the creative idea to the brand. If linkage isn’t strong, the ad simply won’t work very well. People will remember the […]

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The Gender Super Bowl

29 Jan , 2015  

The Super Bowl reflects American society. This year, the American population is working through issues related to gender. Super Bowl advertisers study the U.S. population for months, trying to understand what is significant and what people are thinking about. They then develop ads that build on and reflect these insights. The ads you see on the Super […]