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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 […]

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Go Daddy Dodges a Bullet

28 Jan , 2015  

Earlier this week Professor Derek Rucker and I wrote an article for Fortune highlighting four Super Bowl spots that never should have run. GoDaddy was about to secure a second spot on that list, setting up next year’s article on five spots that never should have run. Yesterday afternoon, however, GoDaddy pulled its ad. The company […]

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Go Daddy’s Super Bowl Problem

27 Jan , 2015  

GoDaddy just released its Super Bowl spot featuring Buddy the very cute puppy. There is just one problem. People seem to hate it. A few early comments from You Tube: “If you don’t remove this video I will cancel all my websites and business and go elsewhere.” “How dare you depict breeders who love and […]

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Victoria’s Secret Gets Everything Right

26 Jan , 2015  

Every once in a while you see a marketer make it all look easy. The advertising delivers a benefit. The communication generates interest. People respond. This week, Victoria’s Secret provides an example. The brand is making all the right moves as it heads into the Super Bowl. Let’s review some of the brand’s recent activity. […]