In two months, the biggest #NFL party will roll into MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.
The Super Bowl is coming to town!
As you can imagine, my state is in full swing gearing up for all the Super Bowl festivities. We have quite a tough act to follow. The last Super Bowl was held at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans one week before Mardi Gras! I know a few people who have suggested that every Super Bowl should be held in NOLA due to the city’s layout, culture, and climate. On my most recent trip to New Orleans, I was able to chat with a few event planners and I gleaned an idea of the peripheral fun and excitement the NY/NJ metro area can anticipate. The Super Bowl will be a great opportunity for local businesses of all types. I wish them the best with their Super Bowl related endeavors.
I am curious about the weather, the contending teams and the festivities as well as what we can expect from the ad world’s commercials that accompany the “big game”. After all, I know some people who are far more entertained by the commercials than the game itself. In his interesting AdAge article, E.J Schultz points out many factors that may affect the commercials featured on the Super Bowl broadcast this year. I read Schultz’s article shortly after reading Todd Wasserman’s article about ad recall and “brand linkage”. With millions of ad dollars at stake per half-minute, I wonder if this year’s Super Bowl ads will have a different feel and direction.
I also wonder how many commercials will feature hashtags in 2014. Though the number of hashtags featured in Super Bowl ads increased in 2013, I was surprised that not every commercial / campaign featured a hashtag. I for one was watching the game with my mobile in hand, tweeting, and keeping an eye on the fast and furious so called “Brand Bowl” on social media. When an ad that I wanted to refer to did not have a hashtag, I was frustrated and skipped my tweet. The lack of hashtags was part of the reason I ended up tweeting more about the football game than the commercials. I think the number of featured hashtags did a great job of generating real time conversation on twitter and I found it interesting to follow.
If you would like to test your memory and your personal brand linkage accuracy, check out this deck I made celebrating the hashtags of Super Bowl 47.
Here’s to an uncovered, action packed, ad packed Super Bowl 48,
PS: Though I root weekly for my local Giants and Jets, since the beginning of this NFL season, I have been keeping my fingers crossed for a Bronco vs. Saints showdown in the “Swamps of Jersey”. Just a few more weeks and I shall see…