Emily Artus, Staff Writer
Forget football. From a marketing standpoint, the Super Bowl is about one thing: the commercials.
North Greenville University marketing students explain strategies behind the most expensive and influential commercials.
In 2016, a 30-second spot ran for $5 million, and for a marketer, the pressure is on to reward that investment.
“To have an effective advertisement, you must realize that you are trying to reach people and not just customers,” said Ashleigh Wyatt, a student in brand management.
To reach people, many marketers play on human emotion.
“Emotional branding causes consumers to remember the brand better,” said Kern. “Whether they laughed, teared up or the hairs stood up on the back of their necks, they related to the ad on a personal level.”
The Super Bowl’s large audience means marketers cater to a wide interest range. So marketing teams also rely on the appeal of the bizarre, such as Mountain Dew’s “Puppymonkeybaby” and Doritos’ “Ultrasound."
“While both commercials are a bit strange,” said Melanie Rice, a brand management student, “They are remembered for being funny and unique.”
Mountain Dew and Doritos created appeal through strangeness, which draws football fans and casual viewers alike.
Though bizarre commercials stand out, standing out too much can be negative.
“Sometimes a memorable commercial is not what you want,” said Benjamin Whitman, president of the Student Marketing Association. “Sometimes it’s memorable for the wrong reasons.”
Whitman explained Doritos “Ultrasound” gained attention from a controversy between pro-life and pro-choice groups.
Super Bowl commercials are a high-risk investment for companies, and marketing teams have one shot to create a memorable and iconic commercial.