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Automakers Spending Big Money to Maximize Exposure with Super Bowl Ads

Even at $4.5 million for 30-second spot, most makers deem time worth the money.

by on Dec.12, 2014

Despite the strong response to its Little Darth Vader ads, VW plans to sit out Super Bowl XLIX.

The National Football League season is rushing towards its climax and soon the airwaves will be filled with NFL playoff games packed with advertising for new car and truck advertising culminating with the Super Bowl on Feb. 1, which is very likely to attract record amount of automotive advertising.

Flush with cash from strong sales during 2014 and a promising outlook for 2015, carmakers appear ready to spend heavily on the new advertising for the big game. And spend heavily they will, a 30-second spot is $4.5 million, which is up from $4 million during last year’s game.

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There will be some notable absences, however. Volkswagen, which scored a big success with its Little Darth Vader spot several years ago, is sitting on the sidelines this year. And Jaguar and Lincoln apparently won’t be there, either. But they will be exceptions, rather than the rule.

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Marty’s Marketing Minutia – Huddle Edition

Automakers sacked in NFL playoffs.

by on Jan.23, 2012

Audi hopes to make some big inroads with its presence on the Super Bowl.

This past weekend’s games settled who gets to play on February 5 in Super Bowl XLVI but also served as a preview of the carvertising that we’ll see when the New England Patriots and NY Giants square off on the gridiron next month.

Few businesses spend more money on those :30 second spots than carmakers like Chrysler, GM Audi and – for the first time this year, Toyota, which hopes to use the Super Bowl to help kick off its comeback after several years of fumbles.

Chrysler and Volkswagen certainly scored touchdowns last year, but if the latest numbers are any indication, automakers aren’t exactly winning the game with their latest spots. Based on the Ace Scores during the prior week play-off games, the Super Bowl could turn into the Stupor Bowl© for car ads.

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Ace Score is the measure of ad creative effectiveness based on viewer reaction to national TV ads. Respondents are randomly selected and representative of the U.S. TV viewing audience.  The results are presented on a scale of 0-950, which represents scoring on creative attributes such as relevance, persuasion, watchability, information, attention, etc.

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Marty’s Marketing Minutia – Detroit Auto Show Edition

For the auto world, prime time starts Sunday.

by on Jan.06, 2012

The hordes descend. There'll be thousands of media at the coming week's Detroit Auto Show. And they'll be collecting countless media kits.

But first our first annual MMM Media Kit Award

This is my homage to the annual deluge of Car-of-the-Year awards that will be raining down on us, notably including the widely-watched North American Car and Truck of the Year ceremony that will usher in the Detroit Auto Show on Monday morning.

In recent weeks, you’ve undoubtedly noticed a deluge of ads quoting one or the other of these awards and you can be certain the winners of the two NACTOY trophies will be backing up their victories with some hefty media dollars.

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A favorite business question these days is, “what’s the take-away?” Auto journalists, scribes, bloggers, pundits, analysts, consultants and of course, the ubiquitous ranks of eBay purveyors at the annual Detroit auto industry bash and assorted launch events know the key take-away: It’s the media kit.

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Chrysler Puts “Imported From Detroit” Message on New Line of T-Shirts

But GM takes steps to co-opt rival’s ad tagline – along with VW’s hot “Darth Vader” campaign.

by on Feb.16, 2011

Chrysler has put the tagline of its popular Super Bowl ad on a new line of T-shirts.

Hoping to capitalize on the unexpectedly warm reception given its “Imported from Detroit” tagline, which anchored a Super Bowl commercial featuring rap star Eminim, Chrysler will let consumers help spread the message.

But it won’t be cheap, Chrysler planning to charge $29.95 for all-cotton T-shirts it will be selling on its Chrysler division website.  The shirts will feature the “imported” message superimposed over the brand’s recently redesigned winged-badge logo.

Notably, Chrysler says the T-shirts are being made in the U.S., though it’s not clear if the automaker has signed on with a vendor in the Motor City.  (Click Here for TheChryslerCollection.)

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The “Imported from Detroit” message was the brief tag to an unusually long, 2-minute commercial aired shortly after the half-time break of the Super Bowl game, earlier this month.  Where makers typically try to use humor or pastoral scenes to help sell their products, Chrysler took aim at some of what a rival maker called the “myths” about the struggling carmaker.  These included shots of a beaten-down Motor City, as well as images of a town on the mend.

Rap start Eminem is shown driving through Motown in a Chrysler 200 sedan before parking at the restored Fox Theater, climbing onto the stage with a gospel choir and then turning to the camera to proclaim, “This is the Motor City, and this is what we do.”

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Marty’s Marketing Minutia – Super Bowl Redux

Super Bowl auto ads not super with panels.

by on Feb.08, 2011

VW's Darth Vader spot - one of the few automotive ads to resonate with viewers during the Super Bowl.

It doesn’t matter which reviewer, panel or research group has measured, evaluated or analyzed the 60 commercials in Super Bowl XLV, with rare exception, the game’s automotive ads did not resonate with consumers.

(Or did they? Click Here to check this take on Chrysler’s spot with rapper Eminem that has everyone talking – and linking to YouTube.)

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In the USA Today ranking, the go-to-list for many, the only auto ad in the Top 10 was the Volkswagen’s “The Force” (Darth Vader) ad at #3 was the most effective automotive ad (10% more effective than the average Super Bowl ad) in a Super Bowl dominated by auto manufacturers based on data supplied to me by Ace Metrix.

“The Super Bowl became the Auto Bowl this year with 19 automotive ads versus 8 a year ago,” said Peter Daboll, CEO of Ace Metrix and author of “How to Make a Winning Super Bowl Ad.” “VW’s ‘The Force’ was a hit across all demographic groups, harnessing the right mix of likeability, watchability and cute.”

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