Marketers know that the New England Patriots beat the Seattle Seahawks to win Super Bowl 2015 by a score of 28 to 24. But which Super Bowl ads won the Big Game? Well, it depends on which metrics that marketers use.
On the Monday morning after the Super Bowl, Unruly, video ad tech company, released its list of the Top 10 Most Shared Super Bowl Ads 2015. They were:
- Budweiser: “Lost Dog” – 2,168,530
- Universal: Fast And Furious 7 – 640,038
- Supercell: Clash of Clans – 404, 658
- Paramount: Terminator Genisys – 291,519
- Snickers: The Brady Bunch – 230,375
- Universal: Ted 2 – 187,498
- Universal: Minions Trailer – 167,628
- Universal: Pitch Perfect 2 – 137,179
- No More.org: Official Super Bowl ad – 136,119
- Universal: 50 Shades of Grey trailer – 121,753
At roughly the same time, the Official YouTube Blog released its list of “the ads that scored big” as of 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time. They were:
- Budweiser: 2015 Budweiser Super Bowl Commercial “Lost Dog” | Budweiser #BestBuds
- Bud Light: Bud Light Super Bowl 2015 Commercial – Real Life PacMan #UpForWhatever
- T-Mobile: #KimsDataStash | T-Mobile Commercial
- BMW: BMW i3 – “Newfangled Idea”
- Snickers: SNICKERS® – “The Brady Bunch”
- Clash of Clans: Revenge (Official TV Commercial)
- Mercedes-Benz: Mercedes-Benz “Fable” Commercial :60
- NOMORE.org: NO MORE’s Official Super Bowl Ad: 60 Second
- Hyundai: Welcome to the New Age | Hyundai Canada | The Big Game XLIX
- Toyota: How Great I Am | Presented by The Bold New Camry | Toyota
An hour later, Pixability, a YouTube ad buying and video marketing platform, shared its data for The Top Super Bowl Ads on YouTube. They were:
|Titles|| Total |
|2015 Budweiser Super Bowl Commercial “Lost Dog” | Budweiser #BestBuds||21,036,601||2,942,230|
|Bud Light Super Bowl 2015 Commercial – Real Life PacMan #UpForWhatever||14,153,768||1,261,576|
|#KimsDataStash | T-Mobile Commercial||13,108,762||1,990,568|
|BMW i3 – “Newfangled Idea”||12,454,845||3,870,916|
|Clash of Clans: Revenge (Official TV Commercial)||8,241,981||8,241,981|
|SNICKERS® – “The Brady Bunch”||7,896,483||2,497,062|
|Mercedes-Benz “Fable” Commercial :60||6,571,159||2,215,444|
|Welcome to the New Age | Hyundai Canada | The Big Game XLIX||3,353,542||709,067|
|How Great I Am | Presented by The Bold New Camry | Toyota||3,110,525||392,510|
|McDonald’s: Super Bowl XLIX Pay With Lovin’||2,886,647||1,987,538|
Only three ads – Budweiser’s “Lost Dog”, Supercell’s Clash of Clans, and Snickers’ The Brady Bunch – made all three lists. Were the marketers at Unruly, YouTube, and Pixability watching the same game?
Yes, everyone was watching the video ads for Super Bowl 2015. But they were using different metrics.
Pixability’s list of the top Super Bowl ads on YouTube is based on views. YouTube’s list of video ads is determined by an algorithm that factors in paid views, organic views and audience retention (how much of a video people watched). Unruly’s list ranks brands’ social videos worldwide based on the number of times content has been shared on Facebook, Twitter and in the blogosphere.
So, which metrics should marketers use? Actually, the answer is: All of the above.
Measurement is essential, both for defining success and optimizing towards it. So, it is important to identify the right Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to measure the success of your brand’s viral video marketing strategy.
Most marketers find it useful to select one metric for each of the following three buckets that measure engagement with their content:
- Audience. Are you reaching the right audience? How well?
- Expression. Is your target audience engaging with your content? How much?
- Participation. Is your audience endorsing and sharing your content? How much?
The number of views is a key metric for the first bucket. Watch time is a key metric for the second bucket. And the number of shares is a key metric for the third bucket.
So, it’s significant that Budweiser’s “Lost Dog” topped all three charts.
It’s also significant that a Budweiser ad has won the Super Bowl for the third year in a row, according to data supplied by Unruly. The beer brand’s “Lost Dog” commercial attracted 2,168,530 shares across Facebook, Twitter and blogs, making it the fourth most shared Super Bowl ad of all time.
It’s the third successive year the Anheuser–Busch InBev brand has had the most shared ad of the Super Bowl. In 2014, “Puppy Love”, won the Big Game after generating 1.31 million shares the day after Super Bowl Sunday. “Brotherhood” also won at a canter the previous year, attracting 1.5 million shares. The ads currently have 2.91 million and 2.04 million shares respectively.
Released online on January 28, “Lost Dog” generated most of its shares (1.9 million) before Super Bowl Sunday and is on course to surpass their “9/11 Commercial” from Super Bowl 2002 (3.48 million shares) as the most shared Budweiser ad of all time.
Unruly co-founder and COO Sarah Wood said, “Once again, Budweiser has done a great job of creating content that makes a strong emotional connection with the audience and is at the same time integral to the brand. Creating shareable content is only half the battle though; it’s crucial to have a smart distribution strategy too. Budweiser delivered on both counts, with heart-melting teasers launched ahead of game day, across a range of platforms and players to deliver lots of online conversation.”
According to Pixability, the biggest surprise hit was Clash of Clan’s “Revenge” ad featuring Liam Neeson, which gained more than 8.2 million views overnight and had the highest number of Likes and comments on YouTube. This video ad had the most Likes (157,000) and the most comments (7,800). Meanwhile, Supercell’s Clash of Clans games trailer, starring Liam Neeson, finished third on Unruly’s list after attracting 404,658 shares.
Snickers’ “Brady Bunch” commercial finished 5th on Unruly’s list with 230,375 shares. Not bad considering that most of the other top 10 Super Bowl ads for 2015 didn’t make all three charts, which represent each of the KPIs that you should be using.
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