$435 million! That’s the estimated ad spend from this year’s Super Bowl. Not too mention – you probably saw numerous non-official sponsors piggy backing off the big game. If you read the first line more than once, and wondered “Why the hell would anyone spend money on ads?” You’re not alone.
Anheuser Busch InBev (aka Budweiser and a few other bevies) spent roughly $41 million according to some estimates. While the ad spend numbers are staggering, so is the number of eye balls. 100’s of millions tuned in across the globe (the majority, obviously, being in America).
Why do businesses run these super expensive ads?
On the surface it looks crazy expensive. $41 million dollars! That’s more than some countries annual GDP. So, let’s breakdown why these businesses do it, and how you, YES YOU, can take advantage of it.
- Sunday’s game averaged over 100 million viewers in the US alone. So, if you take the $41 million spent by Anheuser Busch and break it down per person. That’s less than 50 cents a person on ad spend. Not bad. Plus, all the other views online after the game.
- This my sandbox hear me roar! These businesses belong at the big kids table because they can spend with the big kids. It’s the same reason why you dish out cash on a luxury vehicle or spend the extra cash on a house in a gated-community. You’re trying to say, “I fit in with this crowd.” Whether or not that’s true doesn’t matter. Perception is reality.
- Topical. You’re expected to get a present for your wife on her birthday because it’s topical. You can also give her gifts at other times of the year, but if you don’t get one on her birthday…well you’ll never have to get her a present again (although maybe that’s what you want). You spend money on a Super Bowl ad because there’s a ton of hype around the event. Everyone knows a shitload of people will be watching and it’s almost expected that some big businesses advertise (aka Budweiser and its Clydesdales).
How does this help you?
You know there are going to be people watching and it’s pretty much all people are talking about leading in to Super Sunday. You can’t spend like the big guys, but you can spend around it to get eyes on you and get a little bit of the Super Sprinkle effect (I just made up that term).
If people are talking about it – YOU should be talking about it. Why did I write this post around the Super Bowl? Because people are talking about it. Can you spend some advertising dollars around the game on social or in other forms of media? You can’t use the trademarked names like Super Bowl and promote your business, but you can use things like Big Game or Game Day!
In my radio days – we would always run a promotion around the Super Bowl. We’d have it on the air for two weeks before the game riding the wave of hype. We didn’t have the rights to the game nor did we have the rights to “Super Bowl”. However, our customers (aka listeners) were talking and thinking about it.
You could also do the anti-version for those who aren’t interested in football or watching the commercials. A local dance studio had a couple classes going on during the game, where you could “Dance Your Ass Off” instead of downing nachos and beer.
Plan out your year
It’s extremely important you have dates like the Super Bowl and holidays (Valentine’s Day is coming up *wink *wink) on your calendar every year. Even if you can’t spend like the big kids, you can and should be talking about it with your audience. Whether it’s two people or two million.
Do you have an e-blast ready to go before, during or after the game (or holiday)? Do you have social posts ready? Are you blogging about it? Are you live on Insta while you down chicken wings and have grease all over your face?
If your audience is there or thinking or talking about an event, holiday, game, whatever…you should be talking about it too. Get a calendar, mark down the important dates and make sure you have some sort of marketing game plan built around them. Here’s a sample of a promo calendar I did up back in February 2012. All important dates and local events are listed, so we could map out a game plan ahead of time.
February 2020 has a leap year. Is this something your audience will be talking about?
Jordan ‘The Guy with the Bow Tie’ Rycroft
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