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2021 Super Bowl Ads: Hits and Misses

What's bigger than the game? The Ads! #newdaynw

SEATTLE — One of the most entertaining things about the Big Game has nothing to do with football (in our humble opinion). It's the TV Commercials that get people talking! People get paid big bucks to make these ads and reach millions of Americans.  But do they work?  

We got together with Mathew Isaac, Marketing Professor at Seattle University, to ask which of this year's ads were the most effective from an expert's POV. 

EFFECTIVE: Cheetos, "It Wasn't Me" - This was the ad Professor Isaac rated the best of the year. What made it so?  Clear positioning consistent with the brand equity and funny/memorable even if you don't recognize the celebs or the song.  

EFFECTIVE:  Doritos, “Flat Matthew” - Also rated effective. Interesting, clever, and funny ad that connects to the product at the end.  

MIXED REACTION: Uber Eats, “Eat Local”, Linkage with Uber Eats is unclear, which becomes problematic as Door Dash advertised earlier.  

INTERESTING: Redditt, “5-second ad” - Relies on earned media and consumers having enough interest to pause the ad. 

INEFFECTIVE: Oatly “Wow, No Cow” - Memorable, but not in a good way.  Classic example of negative amplification. 

Segment Producer Derek Haas. Watch New Day Northwest 11 AM weekdays on KING 5 and streaming live on KING5.com. Contact New Day.

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