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Honda Won the Super Bowl Before It Even Began

Fresh Numbers: Honda Won the Super Bowl Before It Even Began

Automakers Dominate Most-Watched Ads On the Web

By: Michael Learmonth Published: February 06, 2012


There will be a lot of stats released over the next few days on what people remembered, liked or just tweeted about during the Super Bowl. At some point, the instant stats on “buzz” and the like will give way to more meaningful measures: did it improve long-term perception of the brand, or lift sales?

One hoped-for metric over the long-term is that consumers will choose to watch an ad again, and perhaps over and over again, on the web. That was the genius of Volkswagen’s “The Force” campaign last year, which earned more than 90 million views on the web over the past year and why a dozen or so marketers attempted to emulate it this year by releasing their campaigns before the game began.

After asking Visible Measures to update its figures on web views, we have a winner by that measure: Honda. The teaser for Honda’s “Ferris Bueller” ad dominated going into the Super Bowl, and the extended version of the ad is still drawing viewers. But not by much: VW is a very close second with “Dog Strikes Back.” Honda’s Acura division also did well with its Jerry Seinfeld/Jay Leno spot, meaning Honda has two spots in the Top Five.

Why is this important? Partly because Super Bowl ad time is so expensive. By reaching almost as many viewers on the web as during the game last year, VW was able to extend the reach of “The Force,” spreading out the cost of its Super Bowl buy over many more impressions.

Here are the updated numbers as of Monday morning:

Honda: Matthew’s Day Off: 18.4 million

VW: The Dog Strikes Back: 17.8 million

Acura: Transactions: 15.7 million

Doritos: Crash the Super Bowl 2012: 6.3 million

Audi: Vampire Party: 5.3 million

via How Honda Won the Super Bowl Before It Even Began | Special: Super Bowl – Advertising Age.


About Bob Innes

Who am I and what I do best! I am a skilled Sales and Marketing team player known for performing behind the scenes miracles that increase base distribution, improve customer relationship management, exceed annual sales volume,and profitability for Consumer Packaged Goods companies. And I've been doing it for over 15 years. My successful contributions include such clients as Kraft Foods, Mars, Bumble Bee Foods, Unilever, Johnson and Johnson and SC Johnson, and JM Smuckers.


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