Delia’s Top 3 “Pre-Release” Super Bowl Spots

January 30, 2019 7:00 pm

Super Bowl commercials aren’t what they used to be, for the most part. YouTube and social media took care of that long ago. There’s too much at stake for one 30-second spot to accomplish. Especially at those prices. This year, real people and heartfelt causes share the screen with the “big sell” spots. And for all the right reasons.

Wait for game night to see them? No way. It’s become a marketing “arc” with the spots in all their iterations headlining the marketing efforts of mega-brands and not-so-mega brands alike.

Fortunately, thanks to any number of digital outlets, we all can preview, share and critique them, and still go get a drink when they come on during the Big Game without feeling like we’ve missed something.

Here at Delia Associates, we’ve done precisely that.

And, after a bit of discussion (and some spirited debate), we’d like to share a trio of our favorites with you.

3 – Kia

South Korean car maker, KIA, by way of the agency of record, David & Goliath, goes decidedly anti-celebrity in a spot announcing “The Great Unknowns Scholarship”; re-directing what would otherwise be millions of dollars paid to a celebrity endorser, to help the young in need get “a foothold in higher education.” Sign up for updates at thegreatunknowns.org. Full details will be revealed on February 3.

2 – Verizon

Telcom giant, Verizon, celebrates the unending dedication of first responders and the twelve NFL stars who owe their lives to those who answered the call. Starkly filmed and poignant, the spot is a gateway to the effort to raise funds for first responders. When visitors to allourthanks.org share via Twitter and Facebook, Verizon will donate $1 per share to organizations like the Gary Sinise Foundation’s First Responder Outreach.

1 – Colgate

OK, so here’s a spot with a celebrity. Actor Luke Wilson to be exact. Channeling Jerry Seinfeld’s 1994 close talker Aaron (played by Judge Reinhold), Wilson extols the virtues of Colgate Total by getting “way too close” with a variety of otherwise unimpressed office workers. Silly? Sure. But it makes the point. Just don’t try this on the way to your Monday morning status meeting.

A few laughs, a tug at the heartstrings and a lot of humanity. Each one accomplishes its mission without the kind of controversy that all too often can obscure the true intent of the brand message.

We’d like to know your favorites and why.

Enjoy the game.

About The Author

Brielle Mulcahy
Brielle recently graduated from Liberty University and joined Delia Associates in 2018 as a Digital Marketing Specialist, focusing on the creation and management of social media channels and campaigns. On a day-to-day basis, Brielle manages valuable marketing initiatives including: creation of written, graphic and video content; creation and management of content calendars; social media channel growth; development of blog posts, press releases, e-books and guides; email design and development; and campaign deployment.