How Manufacturers Activated Their Stars on Social Media for Tremendous Bowl Advert Campaigns – Digital and Social Media Sports activities

Tremendous Bowl commercials are about way more than what airs on the massive display screen in the course of the recreation. What began as calls-to-action to go to a model’s .com web site grew to requests to ‘like’ them on Fb. As we speak, most manufacturers that air Tremendous Bowl advertisements plan and execute multi-faceted campaigns throughout digital and social platforms, typically spanning a number of days earlier than and after the precise soccer recreation. 

However wait, there’s extra. The celebrities that pepper the Tremendous Bowl commercials can yield monumental extra worth to supply once they activate their social media channels, too. The query is: Are manufacturers paying for the celeb[s] to play a task of their industrial or are they really partnering with them for a marketing campaign? With that in thoughts, right here’s a take a look at how the ambassadors/stars of the commercials for a number of outstanding manufacturers used their social channels on and round Tremendous Bowl Sunday.


Verizon had a mission to go after the gaming viewers and guarantee everyone is aware of that Verizon 5G is the one strategy to recreation. Their ambitious, video game-themed ad starring Samuel L. Jackson capped off lots of exercise, significantly with a roster of NFL gamers, to amplify Verizon’s marketing campaign round gaming within the days previous the sport. Many of the NFL gamers did their half by quote-tweeting a Verizon tweet, versus posting a local tweet (maybe by design, maybe only for simplicity and comfort). JuJu Smith-Schuster, a famous gamer and vast receiver, posted a retweet sweepstakes with prescribed copy on his timeline. In the meantime on Tremendous Bowl Sunday, Samuel L. Jackson received his arms on a GIF and directed a tweet with it to JuJu. The Jackson tweet correctly put the interval in entrance of JuJu’s Twitter deal with, too (a evident omission made on a since-deleted model tweet by one other model celeb on Sunday…see later within the column). The marketing campaign happened nearly solely on Twitter solely and so they had been capable of activate lots of ambassadors, some higher than others.

Normal Motors

GM had a star-studded ad that included Kenan Thompson, Awkwafina, and Will Ferrell in an advert that went after Norway in a comical strategy to promote GM’s dedication to producing electrical autos (and assist the US surpass Norway with probably the most EV’s per capita). Whereas Ferrell provides lots of worth on-screen, he doesn’t preserve an official Instagram or Twitter account, so solely ⅔ of the ambassadors even had channels to activate. Each Thompson and Awkwafina posted the 30-second advert on their respective accounts (Instagram just for Awkwafina). They every additionally went just a little past by posting on their Instagram Tales, together with Thompson sharing a full-screen picture and having a ballot, textual content, and swipe-up hyperlink on his. It’s exhausting to return off earnest when selling this advert, however going the additional step of doing just a little on Tales helps add a bit extra authenticity from the hassle. GM’s personal model account you’ll be able to see they’d a number of movies reduce for IG Reels that carried out very effectively; such video cuts may have been one thing distinctive to supply to their two stars, too. Particularly with the way in which Reels rack up views. However celebs can also select to maintain Reels less-produced and extra private. General, they’d their ambassadors with social media do their half.

Bud Gentle

Bud Gentle had a catchy industrial wherein it was raining lemons within the neighborhood, to advertise their Bud Gentle Seltzer Lemonade and a play on 2020 being a ‘lemon of a yr.’ (In addition they later had a nostalgic Bud Gentle Legends advert). The lemons advert might not have featured a high-paid celeb, however they did have an onsite ambassador, who occurs to be a viral Web celeb — @dudewithsign (run by @fuckjerry), who boasts over seven million Instagram followers. He’s identified for, what else, holding indicators. So, moments after the industrial aired, the published reduce to @dudewithsign there on the Tremendous Bowl, holding an indication with lemons and sporting a Bud Gentle Seltzer Lemonade masks. His IG and Twitter accounts quickly posted photos of his Tremendous Bowl look, racking up over 1,000,000 engagements and driving good publicity for Bud Gentle Seltzer Lemonade. Certain, it was only a couple posts, however all people who know him from social media had their consideration grabbed and once they went to their telephones there was the proof that he was in on it. That real-time nature issues for engagement.

Mountain Dew

Mountain Dew had a intelligent marketing campaign that had followers tweeting after the advert aired. The industrial selling Mountain Dew Melon starred John Cena and in addition featured a bunch of bottles of the soda bouncing throughout the display screen. The decision on social media was for followers to tweet their guess for what number of bottles there have been within the advert utilizing a particular hashtag for an opportunity to win $1 million. Cena posted comparable messaging, together with a local video (that earned ~ 200,000 views). The dialog outcomes included approximately 300,000 tweets with the hashtag and massive follower growth (in comparison with different Tremendous Bowl manufacturers). Essentially the most notable a part of Cena’s involvement was a tweet per week prior. Within the tweet, Cena re-shared Mountain Dew’s Twitter video (including an enormous # of views to Mountain Dew’s video and subsequently social proof). It additionally teased the advert and made use of Twitter promoting’s ‘wish to remind’ characteristic, garnering over 43,000 likes. And the tweet nonetheless appeared through ‘Twitter for iPhone,’ including a little bit of authenticity to the tweet (as a lot as a tweet with that many hyperlinks, handles, and hashtags will be).


Cheetos grabbed at a little bit of nostalgia with a play on the Shaggy single “It Wasn’t Me” (which got here out all the way in which again in 2000). Along with Shaggy, the industrial starred Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis. The ad was round stealing a number of Cheetos (and getting caught red-handed, as one does when consuming Cheetos). Cheetos did a great job activating throughout channels, together with an AR filter, and their ambassadors did just a little bit on recreation day to assist the advert. Kutcher posted video on his Instagram final week with language that sounded fairly pure to him. (Mila Kunis doesn’t have official social accounts). Shaggy’s supporting posts on Instagram look neither deliberate nor produced — and that’s type of why they’re nice, too. Ship ambassadors product, allow them to submit nonetheless they see match, of their actual home, with their actual telephones (or not less than ship them pictures that seem like that). Cheetos may have some enjoyable with that extra ‘uncooked’ content material from the actors, too. The Cheetos model account itself has been posting video clips from the advert going again to mid-January. [Cheetos also did some interesting stuff with Snapchat and scanning their ad to win free chips, but we’re just focused on the endorsers in this column].

Amazon Alexa

The Amazon Alexa advert came late in the game, however the industrial starring Michael B. Jordan had already been shared fairly a bit on social media all through the week, effectively earlier than the sport kicked off. This spot was undoubtedly greater than only a TV advert, with Kevin Hart becoming a member of the marketing campaign and setting off a course of engagement with Jordan that continued by way of Tremendous Bowl Sunday. Hart posted a enjoyable, authentic-feeling video on Instagram per week earlier than the sport and in addition posted to Twitter a number of days earlier than the sport. With Hart’s posts it’s notable that they included a text-only submit, lots of hashtags/handles in others, and a number of tweets with YouTube (versus native) movies. This seemingly resulted in decrease views total (the objective may have been to maximise YouTube views, after all). Michael B. Jordan did an admirable job, together with placing up (and annotating) content material on his Tales on recreation day calling out Kevin Hart. He additionally posted a number of instances to his Instagram feed, with the total advert spot additionally on his IGTV. Using real-looking footage, Tales, @ mentions, and a number of posts had been efficient for Alexa. It’s nice to see ambassadors ‘partaking’ with one another over social, although some IG feedback and Twitter replies could possibly be low-touch, efficient methods so as to add much more to the marketing campaign.

A Few Others

State Farm

One of many catchiest advertisements of the day was ‘Drake From State Farm,’ an exquisite play on the well-known ‘Jake From State Farm’ advert marketing campaign. And State Farm (each the Jake and the model accounts) did a great job partaking on social all through the day. Their famous person Drake, nonetheless, erred together with his tweet (I’m not right here to assign culpability). His tweet talked about the Jake From State Farm account in the beginning of the submit with out inserting a “.” earlier than the deal with, which resulted within the tweet not going within the timelines of all 39 million of his followers, however solely these following each him AND the Jake From State Farm account. It was later corrected, however that’s one to study from for manufacturers as lots of engagement and measured attain had been misplaced together with the unique tweet.


Toyota’s advert with Paralympian Jessica Long was the clear winner of the day amongst any advert making an attempt to conjure up feelings. Lengthy’s social media posts on her Instagram feed, which included the total spot earlier within the week and a still-photo on Tremendous Bowl Sunday, she got here off very real. One may inform she was excited and proud. The humanity and relatability had been additionally evident on her Instagram Tales on Sunday, exhibiting her household watching the advert that includes her on the published collectively and reacting. She quote-tweeted Toyota on Sunday, too, as a substitute of tweeting natively, which can have been (even seemingly) by design, so as to add to the video’s 12M+ views. With an envoy like Lengthy, there was most likely no scarcity of content material she would like to submit throughout her channels, so supplying her with greater than sufficient property may’ve augmented the amount much more.


A fast take a look at the Jason Alexander ad with Tide and accompanying activation reveals a few posts on his channels. The tweet included detailed textual content, clearly provided by the model, and a hyperlink that generates no preview on the Twitter timeline. He posted the total spot to his Instagram over per week earlier than the sport. It could have been good, even only a Story submit, to have one thing on his Instagram on recreation day when the advert aired.


Listed here are the 2 posts from Dan Levy to assist his commercial with M&M’S.

Uber Eats

UberEats had little or no happening on social from their Wayne’s World-themed ad and its stars. Dana Carvey had nothing on his social, Mike Myers doesn’t preserve Twitter or Instagram accounts, and the largest social media darling of the advert — Cardi B — didn’t supply entry to her large social audiences. (Possibly that prices extra!).

Door Sprint

The DoorDash advertisements with Sesame Road didn’t get a lot assist from Sesame Road’s sizable social channels, only a single IG Story body on recreation day.

Rocket Mortgage

Tracy Morgan gave Rocket Mortgage some spectacular tonnage throughout his social media channels to assist his ambassadorship and ad campaign with the model. He had a ton of posts throughout his Twitter and Instagram feed with completely different cuts, artistic, and duplicate in assist of his endorsement of Rocket Mortgage. Dave Bautista additionally posted on his Instagram feed earlier than and after the advert aired (with only a fast reduce pregame). Morgan, particularly, supplied lots of entry, and Rocket Mortgage tried to take advantage of it with completely different messaging, artistic, even making an attempt to goose their YouTube, and extra. The one notable misses had been nothing on his Tales and the purely white thumbnails on a few the IG feed movies.

The Tremendous Bowl advert campaigns proceed to combine extra totally with social media every year. And the celebrities they pay huge charges to be on the middle of these campaigns can and will ship worth past their display screen time in the course of the spot. Successfully activating ambassador/star social media channels is not about itemizing a sure variety of posts or different stipulated social media assist in a contract. No, it ought to be a partnership — each events ought to stand to profit.

The social media posts or content material the ambassadors make ought to be priceless for them, too, showcasing them in a brand-building and optimistic means. The model (and its company) may also equip them with a bunch of cool content material they’ll submit on their very own, whether or not with messaging course or not. Promoting is commonly about ‘should,’ whereas partnerships come off extra authentically, extra about ‘wish to.’ Hopefully yearly, outdoors of the plain hashtag #advert or tagging, it’ll be tougher to inform which social media posts are prescribed/mandated for celebs and influencers, and which had been posted at their discretion, by their arms.

The promoting, endorsement, and broadcast industrial paradigm is overdue for transformative change. The trade picked up a number of extra yards this yr, however we’ve nonetheless received loads of room to go to achieve the top zone.