By Richard Whitman
Originally published in MediaPost
If you’re going to pay $5 million-plus for a Super Bowl ad, you really hope that people watching the game pay attention to it, right?
And it is a gamble, what with all the parties, drinking, and bathroom breaks, not to mention football that could potentially distract viewers from paying full attention to the ads.
But according to TVision’s Attention Index Bud Light’s Dilly Dilly-- Bud Knight ad was top-ranked in the attention-getting department, capturing nearly 31% more attention than the average ad in the game.
Well, silly as Dilly is, it looks like A-B has successfully put another campaign smack in the middle of the cultural zeitgeist. Just like the frogs and “wassup” before (they were both Budweiser).
For a while there back in the aughts it seemed like every other person greeted me with a wassup? I won’t tell you what I was thinking at the time. And those damned frogs? What more need be said about them? Kids thought they were cool. (That’s actually a little problematic, but whatever. It wasn’t like Bud was intentionally marketing to underage drinkers, right?)
Anyway, we have Wieden+Kennedy to thank for the Dilly Dilly fad. Directly, anyway. And maybe "Game Of Thrones" and other medieval-esque stories, programs, etc., that have found a place in the zeitgeist as well.
Here is TVision’s top-10-ranked ads in the game based on attentiveness (a 100 score is average):
The company uses a national sample and a proprietary method for measuring second-by-second viewer focus on the TV screen to derive its results.