Anheuser-Busch, typically the Super Bowl's largest sponsor, will use interactive tactics to enhance its Super Bowl advertising this year.
The company is about to launch a video website, Bud.tv, and will post its Super Bowl ads there the day after the game, writes the New York Times (via MediaBuyerPlanner). It will also use email messages to invite consumers to vote for their favorite ad spot by text messaging or visiting a website.
Snippets of the Budweiser Super Bowl ads have already been posted on YouTube, including ads done by DDB Worldwide, Chicago; Cannonball, St. Louis; and Latinworks, Austin. This video is a three-minute compilation of those ads.
Other advertisers are also using nontraditional means to help boost the effectiveness of their Super Bowl ad spots, which come at a hefty premium of about $2.6 million.
Nationwide Insurance, for example, will preview its Super Bowl spot beginning Monday on its website. Last year, the insurance company points out, people were visiting websites like iFilm for months afterward to watch the commercials. Nationwide got 1.8 million downloads of its Super Bowl commercial from iFilm alone.
CareerBuilder is offering a teaser of its Super Bowl ads with a humorous online promotion, the Age-O-Matic, which shows the aging that happens when a person spends too much time at a "soul-sucking job."