initiate-it’s Super Bowl Winners & Losers 2019

super bowl 2019Its that time of year again. Check out our most and least favorite Super Bowl LIII ads!

Every Super Bowl Sunday, some viewers tune in for the football game while others watch for the commercials. There are always ads that can be remembered years later as favorites, such as Budweiser’s “The Clydesdales Brotherhood” from 2013. Others are remembered in a different light, such as Mountain Dew’s “Puppymonkeybaby” from 2016. As we have done in the past, this year we would like to honor those commercial winners and losers. The list below features our favorite and hated Super Bowl LIII commercials.

Best: More Than OK – Pepsi

Man, this commercial made me want a Pepsi! Anything that Steve Carell endorses — I’m in. Even though Pepsi utilized the celebrity appeal or endorsement, the commercial was simply memorable. Lil Jon and Cardi B even made an appearance, I mean let me get that diamond Pepsi can! I think Pepsi really took it to the next level in general with their ads.

Worst: Top Dog – Avocados From Mexico

Maybe I was thinking too literally when watching this commercial, but I simply didn’t grasp the connection between the concept of the commercial and avocados. I simply didn’t get it. I will say, the commercial definitely hooked me, but once I realized that the ad was for Avocados From Mexico, I immediately disengaged.

At least it wasn’t people drinking rotten milk, I guess.

Sarah Prokopchak, Account Executive

Best: Serena Williams – Bumble

My favorite Super Bowl commercial this year was Bumble’s Serena Williams ad. This commercial represented women leaning in, making the first move, and standing out. Everyone knows Bumble as the dating app, but this commercial showcased the app’s additional offerings, such as Bumble Biz and Bumble BFF. Way to go, Bumble. Your app and commercial work in so many ways.

Worst: #EatLikeAndy – Burger King

I hate to say it, but Burger King’s #EatLikeAndy commercial was my least favorite in the Super Bowl. I love Burger King, but this commercial did not do the company or the king justice. During the Super Bowl, I want to see funny or emotionally moving ads. This commercial was slow and not entertaining. This commercial gets a big thumbs down from me.

Alyssa Drewicz, Digital Analyst

Best: More Than OK – Pepsi

Ugh. As a loyal Coca-Cola consumer known to actually answer no when asked, “is Pepsi ok?,” I am painfully awarding the lesser of the two, top-tier cola brands with having one of the best Superbowl ads this year. Obviously, Pepsi recognized the fact that people are commonly asked permission before being offended with an ice cold glass of not-Coke. So, respect for awkwardly calling everyone out on it, and then getting Steve Carrell to charm us into answering yes next time someone asks the dreaded question.

Worst: Chunky Style Milk? That’s Not Right – Mint Mobile

I appreciate the effort, but the execution did nothing but make me a little bit nauseous. The benefit of the cheap wireless service in no way exceeded the disgusting-ness of chunky milk — especially not the detail shots. I don’t need to watch someone drink spoiled milk. 10/10 would rather pay for more expensive cell service.

Mary Grace Shelly, Digital Account Executive

Best: Avengers: Endgame Teaser Trailer

Setting aside the fact that I am a huge Marvel movie fan, Marvel’s approach to trailers is fantastic, and I think other studios should follow suit. Marvel makes trailers that deliberately do not spoil any major details. This is a massively anticipated movie with two full trailers, and no one has any clue what the plot is going to be. The trailer contains short clips of the characters and almost no dialogue. This makes the major reveals of the movie that much better when you see it for the first time. (You can infer my thoughts on the Super Bowl Commercials as a whole this year when my favorite is a movie trailer…)

Worst: Not Everything Makes the Cut – Amazon

Amazon attempted to playfully poke fun at itself, which is pretty admirable, but the execution fell pretty flat for me. Firstly, having celebrity cameos is not an excuse to shy on the writing. And secondly, I feel the message was a little flawed. What exactly were they trying to accomplish? It seemed as if Amazon was trying to promote brand awareness by saying, “We know people don’t like Alexa. Isn’t that hilarious? Please buy it anyway.”

Ben Cardwell, Junior Digital Analyst

Best: The 100-Year Game – NFL

The NFL did it again! Last year, it stole my heart through the sultry dance grooves of Eli and OBJ. This year, they highlighted what sports are truly about: having a good time! First, they show off my man Marshawn doing what he does best – sneaking a sweet treat. Then, we have stars of the game, new and old, seeing the football fumble and jumping into action. The NFL captured the spirit of 100 years of the NFL by showing off what makes football great. I loved the music, I loved the party vibe, I loved the inclusivity, and, to be honest, I’m a sucker for some fabulous cameos!

Runner Up- Bubly. Michael Bublé is a gift to us all.

Worst: Chunky Style Milk? That’s Not Right – Mint Mobile

Mint Mobile’s chunky milk ad. I get the concept; I appreciate the humor. But I cannot get past the instant gagging that came after watching the daughter chew her thick glass of milk. Vomit.

Runner Up- Any commercial for a movie or TV Show. We want to see clever, funny, & thought-provoking ads during the big game, not trailers for obscenely expensive movies we already know about. Ugh.

Libby Chriss, Digital Designer

Best: 2 Chainz X Adam Scott – Expensify This

2 Chainz, hip-hop superstar and showrunner for GQ’s “Most Expensivest Sh*t” (a web show where the aforementioned rapper reviews ridiculously priced items like $165,000 kittens or a $1,000 ice cream cone) and Adam Scott, playing a role similar to that of his Ben Wyatt from Parks and Recreation, starred in Expensify’s short but sweet commercial on Sunday night.

The commercial opens on 2 Chainz in what appears to be a comically over-the-top music video shoot. He begins rapping as he seems to teleport from a space-age machine and walk past golden-clad dancers and to reach a quite literally, iced-out sports coupe. As he sits down and continues to drop bars, his focus and flow are interrupted when Adam Scott knocks on his window to inform him that he will need to provide the proper paper receipts to recoup any of the money spent on the random assortment of expensive oddities in the shoot.

2 Chainz dismisses Scott’s concern, explaining that he has “Expensify” an app that allows you to snap a pic of any receipt and store it digitally, as to make the process of expensing items expedited and easy.

Expensify effectively blended humor, hip-hop, and highlights of their app, while also inducing feelings of nostalgia about past endeavors of both stars in the scene. A great way to break onto the scene, on advertising’s biggest stage.

Worst: The Deep Clean Level – Persil ProClean

After spending an exorbitant amount of advertising dollars to get the brakes beaten off of them by Tide during last year’s big game, Persil was back at it on Sunday. Once again, they missed the mark. For over 2.5 million dollars, Persil concocted and produced a poorly written 15-second spot that did nothing more than explain that their stain removing detergent… removes stains.

Hopefully, Persil puts more thought into their messaging or takes the night off next year. It is hard to imagine the “Pro Clean” innovators making back the money they spent on ad placement as a direct result from their unimpressive spot.

Tom Hinkes, Account Executive

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