But did you know that Honda's agency, RPA, used its big game commercial to good-naturedly embarrass its staff? Or that Yellow Tail shared one of the most cringe-worthy videos starring an Australian since What Women Want?
The truth is, the more that advertisers use social media to amplify their Super Bowl buys, the more their efforts-good, bad, or otherwise-are getting lost in the clutter. Here are some moments you might have missed during the game.
1. Yellow Tail, the first wine brand to broadcast in the Super Bowl in 40 years, tried to give away 4,000 bottles to Budweiser last Thursday in a shameless attempt to piggyback on the much larger advertiser's big game presence. But, as the brand’s new mascot—the Yellow Tail Guy—explains in a video posted on Twitter, the plan failed miserably, and he was turned away, truck and all, by a security guard.
"We would love to give each one of your employees a bottle of wine in what we would hope would become an amazing friendship and possibly future partnership," he says in one of the posts. "In these divided times, your beer and our Yellow Tail wine could make for an awesome pre-game, big game party. What do you say?"
The security guard, with his face blurred, shrugs and says, "Can’t do it ... You can take the beer tour if you like ..."
Another tweet shows the security guard tailing the Yellow Tail truck as it leaves the vicinity, and the Yellow Tail Guy asking fans what the brand should do with the unwanted bottles of wine.
Overall, it seemed the publicity stunt didn’t generate much social engagement. Fewer than 30 people liked and shared each tweet about the event. And not only did Yellow Tail not get through to Budweiser, but apparently Australians didn’t appreciate the stereotypical way they were depicted in the Super Bowl ad either.
2. One of the chattiest brands on Twitter on Super Bowl Sunday was Mr. Clean. The P&G brand made its Super Bowl debut with an ad that transformed the legendary mascot into a sexy showman, landing the brand in third place for online views. From the start of the game, the brand was eager to engage other brands in some lighthearted Twitter banter. Turns out Mr. Clean has a decent sense of humor to complement his randy dance moves.
3. Avocados From Mexico also got clever with this tweet to Amazon Echo:
4. Even some brands that didn’t advertise on the Super Bowl tried to hack the social conversations of those that did. For instance, within the GoDaddy and Mr. Clean Twitter exchange, Wrangler Jeans commented with an ad for jeans that give "more room for the balls," and suggested that Mr. Clean should get out of those tight white pants and into something more "comfortable."
5. GNC's Super Bowl ad was rejected by Fox, but that didn't stop the retail brand from trying to butt into the conversation online. The brand called out Skittles on Twitter, referring to the groundhog from its commercial. Skittles responded with, "Luckily, he said he’s going to bring me 6 more weeks of Skittles."
6. For every fan that tweeted about Busch’s Super Bowl commercial, the brand, via creative agency Deutsch, tweeted back with various versions of gifs featuring the brand’s new flannel-clad spokesman, and encouraged followers to share the gifs from its Giphy page.
7. Budweiser used Periscope Live to broadcast its Clydesdales watching the big game on TV. Some commentators expressed their dismay that the horeses didn't make it into the brand's commercials this year.
8. RPA, the agency behind Honda's well-received Yearbooks spot, which featured celebrities such as Steve Carell, Amy Adams, and Stan Lee delivering inspirational messages through their yearbook photos, spent the night tweeting its own staff’s high school yearbook photos.
9. Verizon’s social media team must have been too focused on watching the game, because they commented on a tweet that T-Mobile spokeswoman Kristen Schaal shared as if it were any other customer complaint. In her tweet, Schaal alludes to her 50 Shades of Grey-themed Super Bowl spot. T-Mobile didn’t waste any time in calling out the slip up.
This story first appeared on campaignlive.com.