Advertising Super Bowl Xxi: No Upset for Franchising!
These numbers are even more dramatic when 24 FOX network promotional spots and five NFL spots are added to the mix. Both FOX and the NFL have franchised affiliates, and if the value of these 29 ads are factored in the amount balloons to $89 million. In all 62% (82 ads) of some 131 ads that aired during the 4 hour game broadcast came for businesses engaged in franchising.
According to American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD) Chairman Robert Purvin, who launched the organizationâs Advertising Super Bowl survey 21 years ago, âSuper Bowl advertising continues to demonstrate the power of franchising. How else can small business owners afford to share their messages with almost 100 million households at one time?â
FOX reportedly charged a record average price of $2.7 million per 30-second spot ($90,000 per second). The higher cost didnât seem to impact advertiser demand as FOX had reportedly sold its available inventory a week before Super Bowl XLII game day. The total number of spots played during the game earned FOX an estimated $270 million dollars. Budweiser again led all advertisers with 9 spots, earning it exclusive rights to broadcast during the game and shutting out competitors Miller Brewing and Coors for the first time in years.
Yet for a single spot of $2.7 million, the advertising cost for a ubiquitous franchise such as McDonalds (who aired just one ad this year) breaks down to under $180 per store when divided between the approximate 15,000 US restaurants in the chain. âThe collective marketing power among franchised businesses is formidable,â adds Purvin.
After Anheuser-Busch, only six advertisers ran more than one or two commercial spots. Pepsico was second to Budweiser, buying several minutes of ad time among its franchised soft drink brands and its non-franchised Frito-Lay brands (primarily Doritos). Ford ran several spots during the game as well during the Pregame show. General Motors, Honda and Toyota (all product franchisors) each ran three spots for various brands. Just one cooperative network, California Cheese, advertised; in the past cooperatives like Ace Hardware and the Almond Growers Association have been active, but this year they stayed away.
Business format franchisors — those of which consumers traditionally associate with franchising â accounted for just 11 commercials (one fewer than in 2007, but down more than 50% from prior years), including spots from McDonalds, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Cars.com, and regional entries (on the West Coast where the survey was conducted) from Jack-in-the Box. The business format segment was far more active in the pre- and post-game markets.
Franchisors were even more dominate in the pre and post game markets, including a strong showing of business format franchises (who ran 29 spots out of the prime time slots, and increase of 20% from the prior year). The AAFD survey counted 135 spots during the 4 hours of programming before and after the game presentation. 82 ads were placed by franchisers compared to 53 by non-franchisers. Subtracting 20 FOX pregame promotions and a dozen political ads in advance of Super Tuesday primary elections, there were 21 more franchise related spots than non-franchised, the highest ratio in several years.
Between 2:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Eastern time, consumers were âtreatedâ to almost 2 hours and fifteen minutes (approximately 266 thirty-second ads), 62% of which were placed by companies engaged in franchising (164 30-second spots, compared to 102 non-franchise sponsored spots). This was about the same ration as 2007.
Manufacturers led the non-franchised segment with 15 ads, with several from pharmaceuticals. Motion picture promos ballooned to 17 spots during the pregame and game periods, up significantly from last year. Nine retail businesses aired ads during the 7 hours of broadcastâthis was a virtually non-existent segment the last two years.
During the game approximately 57 different companies advertised, plus three public service announcements. Bridgestone Tires sponsored the half time show, while Amp Energy Drinks (Pepsi, Salesgenie.com, Chase Bank, Chevrolet, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, and State Farm Insurance each sponsored segments of the 4-hour pregame show. Cadillac sponsored the short post game festivities.
This yearâs crop of ads were less striking than past years, with no candidate seemingly destined for the Super Bowl Ad Hall of Fame, although E-Tradeâs infant stock trader was quite clever. Three other memorable ads were delivered by Budweiser (with a Clydesdale âRocky Balboaâ) and by Coca-Cola.
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The American Association of Franchisees and Dealers is the oldest and largest direct member non-profit trade association representing the interests of franchisees and independent dealer networks throughout the United States. Stressing market solutions and franchisee empowerment through independent franchisee associations, the AAFD has grown to represent more than 60,000 franchised businesses nationwide.
Formed in 1992, the AAFD is focused on market driven reform to achieve its mission to define and promote collaborative franchise cultures that the AAFD describes as Total Quality Franchising. Since its formation the AAFD has grown to represent more than 50,000 franchised businesses throughout the United States. The AAFD currently has members in all 50 states and represents more than 100 different franchise systems.
The AAFD’s Fair Franchising Standards, Fair Franchising Seal, Trademark Chapters, and emphasis on Marketplace Solutions led to the Association’s recognition as a growing force in franchising. The AAFDâs Branded Partner programs add a new dimension to the value of AAFD membership. The AAFD provides a broad range of member services designed to help franchisees build market power, create legislative support of interest to franchisees, provide legal and financial support, and provide a wide range of general member benefits.
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