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Super Bowl Crowd Funding Brand Advertising Increases Brand Awareness

Stacy Jones
Stacy Jones
January 30, 2015 at 9:00 AM

3 minute read

Brands Plan To Pool Their Marketing Budgets Together For Super Bowl Ad Success

The Super Bowl is just around the corner, and if you’re not excited about the big game itself you’re likely excited to see the plethora of ads that are to be rolled out by big brands in a bid to resonate with one of TV’s biggest audience reach of the year, and ultimately garner perhaps some of the biggest brand awareness possible. Super Bowl ads are a vital component of the game, and brands have been upping the ante each year in hopes that their ad will become a talking point for weeks, months and in some cases years to come!


Newcastle Brown Ale's Super Bowl Ad Price Tag War 

The 2015 Super Bowl is no exception, with :30 second ad spots during the game carrying a $4.5 million price tag, a hefty price to pay for such a short moment in time, but a massive audience of over 100 million! This price tag, however, is not off putting for big brands that are comfortable enough to build their advertising budgets around such advertising opportunities. And even some smaller brands like Loctite who spent their entire YEAR's marketing budget on a single ad.  

But what about the smaller brands who want to get themselves noticed during the Super Bowl adapalooza?

Well, Newcastle Brown Ale's new campaign has come to the rescue.




Arguably, smaller brand advertising is pushed out of the running for Super Bowl advertising spots as they’re beaten out by the heavy weight brands. Newcastle Brown Ale’s newest ad campaign has a plan to change the ad bidding game for the small scale brands – giving them an opportunity to play with the heavy weights during the excitement - not in - but around the big game.  

Inspired by the success of crowd funding techniques as a way of raising money to make projects a reality, Newcastle Brown Ale has created the Band of Brands campaign.   


Crowd Funding To The Rescue, For Advertising?

Crowd funding is a form of raising money that has become increasingly popular over the past few years. Many individuals and groups have used crowd funding methods to raise money for events ranging from traveling the world, to larger scale events like event organization and activation.

Newcastle Brown Ale’s crowd funded campaign challenges brands to pool their marketing budgets together and create a game changer of a Super Bowl ad!


The Result

With Aubrey Plaza on board as Newcastle's sassy, non-conventional spokesperson, the brand successfully captures audience attention with its dry wit and straight to the point realism.

While the ad itself can’t actually run in the treasured Super Bowl ad spots, as the NFL won’t allow dual brands – not to mention dozens of brands – to share ad time, the social media alone is proving worthwhile to brand participants. With mega results!


The Ad Campaign Is The PR Story

People have taken note about the innovative way Newcastle Brown Ale is executing this campaign through brand-to-brand crowd funding. That, in itself, is the PR story – more so than anything related to beer sales. You can view the Band of Brands official commercial here.  The full list of confirmed brands is listed here:

AmeriMerch.com, AprilUmbrellas.com, Armstrong Flooring and Ceilings, Beanitos Chips, Blettner Engineering, Boost Mobile, Brawny Paper Towels, Charisma, Detroit Beard Collective, District 78, Dixie, East End Leisure Co., Gladiator GarageWorks, Hello Products Oral Care, Hunt's Tomatoes, JackThreads, Jockey, Kern Group Security, Kibo Active + Leisure Wear, Krave Jerky, Las Vegas, Lee Jeans, Match.com, McClure's Pickles, Mr. Cheese O's, Newcastle Brown Ale, Polished Dental, Quilted Northern, Quinn Popcorn, Rosarita Beans, RO*TEL, Second Chance Custom, Sharper Image, Tessemae's All-Natural Dressings, The Ross Farm, Vanity Fair Napkins, YP.com and Zendure Batteries.



February 5, 2015 Update:

The end result is what one would expect from such a bespoke idea - frantic, but interesting. It’s not easy to throw 37 companies, including your own, into a commercial but Newcastle have managed to prove that their idea is both successful and a huge conversation starter. Watch the final masterpiece here, and let us know what you think!


The number of brands using entertainment marketing strategies in their marketing mix has substantially increased. Read more about entertainment marketing strategies here.


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Topics: Strategic Partnerships, Event Activations, Social Media Strategy, Sports

Stacy Jones

Written by Stacy Jones

Stacy Jones, Hollywood Branded's founder and CEO, has over twenty six years of leadership experience building global entertainment branding campaigns for top Fortune 500 companies and hundreds of brands. Her career started after receiving her BFA in Theater Production & Scenic Design from the University of Arizona. Acknowledged as an expert in the field, she has appeared on CNN and MSNBC; spoken at conferences around the globe from Germany to Beijing; and has been featured in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The Hollywood Reporter, Financial Times, The Economist, Brandweek, Advertising Age, Variety, B&C and Mediaweek amongst others. Originally from Texas, you will still hear her ya’ll as she gathers the team for strategy planning sessions. Like all true entrepreneurs, Stacy is an adventurer at her core – having sky dived, hang glided off bi-planes, swam with crocs while rafting the Zambezi in Africa, photographed grizzly bears in Alaska, trekked Mayan ruins in Belize, explored the ocean as an avid scuba diver, and who loves owning an advertising agency where she swims with a different type of Hollywood shark on a daily basis.


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