Undoubtedly, you've spent a minute or more watching this year's World Cup. What you may notice, is that because play never stops until halftime, a majority of the advertising is done in-game via rotating signage or digital display ads OR during the pre-game, halftime, and post-game analyses.
The World Cup is a great place to raise brand awareness, but probably isn't the event you're going to debut a new product or unveil a revolutionary idea. This is simply because the World Cup has a global viewership and is fragmented based largely upon national allegiances. For instance, viewership in England among women increases from 38% to 46% when their native country is playing (The Guardian, June 2010). Another reason for this is that the event takes place over the course of a month and is similar to March Madness in that regard.
Because many companies see the World Cup as an opportunity to showcase their business on a global scale, the creative is top-notch. This may be one of the reasons that the ads resonate with women more than with men, although the viewership skews more male than female.
In an event that showcases superstars like Messi, Suarez, Neymar, and Ronaldo...this is your opportunity to make your business the hero. YOU'RE the superstar. Now is not the time to do a human interest piece that tugs at your heart strings. Promote the brand early.
Unexpected ads that work within the context of the World Cup seem to gain traction among viewers. The popular " I believe that we will win" chant that the USA has adopted, might be a good example of how a business might pair nationalism, fanaticism, and product placement if it fits with the brand.
Celebrity endorsements are hit and miss. It would take a global superstar with incredible recognition for this to work they way people are accustomed.
Finally, clarity of vision is paramount.
So, there you have it! Take these tips and corner kick them to your best play-maker for a game-winning header and enjoy the fruits of your labor!
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