Can an Epic Super Bowl Commercial Solve Facebook’s Image Problem?

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January 26, 2020 1:30 PM UTC

Facebook hasn’t released a teaser or its commercial like many companies have. But we do know it will be about Facebook groups and will feature Sylvester Stallone, Chris Rock, and a whole bunch of Rocky look-a-likes on those infamous steps in Philadelphia.

  • Nothing gets a company or product more exposure than a commercial during the Super Bowl.
  • With the game often being dull and boring, it is not unusual for the commercials to be the best part of the broadcast.
  • Since the best commercials will gain even more value when they go viral on social media, companies will often go to extreme lengths to make sure they produce something memorable.

Super Bowl commercials are a pretty big deal in the advertising world. With easily 100 million people watching the game (and hopefully the commercials), there is no better time to introduce consumers to a product.

The networks know this, of course, which is why they are able to charge upwards of “$5.6 million for a 30-second spot” like FOX is this year.

But the size of the audience is not the only reason why Super Bowl commercials are such a big deal. It is not unheard of for the Super Bowl to be a complete snooze-fest—like last year’s defensive (yawn) battle between the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams.

Hopefully this will not be the case for this year’s game between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers. But if the 49ers defense can shut down Patrick Mahomes, it might be.

Super Bowl commercials have been more entertaining than the game in some years. When that happens, and there are 100 million people watching, that creates what every advertiser wants—buzz.

But thanks to social media, an entertaining commercial can go viral. When it does, it can extend its reach well beyond that of the Super Bowl’s audience.

With streaming services eliminating commercials for many viewers on a daily basis, the audience that comes with a live event like the Super Bowl is special. Capturing the attention of that audience can be life-changing for a company.

A buzz-worthy commercial can change the outlook for a company and the perception people may have of it. That is why the $5.6 million price tag is well worth it to the original social media giant, Facebook.

Facebook Needs An Image Boost After 2019

Last year was not a good one for the OG of social media. Profits were fine but with all the drama that took place, the company could really use an image boost.

There was its most serious data breach to date that resulted in the records of 500 million users ending up on Amazon’s servers. That controversy went along with the fake news scandals, ethical controversies, and the Cambridge Analytica saga that resulted in a $5 billion fine.

Factor in the antitrust probe by the DOJ and the disastrous Libra project, and it is safe to say Facebook could use the kind of boost that an epic Super Bowl commercial could give.

What To Expect From Facebook’s First Super Bowl Commercial

The right commercial can do wonders for the narrative surrounding a company. Yes, even a, a high-tech, high-profile company like Facebook with a well-established narrative. A good, entertaining commercial can do wonders for public perception.

Do they need their own version of ‘where’s the beef?,’ ‘wassuuppp,’ or the ‘Bud, Weis, Er’ frogs? Of course not. People might see something like Apple’s ‘1984’ inspired Super Bowl commercial as a sign of the world Mark Zuckerberg has in store for us.

No, it just needs to be something entertaining and memorable.

Facebook hasn’t released a teaser or its commercial like many companies have. But we do know it will be about Facebook groups. It will reportedly feature Sylvester Stallone, Chris Rock, and a whole bunch of Rocky look-a-likes on those infamous steps in Philadelphia.

Who doesn’t love that moment? With Chris Rock somehow involved and cracking jokes? The Facebook commercial sounds like it has potential. Will it do for the social media giant what the company is hoping for?

Only time will tell.

This article was edited by Gerelyn Terzo.

Last modified: January 25, 2020 11:15 PM UTC

Travis Pulver @FatManWriting

Travis graduated from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, with a master's in Political Science. Prior to that, he attended IU Purdue in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he earned his bachelor's degree in Political Science and earned his first degree at Texas A & M in Galveston, TX, a BS in Maritime Administration. You can contact him on Twitter at @FatManWriting. Over the last few years, Travis has worked for several news-oriented sites that focused on sports, especially football, baseball, basketball, and to a lesser extent, boxing and MMA. Having grown up in the football-crazed state of Texas, football is his first love. According to his mother, he was more excited to watch NFL and college games as a baby than Sesame Street or Mickey Mouse. His passion for sports quickly spread to baseball (favorite team is the Houston Astros), basketball, and track and field as a kid. It wasn’t until his college years that he discovered the tremendous game of rugby. He currently lives in the United States in Indiana (is a basketball fan but hates going to the Indy 500) with his wife and two adorable kids.

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