Brands spent big time ad dollars on the Super Bowl. Who got the best value?
Another Super Bowl has come and gone with hard-hitting excitement, a legendary Katy Perry/Missy Elliot fueled half-time performance and, of course, a full-lineup of Super Bowl commercials to laugh at, sympathize with, and share. And with Super Bowl commercials costing sponsoring brands $4.5 million each, marketers will surely want to know which brands got the best bang for their buck – and why they should be looking into effective sponsorships, as well.
To find out which Super Bowl sponsors formed partnerships that were likely to reach the right audiences, we conducted a brand affinity analysis of Socialbakers data on Facebook.
Page Affinity analysis helps brands understand how their Facebook Page is related to other pages and inform their potential for partnership and advertising. This provides Page admins knowledge about the “distance” of their Facebook page to other Facebook Pages along with providing a deeper understanding of their “engaged Fans.” Please note that passive Fans are excluded from Page Affinity analysis because they are not interacting with the selected Page’s content, and therefore, are not a good representation of what active Fans find engaging. The more active, engaged Fans who visit both partner brands’ Pages, the more likely that sponsorship will earn you favorable ROI.
Brands that leverage brand affinity knowledge are able to make smarter partnership and advertising decisions, increase their EdgeRank, and consequently improve both organic and paid engagement. To create such an analysis, we identify the Pages that we want to run the Page Affinity for and use Socialbakers Analytics to pull the data and run the custom affinity analysis. Here is a quick description of the reasons that Pages would share strong affinity:
First and foremost, let’s take a look at the choices that the NFL made in terms of its sponsors. Please note – when it comes to brand affinity, the lower the number (or closer to the center), the higher the “closeness” between one Page to another.
We can say with a high level of assurance that the NFL, New England Patriots, and Seattle Seahawks share a Page Affinity with each other, which is good news as otherwise it would be very difficult for their social managers to share similar or interchangeable content. You can also strongly connect that the NFL’s partnerships with Coca-Cola and Pepsi are valuable for both the organization and the brands involved.
On the other hand, the majority of the other sponsors fall into the “significantly associated” category between the league and the teams; meaning that each social media manager should look deeply into their relationship before evaluating a sponsorship. On the far extreme, we can see that one of the new sponsors, Loctite, has a long way to go with their social strategy before they should enter into another NFL sponsorship. There isn’t enough overlap between their two Fan bases to make their partnership a likely success.
If you are interested in learning more about how affinity analysis could help identify your key sponsorship opportunities and increase social visibility, then contact email@example.com.