How Quick Acting Brands Took Advantage of Super Bowl Power Outage

Author: Geoff Simon
Published: February 04, 2013 at 1:11 pm

It's happened before, in the NFL, NHL Stanley Cup back in 1988, and MLB numerous times, when a game must be delayed due to circumstances beyond the control of everyone's best laid plans. Last night, when the power went out for 34 minutes during the Super Bowl, some quick thinking brands - Oreo, Tide, and Audi to name a few, used the unforeseen event to engage in some humor on social media site Twitter.

The quick action by brands like Oreo was made possible because executives from the brand side, as well as their digital agency of record, in this case 360i, we're monitoring everything on social media from what AdAge calls a 'mission control center'.

oreo tweet during super bowl power outage

While the "You Can Still Dunk in the Dark" Oreo Pic was perhaps the most popular in terms of re-tweets with 15k and counting, Audi took a humorous shot at competitor Mercedes Benz with it's reaction to the outage. As many know, Super Bowl XLVII was played at the Mercedes Benz Superdome.

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In the case of Tide, they used humor as well to remind people, that while they can't get your #blackout, they can get your stains out. Timeliness and relevancy to the power-outage, along with humor seemed to be key for the brands messages during the blackout.

The Super Bowl was the highest rated ever, CBS announced this morning. And even though the final numbers haven't been tallied, it didn't stop them from highlighting the overnight household rating of 48.1/71 in metered markets, which is the highest ever according to this article from Huffington Post. Nielsen also reports that Baltimore had the highest ratings of any of the markets.

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