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Official: YouTube tallies votes for this year's top five Super Bowl spots [w/video]

By Jonathon Ramsey

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When we asked you to tell us which of this year’s 16 car-themed Super Bowl commercials you liked best, you chose the Farmer commercial from Chrysler Group, advertising the Ram trucks, over Audi’s Prom commercial in second place. Turns out the voters in YouTube’s Ad Blitz poll agreed, voting the same commercial to the number one spot from among the field commercials in every category.

From there, however, they went in a totally different direction. Budweiser’s The Clydesdales spot came second, Samsung’s The Next Big Thing took third. The Jeep Whole Again ad scored fourth in the YouTube poll, fifth in our poll of auto commercials, and the Hyundai Team spot got fifth from the YouTubers, but ninth in our poll.

The voting results don’t match up with the viewing numbers, though – while Farmer has more than 13 million views, The Next Big Thing is well beyond 21 million. You can read the press release below and see all five spots, lined up for you, one more time.

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Report: Ram raises a quick $1 million for farmers with Super Bowl ad

By John Neff

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While Chrysler has been behind the Super Bowl‘s most talked-about commercials for the past few years, this is the first year the automaker has added an element of charity to its marketing plans for the big game.

Chrysler aired a pair of two-minutes ads during the Super Bowl this year, one for Jeep called Whole Again, and the other for the Ram brand called Farmer. As we mentioned earlier in the week, Jeep has promised to give up to $300,000 to the United Services Organization (USO). The brand, whose own history is forever tied to this country’s military, will donate $1 for every tweet with the hashtag #joinOSR, or visit to Yahoo.com or the Jeep Operation SAFE Return website.

Ram had somewhat loftier goals, pledging to give up to $1 million to the Future Farmers of America. The plan was to donate $100,000 for every 1 million times the commercial was seen, shared or emailed from its website. Now we have word from Ram brand chief Fred Diaz that the million-dollar goal has been reached less than five days after the ad first aired.

The ad has reportedly done wonders for Ram, as well, with traffic to its website up ten-fold and dealers reporting their showrooms are fuller than before, sometimes with people who just want to say how much the ad had touched them. If you feel moved to watch the ad again, feel free to scroll down below for the video.

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Official: Jeep follows up Super Bowl spot with call to help the USO

By Jeffrey N. Ross

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Once again, Chrysler had one of the most talked about Super Bowl commercials with its two-minute Whole Again Jeep spot, which was used to highlight its Operation SAFE Return program for US military personnel returning home from active duty. As part of this campaign, Jeep announced today that it will be donating up to $300,000 to the United Services Organizations (USO), and you can help.

Simply tweet using the #joinOSR hashtag on Twitter, visit the Yahoo! homepage or go to the Jeep Operation SAFE Return website, and Jeep will donate $1 to a fund that provides returning troops things like employment assistance and incentives to buy new vehicles. Jeep is also donating to this charity to the tune of $250 for each Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited (including the Freedom Edition model) and Jeep Patriot Freedom Edition model sold.

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Study: Ad Analysis: Which Super Bowl commercials won and lost last night? [w/video]

By Seyth Miersma

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From kickoff through the blackout and on to the Baltimore Ravens walking away victorious at Super Bowl XLVII, advertising analysts were tracking the impact of all those very expensive commercials. Automakers and their agencies were no exception here, which means there’s been plenty of data logged in terms of which car spots actually succeeded or flopped.

Of course, as next-day results can’t exactly be measured by counting up how many folks ran out and bought a new car, judging audience reaction can be a tricky business. As evidence, we’ve read through (and watched) some early analysis pieces from various sources, and none of them can agree on which commercial was the most powerful of the night. Not even close, in fact.

We’ve read through the early analysis from various sources, and none of them can agree on which commercial was the most powerful of the night. Not even close.

“Lift” is a common marketing term and basis for measuring the success of a particular piece of advertising; the term refers roughly to the improvement in audience response to a product after viewing the advertisement. Using data from Edmunds about the lift generated by auto commercials during the big game, The Truth About Cars reported that Mercedes-Benz was the night’s big winner. TTAC maintained that the CLA Soul advertisement generated a whopping 3,067% of lift when it aired in the fourth quarter. The report also indicated that Volkswagen’s Get Happy ad and Lincoln’s Phoenix spot for the new MKZ were among the poorest performers on the night.

In an entirely separate study, car-number crunchers Autometrics had some dramatically different results (see the press release, below). In its report, Autometrics found the Lincoln MKZ spot to be the most successful of the evening, with an event-leading 42% “Share of Lift” and a massive 5,800% increase in “prospects.”

Moving into anecdotal review of the commercials, we see some evidence that the tenderhearted ads from Ram and Jeep were winners on the evening. USA Today interviewed former General Motors and Hyundai marketing chief Joel Ewanick, who personally found Ram’s Farmer commercial to be the most compelling. Ewanick reportedly considered Jeep’s Whole Again tribute to American servicemen and servicewomen to be the “second-best” spot. Of course, if you ask media expert Frank Luntz of CBS to talk about his reaction data, he’ll tell you that Farmer was one of the least successful ads of the game, while Kia’s Space Babies commercial was the toast of the Super Bowl as far as car makers go. Oh, and Luntz also claims that the CLA spot that the Edmunds data loved was “not distinguishable.” Go figure. Scroll down to watch the CBS breakdown video, below.

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Video: Chrysler uses Super Bowl spots to honor troops, farmers

By John Neff

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How do you follow up such revered and successful ads as Chrysler’s last two Super Bowl commercials? Imported from Detroit and Halftime in America should be given credit for giving the automaker’s public perception a complete overhaul after its rescue from the brink with taxpayer money. What next, then?

We just found out during Super Bowl XLVII. This year Chrysler went with two commercials, one for Jeep and the other Ram. The two-minute-long Jeep commercial, called Whole Again, is narrated by Oprah Winfrey and presented as an open letter to the service men and women of America, simply expressing admiration for what they do – poignant message coming from a company whose history is so entwined with that of the military’s.

The Ram commercial, called Farmer, honors the agricultural backbone of this country. Its soundtrack is a speech entitled “So God Made a Farmer” given by the famous radio broadcaster Paul Harvey, which plays over a slideshow of original photography commissioned by Ram. The images, of course, focus on farming and the people who do it for a living, and there’s a few Ram trucks in there, as well.

Do the ads work? Watercooler judges around America will answer that later today, but we think they’re just the right sort of follow up to both of Chrysler’s previous big ads. Check ’em out below for yourself.

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Chrysler uses Super Bowl spots to honor troops, farmers originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 03 Feb 2013 23:25:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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