As football season kicks off today, where should brands and marketers focus their attention? It’s a long season and everyone wants to “win” the Super Bowl, so social trend analysis is a great place to start.
Track Trends in the Moment
Following Nike’s unveiling of Colin Kaepernick as the face of their newest ad campaign, it’s no surprise the former San Francisco 49ers starter is a prominent topic. The term “boycotting” is also in the mix, and a search on the NFL in NetBase Pro bears out the negative sentiment around both Nike and the NFL in general:
Some are critical of Nike and the NFL for being more concerned with politics than their patrons. Others can’t get past the perceived disrespect of kneeling for the anthem. These are hot topics for sure, and brands on both sides of the argument must use social monitoring to know whether they are in trouble or not.
The good news is social moves quickly. Though Nike and Kaepernick are still being overwhelmingly discussed on September 5, new topics are emerging as opening day approaches:
And a search on Nike in the past day (September 4-5) shows Emotions are pretty well split:
For all those burning their Nike gear…
…there are people declaring new love for the brand:
Monitor Your Campaigns
Trend analysis is just one aspect of social analytics. If you were performing social listening all along, you should already know what your audience is about, and what will inspire them to engage with your brand as you launch your football ad campaigns.
There’s a lot of love for the gimmick, with a big spike in positive sentiment on 8/14 when the campaign was announced. But there was also a big negative spike on 8/18, as Bud Light’s NFL affiliation ruffled some feathers.
This is when it’s helpful to engage influencers to help keep the conversation flowing in a positive direction. Here are a few Bud Light could consider:
It might seem strange to see Bud Light on their own influencer list – but what’s notable is the channel. YouTube is working well for them, so they might consider focusing efforts there – and sharing those videos on other channels.
Again, social is fast-moving, and by yesterday sentiment had rebounded nicely. Here are some of the Emotions in play:
The victory fridge idea is being embraced more than not, which is good. Bud Light will have to keep a close eye on this campaign and learn all they can leading up to the Super Bowl.
Prepping for a Championship
The Super Bowl is the goal, of course – for teams and marketers alike. Now is the time to monitor your campaigns and work out the kinks, while also keeping alert to sudden trends worth leveraging as the season progresses.
Our Super Bowl infographic has some key points worth noting:
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Super Bowl Ads Infographic by NetBase
Instead of seeking to team up with the “biggest” brand Kia sought out a brand with a passionate and vocal fan-base. They wanted to showcase the pizzazz and luxury of their new Kia Optima, and they thought Stance’s quirky individuality would be the perfect complement.
Stance smartly used social analytics to prove they were the perfect challenger brand for the job – and they reaped major benefits from the partnership.
That’s just one example, of course. Many brands have had stand-out Super Bowl moments – but many have also fallen short, like Dodge and Squarespace. The NetBase Industry Report 2018: Super Bowl Advertising highlights what happened for both brands, as well as what brought several brands Super Bowl victory.
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