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2018 Best Super Bowl Commercials

Updated: Mar 29, 2018

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Sunday's Super Bowl LII championship took an unexpected turn with the Philadelphia Eagles beat the New England Patriots by 41 - 33. There were many fumbles, some controversies and exhilarating touchdowns.

The 2018 Super Bowl is also the stage where companies and ad agencies battled to get your attention with the best commercials. With an average cost of $5 million for a 30 second commercial, advertisers could not afford to fumble. Advertisers spent a total of $534 million on a single night of commercials in a bid to reach over 111 million people worldwide.

Why Are Super Bowl Commercials Expensive?

The simple answer is that there are limited commercial slots in the 2 hour Super Bowl game. And there is a lot of demand from companies hoping to reach the 111 million consumers. And the fact that the viewership has remained relatively stable has helped media companies keep commercial prices high.

The Line Up

The 2018 Super Bowl commercials focus less on politics and more on humor, inspirational and humanitarian messages. There were less commercials objectifying women, instead the theme for some marketing messages have been empowering and uplifting.

If we split the commercials by industries, we can gain more insights into Super Bowl commercials. Here's the breakdown, Media (23%), Automobile (15%), Food and Beverage (15%), Tech (9%), Beer (8%), Household (6%) and Finance (6%). The media industry remains as the top advertiser for the Super Bowl with companies like NBC, Lucasfilm, Netflix and HBO promoting their movies and TV series. The tech companies (Wix, Intuit, Squarespace) seem more aggressive in spending their advertising dollar compared to traditional industries such as Finance and Telcos.

The Best Commercials

1. Amazon: Alexa Loses Her Voice

In the beautifully crafted commercial, Amazon's Alexa lost her voice and the company had to find substitutes. These replacements included Gordon Ramsay, Rebel Wilson, Cardi B, Sir Anthony Hopkins and they helped answer users queries in a hilarious and entertaining way. One scene shows a user asking, "Alexa show me how to make a grilled cheese sandwich." Then Gordon Ramsay replies with, "You are 30 years of age and you don't know how to make a grilled cheese sandwich. You are pathetic! Its name is the recipe. You ****!"

2. Tide: It's A Tide Ad!

Every commercial is a Tide commercial! The detergent brand scored a touchdown with this commercial. The one minute commercial was funny, engaging and witty. It starts by asking questions such as " Typical Super Bowl car ad?", "Hilarious beer ad?" and then reveals that all these ads are actually Tide ads because the people in the ads are wearing spotless clothes. It kept audiences guessing which ads are Tide ads. Great for their brand recall!

3. NFL: Dirty Dancing "Touchdown Celebrations To Come"

The Dirty Dancing parody featured Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. in a well choreographed dance showing NFL players celebrating after a touchdown. The commercial was fun and gave fans something to smile and laugh at during the game.

4. FritoLay & Pepsi: Doritos Blaze vs Mountain Dew

The collaboration between FritoLay & Pepsi was a big success. The companies were promoting new products, Doritos Blaze and Mountain Dew Ice by showing the contrast with a catchy song and dance between Peter Dinklage and Morgan Freeman (two very different actors). The commercial ends with Dinklage and Freeman coming together like a match made in Heaven (or Hell).

5. Toyota: Good Odds

This feel good ad is a story of how Paralympics skier Lauren Woolstencroft overcame her disabilities to win 8 gold medals. The heart warming story starts by showing the odds of Lauren winning a gold medal at 1 in 997,500,000 and with determination and perseverance she narrowed her odds to even. Lauren's story will surely tug on the heart strings of views worldwide.

5. Hyundai: Hope Detector

Hyundai chose to feature its non-profit organization, Hyundai Hope On Wheels in its Super Bowl commercial. In the emotional commercial, Hyundai onwers coming for the Super Bowl Experience were stopped at security checkpoints and asked to enter a secondary screening area. In the room, Hyundai owners watched heart warming videos of how their donations helped pediatric cancer patients and their families. In an emotional surprise, real life cancer survivors and family came into the room to personally thank Hyundai owners. The emotional union ends in tears and hugs from both families.

The Worst Commercials

1. Ram: Dr. Martin Luther King

Ram used Dr. Martin Luther King's speech in service to promote their Dodge trucks. Was it insensitive to use King's words such as "If you want to be important, wonderful.", "but recgonize that he who is greatest among you shall be a servant" to sell its line of Dodge trucks? The ad ends with the tagline, "Built to serve. Ram." The King Center and Bernice King released a statement that they do not approve the use of Dr. Martin Luther King's words or imagery for the purpose of the Dodge advertisement (from ABC News).

2. Coca-Cola: Diet Coke Twisted Mango

Funny dance? Or just weird? The advertisement featured Australian TV star, Hayley Magnus dancing in front of a giant yellow wall to promote Diet Coke Mango. Was the advertisement as baffling as the product itself? Coca-Cola spent two years to research and develop their new line of "healthy" fruit flavored sodas to target a new generation of consumers. Only time will tell if this product will become a success.

3. Kraft: Family Greatly

Kraft tried to engage its consumers by asking for photo and video submissions on Twitter and Instagram during the game. The 30 second ad features photos and videos of real people, real families with the tagline, "We'll be there for you tonight and every night that follows." Although the idea was creative, the execution was lackluster. The ad looked like an amateur photo slideshow.

4. Avocados from Mexico: Bubble Dome Riot

What's with Avocados? The commercial is about a colony of people living the perfect life in a bio-dome. The inhabitants start rioting when they realize that they have avocados but not chips. And ends with the message that you can enjoy avocados in many different ways. Although the organization has a reputation for producing weird ads, this commercial tries too hard to be funny.

5. Yellow Tail Wines: Big Game Surprise

What's with the kangaroo? In the commercial a man comes home from work to a surprise party with people sipping on Yellow Tail wines and... a kangaroo. Although the company wanted to highlight its Australian origins, its taking it too literally.

6. Squarespace: Make It Happen

What? If you had this reaction after watching the 30 second commercial of Keanu Reeves surfing on a motorcycle, you are not alone. The advertisement had absolutely no relevance to the web services that the company offers. Perhaps, Keanu Reeves was too expensive to hire for a longer commercial?

7. Wix: Rhett & Link

This last minute Super Bowl ad featured two YouTube stars, Rhett and Link. The 30 second commercial was a basic tutorial on how to use the Wix platform to design a blog. With each advertisement slot costing $5 million, you would think that companies would spend more effort and money on producing the actual commercials.

And with that we wrap up the 2018 Super Bowl Commercials, The Best, The Worst and The Weird. What will the 2019 Super Bowl bring? Hopefully, more laughter, tears and unexpected twists.

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The Complete List of 2018 Super Bowl Commercials

We have made the effort to summarize all the 2018 Super Bowl Commercials for you to view and analyze. Do let us know what you think.

Automobile & Parts

1. Jeep - Jurassic (Jeep Wrangler)

2. Jeep - The Road (Jeep Cherokee)

3. Toyota - One Team

4. Toyota - Good Odds

5. Ram - We Will Rock You

6. Ram - Dr. Martin Luther King

7. Kia - Feel Something Again

8. Lexus - Black Panther

9. Hyundai - Hope Detector

10. Weather Tech - American Factory

Food & Beverage

11. FritoLay & Pepsi - Doritos Blaze vs Mountain Dew Ice

12. Pepsi - Pepsi Generation

13. Coca-Cola - The Wonder of Us

14. Coca-Cola - Diet Coke Twisted Mango

15. Pringles - WOW

16. Kraft - Family Greatly

17. M&Ms - Human

18. Avocados from Mexico - Bubble Dome Riot

19. Yellow Tail Wines - Big Game Surprise


20. Bud Light - The Bud Knight

21. Budweiser - Stand by You

22. Michelob Ultra - The Perfect Fit

23. Michelob Ultra - I Like Beer

24. Stella Artois - Taps

Fast Foods

25. Wendy's - Iceberg

26. Jack In The Box - Jack vs Martha


27. Tide - It's A Tide Ad

28. Persil - Game-Time Stain-Time

29. Febreze - The Only Man Whose Bleep Don't Stink


30. BMO Harris Bank - Dream Home

31. Geico Insurance - Washington Crosses the Delaware Turnpike

32. Rocket Mortgage - Rocket Mortgage

33. E*Trade - This Is Getting Really Old


34. Wix - Rhett & Link

35. Groupon - Who Wouldn't "Support Local Business"

36. Amazon - Alexa Loses Her Voice

37. Squarespace - Make It Happen

38. Intuit - A Giant Story

39. TurboTax - The Thing Under The Bed


40. T-Mobile - Little Ones

41. Verizon - Answering The Call

42. Sprint - Do The Math And Switch To Sprint


43. NBC - This Is Us

44. NBC - The Voice

45. NBC - Winter Olympics: Mikaela Shiffrin Always Be Faster Than The Boys

46. NBC - Winter Olympics: Lindsey Vonn Girl On Fire

47. NBC - NFL Dirty Dancing "Touchdown Celebrations To Come"

48. Universal Pictures - Skyscraper

49. Universal Pictures - Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

50. Lucasfilm - Solo: A Star Wars Story

51. Netflix - The Cloverfield Paradox

52. HBO - Westworld Season 2

53. USA Network - Unsolved

54. Paramount Pictures - Mission Impossible Fallout

55. Amazon - Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan

56. Marvel Studios - Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War

57. Hulu - Castle Rock


58. Tourism Australia - Crocodile Dundee

59. Universal Studios - Peyton Manning: Vacation Quarterback

60. Turkish Airlines - 5 Senses With Dr. Oz

61. PETA - Redemption: Go Vegan

62. BLACTURE - Be Celebrated

63. Mucinex - Mucinex Is The Fix For America's Sick Days

64. Monster - You Deserve Better

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