See which brand ads smashed it at Super Bowl LIV

Colin Pye
Colin Pye
February 3 6 min read

Attention and emotion measures reveal propensity for advertising creative to drive impact of paid media investment 

Based on aggregate measurement from an opt-in panel audience (n=2,500) using webcams and anonymous facial coding, the Realeyes’ “Interest” score is an index that combines attention and emotion signals to build a second-by-second indication of a viewer’s distraction, attention and attentive engagement of video advertising content. Higher scores indicate that viewers showed greater interest, attention and engagement as measured by their facial cues. 

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This year's top commercial spots according Realeyes Interest score: 

  • (92) Mountain Dew Zero Sugar – As Good As The Original  
  • (86) The Avocados from Mexico – Shopping Network  
  • (85) Rocket Mortgage – Momoa at Home  
  • (84) P&G Presents – When We Come Together...Super Bowl Party
  • (84) Pepsi – Zero Sugar - Done Right 

“At $5.6 million per 30-second commercial spot, the advertising creatives that command the greatest attention ultimately maximize the delivery of messaging,” said Max Kalehoff, Realeyes’ vice president of marketing. “Facial coding and attention measurement unlock the ability for marketers to embed human response into advertising, ensuring brand content makes paid media work harder.”  

Realeyes measures attention as a key metric to accurately predict view-through rates (VTR) of video content before ads go live. Accurate VTR prediction scores enable advertisers to select the best content to maximize return on media investment. Greater view-through rates result in greater effective reach and impact as content is distributed across different media channels and ad formats. 

This year 12 Super Bowl spots scored higher than the Interest norm of 73 within Realeyes’ historical database of nearly 500 Super Bowl ads.  

“Advertisers this year pursued a diversity of approaches to earn attention, such as playing to positive and negative emotions, and last-minute agile strategies,” said Kalehoff. “However, noticeably absent this year was a dominant undertone of broader social movements more evident during past big games, like Black Lives Matter and #metoo. It is possible marketers were subdued in their messaging in light of an approaching election season and growing awareness of a national divide.” 


 

The ads that drove the highest average percent of “Positive" emotion throughout their duration were:  

  • (21.4%) Mountain Dew – Zero Sugar, As Good As The Original  
  • (20.9%) Doritos – The Cool Ranch feat. Lil Nas X and Sam Elliott  
  • (18.3%) Tide – Finally Later - Super Bowl 2020 
  • (17.5%) Cheetos – Can't Touch This SUPER BOWL LIV   
  • (17.0%) P&G – When We Come Together...Super Bowl Party 

The ads that drove the highest average percent of “Negative” emotion throughout their duration were:  

  • (18.1%) Hint Water – Super Bowl Commercial (2020) - Pie Eating Contest  
  • (14.3%) Amazon Prime Video – Hunters 
  • (13.1%) Donald Trump – Criminal Reform Ad - Super Bowl 2020 
  • (13.0%) Soda Stream – SodaStream Discovers Water On Mars   
  • (12.5%) Lightlife TV – Surprise Yourself  

About Realeyes  

Using webcams and the latest in computer vision and machine learning technologies, Realeyes measures attention and emotion of opt-in audiences as they watch video content online. Realeyes content intelligence enables brands, agencies and media companies to inform and measure their content, predict performance, and maximize return on media investment. Founded in 2007, the company has offices in New York, Boston, London, Tokyo and Budapest. Customers include brands such as Mars Inc., AT&T, Hershey's and Coca-Cola, agencies Ipsos, MarketCast and Publicis, and media companies such as Warner Media and Teads. 

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