You can’t have the Superbowl without ads. For generations, brands have been known to pull out all the stops (and drop colossal amounts money) on their ads that air on football’s biggest night. And while this trend lives on, we’ve seen a huge shift with how these ads are released over the last few years. Brands have finally embraced the power of online video, and in order to get more mileage out of their Superbowl ads, companies are now releasing teasers of their commercials even before the Superbowl airs.
This practice provides a win-win situation for both parties. Viewers get a sneak peek on the entertaining commercials that they’ll see on game day, while brands are able to rack up more views and exposure, while generating pre-Superbowl views at the same time.
So what can we expect for this year’s big game? Below is a look at some of the best Superbowl ads that you’ll see on Sunday:
GoDaddy – Body Builder
GoDaddy is notorious for using half-naked women to promote their products. This year though, the web hosting company decided to go in a slightly different direction. You’ll still see some half-naked people in the ad… they’re just not going to be a lot of women.
Axe – Peace
In this ad, Axe shows us various scenes that seem to suggest war and violence. There’s a Middle Eastern official poised to push a button that looks like it’ll deploy some deadly missiles, there’s a scene where an armed solider runs through the fields with his gun pointing out, we also see a war tank driving down a desolate urban area, and we see an Asian general looking over the crowed (obviously meant to depict North Korea).
At first we think that all hell might break loose, but in a lovable turn of events, each tense spot turns into scenes of love.
Volkswagen – Wings
In this ad, VW lets us all know–in hilarious fashion of course–that they have the most cars in the road with over 100,000 miles. In the ad, we see a dad telling his daughter that every time a Volkswagen vehicle reaches the 100k mark, a German engineer gets his wings. Can you imagine? You don’t have to. The ad does a pretty good job showing it to viewers. Be sure to watch it til the very end so you can find out what happens when a VW car reaches 200,000 miles.
Audi – Doberhuahua
Hate compromise? So does Audi. And in this ad, the automaker shows us exactly what’s going to happen if you ever compromise on the wrong things. Behold: the Doberhuahua (Doberman + Chihuahua).
Budweiser – Puppy Love
In this heartwarming spot, Budweiser tells the story of just how strong the love between a puppy and a horse can be.
Which ad did you like best? Do you have a favorite Superbowl ad that’s not on this list? Tweet us your responses at @Ad_Media!