Late-Breaking Data Reveal Major Traffic Spikes at Advertiser Sites
RESTON, Va., Feb. 8, 2005 – Comscore Networks today released an analysis of the online impact of Super Bowl XXXIX. In 2005, consumers came to expect that many Super Bowl commercials will deliver a call to online action, whether to learn more about an intriguing product, enter a sweepstakes or make sense of a purposefully vague advertisement.
According to a Comscore survey conducted in the week preceding the Super Bowl,* viewers were well prepared for advertisements both on television and on the Web. Fully 28 percent of those planning to watch the Super Bowl reported that “watching the ads” would be their favorite aspect of the game, and 77 percent of respondents reported that they expected to use the Internet on game day.
Budweiser.com Was This Year’s Top Gaining Advertiser SiteWhen asked to select which three brand advertisements they most look forward to seeing, 80 percent of survey respondents chose Budweiser/Bud Light. The brewer did not disappoint, based upon online activity; this year’s top gaining advertiser Web site was Budweiser.com, which saw traffic increase by almost 600 percent on Super Bowl Sunday compared to the average of the four previous Sundays. Moreover, the site was up significantly for much of the week leading up to the Super Bowl as users visited in search of an ad spoofing Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction,” which Budweiser reportedly pulled from its Super Bowl lineup.
An undoubtedly controversial ad by Web services company GoDaddy.com drove traffic to that site 378 percent above average, while technophiles and others seeking more information about the Olympus m:robe portable media player turned up traffic volume at OlympusAmerica.com by 363 percent.
Apple iTunes saw a more than 170-percent jump in site traffic driven largely by the second annual Pepsi promotion offering the chance to win free songs through the pay-per-download music service; Napster, which advertised for the first time as a rival to iTunes, posted a greater than 30-percent increase on Super Bowl
Sunday. A commercial promoting the Cadillac V-Series throttled traffic to Cadillac.com 171 percent above average, while a pair of advertisements for Ameriquest Mortgage Company, in addition to sponsorship of the Super Bowl halftime show, nearly doubled activity at the lender’s Web site.
Traffic Spikes Correlated to Time of TV AdvertisementWith PCs within the reach of many Super Bowl viewers during the game, traffic spiked dramatically at the Web sites of several game sponsors within minutes of their commercials’ airtime. Comscore analyzed traffic levels to major advertisers’ sites in 30-minute periods throughout the day compared to the average half hour, and discovered that:
Note: Unless otherwise noted, comparisons reflect increases in site visitors for the 30-minute period spanning each brand’s television advertisements versus average traffic in all 30-minute time blocks on game day.
Sports Sites Score as Fans Follow Along OnlineWith a wealth of information beyond the TV broadcast about teams, players and plays, sports sites saw expected gains on Super Bowl Sunday. Compared to the four previous Sundays, the sites of the Super Bowl XXXIX competitors saw the biggest gains, with the Patriots coming out on top (230 percent to 89 percent), just as they did in the game itself.
Not surprisingly, official site SuperBowl.com saw a significant increase of 88 percent on game day. NFLShop.com gained 45 percent on Super Bowl Sunday, as Americans flocked to the sites to buy Super Bowl merchandise. Finally, buoyed by FOX’s coverage of the game and constant references to the Web site in the in-game ticker, FOX Sports on MSN saw a 38-percent visitation increase, while the sports entities of major Web properties such as Yahoo! and AOL also earned substantial gains.
“We see continue to see advertisers growing more sophisticated in developing integrated campaigns that span different media,” said Peter Daboll, president and CEO of Comscore MMX. “The Super Bowl offers an ideal opportunity to pique interest via television, and follow through online where marketers can make more enduring connections with consumers.”
*Based on a ComscoreQ2 survey of 1,530 U.S. participants in the Comscore consumer panel, conducted January 28-31, 2005. A press release announcing the results of the survey is available at the following address: http://www.comscore.com/press/release.asp?press=554
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