Feb 2008
Super Bowl XLII Commercials: Number 3 – Budweiser

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Number 3, Budweiser is the top dog (no pun intended) when it comes to Super Bowl advertising. They were the only advertiser to run seven commercials during the event this year. And at 2.7 million dollars per 30 second spot, Budweiser takes the Super Bowl audience seriously. Fortunately, there was a record audience to watch the New York Giants defeat the New England Patriots.

One would expect that any company who spends those kind of dollars on one event would create a memorable commercial. Budweiser went back to the well and produced a spot featuring the Clydesdale horses. Using the ‘Rocky’ theme song, the storyline revolved around a horse that didn’t make the cut, then was trained for a year by a Dalmatian. Of course, the horse made the team the following year. It was one of the few Super Bowl commercials that actually told a positive and uplifting story.

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