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Super Bowl 2013 commercials reveal a nostalgic America

What do the Super Bowl 2013 commercials say about the state of our nation? We’re hopeful, and we’re ready to recover from the recession. It’s not all about silly stunts, there is a deeper message here.



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Super Bowl 2013 commercials: our picks

While some tuned in last night for the epic game of the season, others tuned in for the billions of dollars spent on clever ad spots with 30 second ads starting at $2.8 million, and of course, others tuned for Beyonce, and a handful tuned in to see the drama surrounding half of the stadium losing power after half time, but regardless of the reasons, Super Bowl 2013 was eventful and memorable.

For their 25th year, USA Today’s Ad Meter studied the popularity of each commercial independently, based on 7,619 pre-registered panelists, this year naming the Budweiser Clydesdale horse commercial as the best of the best, as the nation watched a pony raised by its trainer, join the Budweiser Clydesdale tour, and years later become reunited to the tune of Fleetwood Mac’s Landslide.

Meanwhile, Tide came in a close second with their humorous look at a house divided among a 49ers fan who spills salsa onto his jersey in the shape of Joe Montana’s face, becoming a national sensation, only to be washed by his Ravens fan wife.

What the top Super Bowl 2013 commercials say about us

Although there were numerous comedic commercials that stood out from Amy Poehler’s Best Buy commercial to a gang of senior citizens’ partying and eating Taco Bell, there were three commercials that stood out the most, and they say a lot about our nation – the aforementioned emotional Budweiser Clydesdale commercial, Oprah’s USO Jeep commercial as a moving tribute to troops and their families as Oprah says, “We wait. We hope. We pray. Until you’re home again,” and Ram Trucks’ recording of Paul Harvey’s “so God made a farmer” monologue.

All three are featured below, and the reason this year’s stand out commercials are relevant is because not only were so many commercials forgettable in a year of mediocrity, the messages that stood out, that really captured the nation’s attention, that seared themselves into our memory, were that of national pride, love, and hope. Coming out of a horrible recession, our preferences reveal that our nation isn’t broken, and national pride didn’t die after WWII, no, we want to pray for our troops, and we want to praise hard work, and as a nation, we want to rise above, no matter how much it hurts. Click to retweet this sentiment if you agree.

We want to recover, and while watching expensive commercials is a silly way to unite over such a sentiment, it is exactly what the nation did last night as it watched these spots:

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To watch all of the commercials and to judge for yourself, visit USA Today’s Ad Meter.

After nostalgia, Americans love to laugh

Revealing more eternal optimism, many of the most memorable Super Bowl 2013 commercials were comedic in nature, revealing one of our nation’s secret super powers of healing – smiling, laughing, and looking forward after a dark period filled with war and recessions.

Is it ridiculous to watch a commercial about old people raising hell, getting tattoos and eating Taco Bell and feel that our national recovery is under way? Sure. Is it insane to laugh at Amy Poehler saying “dongle,” as if we’re a nation of giggling pre-teens and feel good about the direction of our country? Of course. But it’s reality. We’re recovering.

Aside from Tide, Taco Bell, and Amy Poehler speaking for Best Buy, other brands hit substantial home runs as well, from Toyota’s wish-giving genie to Doritos’ violent goat or cross-dressing dads, to Santa Fe’s super-strength band of children, to Paul Rudd and Seth Rogen going head to head.

While there were many funny commercials, some were substantial flops, predictably GoDaddy’s take on kissing geeks. The following are the commercials we found to be the stand out comedy gems, in no particular order (well, Amy Poehler is on top for a reason…):

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Go to the next page for six more hilarious Super Bowl commercials:

Lani is the Chief Operating Officer at The American Genius - she has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH and Austin Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.

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The advertising overload strategy needs to stop, here’s why

(BUSINESS MARKETING) A new study finds that frequent ads are actually more detrimental to a brand’s image than that same brand advertising near offensive content.



Advertising spread across many billboards in a city square.

If you haven’t noticed, ads are becoming extremely common in places that are extremely hard to ignore—your Instagram feed, for example. Advertising has certainly undergone some scrutiny for things like inappropriate placement and messaging over the years, but it turns out that sheer ad exhaustion is actually more likely to turn people off of associated brands than the aforementioned offensive content.

Marketing Dive published a report that claims that, of all people surveyed, 32% of consumers said that they viewed current social media advertising to be “excessive”; only 10% said that they found advertisements to be “memorable”.

In that same group, 52% of consumers said that excessive ads were likely to affect negatively their perception of a brand, while only 32% said the same of ads appearing next to offensive or inappropriate content.

“Brand safety has become a hot item for many companies as they look to avoid associations with harmful content, but that’s not as significant a concern for consumers, who show an aversion to ad overload in larger numbers,” writes Peter Adams, author of the Marketing Dive report.

This reaction speaks to the sheer pervasiveness of ads in the current market. Certainly, many people are spending more time on their phones—specifically on social media—as a result of the pandemic. However, with 31% and 27% of surveyed people saying they found website ads either “distracting” or “intrusive”, respectively, the “why” doesn’t matter as much as the reaction itself.

It’s worth pointing out that solid ad blockers do exist for desktop website traffic, and most major browsers offer a “reader mode” feature (or add-on) that allows users to read through things like articles and the like without having to worry about dynamic ads distracting them or slowing down their page. This becomes a much more significant issue on mobile devices, especially when ads are so persistent that they impact one’s ability to read content.

Like most industries, advertisers have faced unique challenges during the pandemic. If there’s one major takeaway from the report, it’s this: Ads have to change—largely in terms of their frequency—if brands want to maintain customer retention and loyalty.

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SEO: The Unsung Hero of Digital Marketing Success

(MARKETING) Despite sexier emerging trends, the reality is that you can’t build out a successful online presence and marketing strategy without SEO.



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If you want to win with digital marketing, you need to stop focusing all of your energy on TikTok and hot trends and instead emphasize some of the more foundational elements that make up successful marketing strategies. This includes search engine optimization (SEO).

Why SEO Matters in 2022 and Beyond

It’s easy to forget about SEO. It’s one of those staples of digital marketing and online business growth that’s been around for so long that we tend to lump it into the “has-been” bucket. But despite sexier emerging trends, the reality is that you can’t build out a successful online presence and marketing strategy without at least paying some attention to SEO.

Here are some specific reasons why it matters:

  • Organic search. Even in a world of paid traffic, organic search reigns supreme. It’s the traffic source that continues to give you clicks regardless of whether you’re footing the bill or not. It’s a free source of qualified traffic that’s interested in what you have to offer before they even click.
  • If a user continues to see your website and brand name pop up on Google, they’re going to assign a certain amount of authority and credibility to you. This can be leveraged to drive conversions.
  • Good UX. You can’t have good SEO without paying attention to intelligent UX and high-quality content. If you follow today’s SEO best practices, you’ll position your brand far ahead of your competitors.

We could list dozens of other reasons why SEO matters, but it basically comes down to these three things. If you can drive traffic, establish authority, and implement a compelling user experience that engages the right people at the right time with the right content, everything else is going to fall into place.


Tips for Mastering SEO

Understanding the importance of SEO is one thing. Now, how do you go about implementing a successful SEO strategy that propels your larger digital marketing efforts? Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Establish These 3 Pillars

It’s easy to get sidetracked with your SEO efforts. There are dozens (if not hundreds) of different tactics and techniques you can implement. But if you don’t start with the basics, everything else will be a waste of your time, energy, and effort.

Chain Reaction, an SEO company in Dubai, is a firm believer in what they call the three SEO pillars:

  • Technical. This is the boring part of SEO, but it has to get done. This includes tasks like fixing technical errors, using the proper URL structure, setting up the right website hierarchy, managing page speed, etc.
  • Content. While more exciting and creative than technical SEO, content is time-consuming and expensive (if outsourced). Having said that, it’s the fuel to any good SEO strategy. Without it, you aren’t going anywhere.
  • Authority. You need to tap into the authority of other websites to set your brand apart. The more you align with other trustworthy sites, the faster you’ll grow.

If you can win in each of these areas, everything else has a way of falling into place.

  1. Go Local

Did you know that 46 percent of all Google searches have local intent? Or that 88 percent of people who perform a local search visit or call the company within 24 hours?

Google is no longer reserved for high-level research or answering simple questions. People go to Google when they want to find a specific product or service in their area. The companies that prioritize local SEO are the ones that pop up in the search results. Make sure that’s you!

  1. Invest in Backlinks

Few things move the SEO “needle” quite like backlinks. When acquired from highly authoritative and relevant sites in your niche, they can amplify your results and prove your credibility. While you can wait to “earn” backlinks, it’s generally recommended that you take a more aggressive approach through strategies like guest blogging. 

  1. Analyze and Iterate

There’s no perfect SEO strategy. The rules are constantly changing and, as a result, so are the best practices. By constantly analyzing the data and studying analytics, you can identify when and where to optimize. An iterative approach like this is the key to being successful.

Putting it All Together

SEO doesn’t get nearly the same buzz as the latest social media trends or web design tactics. However, it’s arguably more important. Make 2022 the year that you invest in SEO for your business. It’s a decision that you won’t regret!

SEO is the unsung hero of digital marketing

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Pay employees for their time, not only their work

(MARKETING) Yes, you still must pay employees for their time even if they aren’t able to complete their work due to restrictions. Time = Money.



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The COVID-19 pandemic has inspired a lot of insightful questions about things like our healthcare system, worldwide containment procedures, and about a billion other things that all deserve well-thought answers.

Unfortunately, it has also led to some of the dumbest questions of all time.

One such question comes courtesy of Comstock Mag, with the inquiry asking whether or not employees who show up on time can be deducted an hour’s pay if the manager shows up an hour later.

From a legal standpoint, Comstock Mag points out that employees participating in such activities are “engaged to wait”, meaning that – while they aren’t necessarily “working” – they are still on the clock and waiting for work to appear; in this case, the aforementioned “work” comes in the form of the manager or supervisor showing up.

In short: if the reason your employees aren’t working is that the precursor to completing the work for which you pay them is inaccessible, you still have to pay them for their time.

Morally, of course, the answer is much simpler: pay your employees for their time, especially if the reason they are unable to complete work is because you (or a subordinate) didn’t make it to work at the right time.

Certainly, you might be able to justify sending all of your employees home early if you run into something like a technology snag or a hiccup in the processes which make it possible for them to do their jobs – that would mean your employees were no longer engaged to wait, thus removing your legal obligation to continue paying them.

Then again, the moral question of whether or not cutting your employees’ hours comes into play here. It’s understandable that funds would be tight for the time being, but docking employees an hour of their work here or there due to problems that no one can control may cause them to resent you down the line when you need their support in return.

The real problem with this question is that, despite most people knowing that the answer should always be “pay them”, the sheer number of people working from home in the wake of worldwide closures and social distancing could muddy the water in terms of what constitutes the difference between being engaged to wait and simply burning time.

For example, an employee who is waiting for a meeting to start still fits the bill of “engaged to wait” even if the meeting software takes an extra half hour to kick in (or, worse yet, the meeting never happens), and docking them pay for timecard issues or other extenuating factors that keep them from their work is similarly disingenuous – and illegal.

There are a lot of unknowns these days, but basic human decency should never be up for debate – especially now.

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