Here's Everything We Know So Far About Super Bowl LVIII 2024

Kelcie Gene Papp

February 13, 2024

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LAS VEGAS - Vegas isn’t just a city; it’s a mood, a vibe, and now, the grand stage for Super Bowl LVIII. The city’s propensity for the extravagant sets the perfect tone for a game that's about more than just American football. The Allegiant Stadium, a flare of US$1.9 billion architecture, is set to be the crucible where the Kansas City Chiefs strive to continue their legacy.

And, this isn't your average gridiron showdown; it's an all-out marketing blitz in the city of neon dreams. February 11, 2024, is set to be a day where sports, advertising, and the Vegas strip melt into a display of epic proportions.


Ad Buzz: The Big Money Plays

CBS is playing no games, nearly selling out their in-game spots. With a cool $7 million for a 30-second ad,  there are some notable players sitting out this year. Avocados from Mexico and GM are passing the ball, while Bud Light is doubling down with an NFL Playoffs campaign. It's a mix of tactical retreats and full-frontal assaults..

Who's In:

  • MTN DEW BAJA BLAST: They're celebrating 20 years and hitting the Super Bowl turf for the first time. Expect a nostalgia bomb with a modern twist.
  • Squarespace: They're bringing cinematic legend Martin Scorsese to direct their spot. It's where storytelling meets digital finesse.
  • Drumstick: Cue the debut with a side of Eric Andre's humour. This ad is set to be as delightful and unpredictable as the ice cream cone itself.
  • Oreo: Making a comeback after a decade, ready to dunk into the second quarter.
  • Dove: Keeping on brand and playing a different game focused on young girls' self-esteem.
  • M&M’S, Nerds, Pringles: The veteran players, each bringing their unique flavour to the game.
  • Hellmann's Mayonnaise: They're on a mission to tackle food waste in their fourth consecutive Super Bowl appearance.
  • Coors Light: Stepping up as the chilled beer for heated football moments.
  • BMW: Rolling back into the game with a sleek 60-second ad.

Watch This Space:  Underdogs and Dark Horses

  • Temu: Might be making a comeback, so keep your eyes peeled.
  • Opendoor: Opting for a regional campaign – quite the strategic play.

The Ripple Effect: What This Means for Luxury Brands

For luxury marketers, this is more than a game; it's a showcase. The blend of high-budget ads and the glamour of Vegas sets a new playground for luxury narratives. It's about crafting stories that resonate not just with the wealthy but with aspirational audiences worldwide. The absence of regulars like Avocados from Mexico and GM signals a shift in strategy, nudging luxury brands to rethink their approach, blending exclusivity with broad appeal.

None other than Usher is gearing up for a sensational halftime performance, drawing from his brief yet impactful appearance with will.i.am in 2011 as a valuable “cheat sheet.” His less-than-two-minute performance then provided a taste of the Super Bowl’s electrifying energy, which he’s set to channel into his upcoming 13-minute set at Allegiant Stadium. Coinciding with his ninth studio album release “Coming Home,” how will Usher’s performance stack up again Rhianna's? We'll have to wait and see.

Rihanna's Fenty Beauty Playbook: Influencer Marketing at its Finest

It might come as a surprise to many, but the NFL doesn't pay artists for performing at the Super Bowl halftime show. This policy applied to Rihanna as well. However, what the NFL does offer is coverage for all production and logistical expenses. This includes the costs associated with the performance itself, as well as travel and accommodation expenses for the performer, their band, management team, technical crew, security, and even family and friends.

In Rihanna's case, while she wasn’t paid a fee for her appearance, she leveraged this massive platform in a highly strategic and intelligent way. Understanding the vast audience the Super Bowl commands, she used her halftime performance as an opportunity to showcase her makeup line, Fenty Beauty. This move was more than just a performance; it was a calculated marketing strategy - a masterstroke of influencer marketing for Fenty Beauty.

This wasn't just a performance; it was a live ad spot reaching millions, skyrocketing Fenty Beauty’s EMV and setting a new standard for influencer marketing. It’s a playbook for luxury brands to emulate, using star power and deliberate placements to create frenzy.

The Super Bowl, being one of the most-watched events in the world, offered her an unparalleled level of exposure. By integrating Fenty Beauty into her performance, Rihanna effectively turned her halftime show into a live advertisement, reaching millions of viewers without the need for a traditional commercial slot. This not only boosted the visibility of her brand but also likely contributed significantly to its sales and overall brand value.

In essence, Rihanna’s decision not to receive a direct payment for the halftime show was a savvy business move. It demonstrates a deep understanding of the value of exposure over immediate monetary gain, particularly in an era where brand visibility can translate into substantial long-term financial success.

Conclusion: The New Arena for Ad Gladiators

Super Bowl LVIII in Vegas isn't just another game day; it's the Colosseum for modern-day ad gladiators. From high-budget commercials to strategic absences and influencer marketing masterclasses, it’s the ultimate test of creativity, strategy, and brand power.

So, get your game faces on; this is where legends are made.

Brand Marketing. Executive-level.