It's the most expensive ad slot on television - half time at the Superbowl. This year the top bidders apparently paid around $3.5m for the privilege of getting their wares on show on Sunday 3rd February, during the final between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens.
But one media-savvy firm managed to avoid the massive bill and still create the phenomenal buzz. That was Oreo, the biscuit maker.
At the start of the second half of the match, a power outage caused the lights to dim dramatically and meant that play had to be suspended for around 30 minutes. Cue absolute pandemonium in the bowels of the stadium as engineers scrambled to get the lights back on.
But Oreo, sensing an opportunity, rolled out this Tweet on the official company account less than 15 minutes after the incident. It got retweeted almost 15,000 times...
Power out? No problem. twitter.com/Oreo/status/29…— Oreo Cookie (@Oreo) February 4, 2013
Very clever indeed, we think. Here are MT's handpicked Twitter reactions to Oreo's lightning-quick marketing ploy:
It's crazy what commercials can do. #Oreo commercial aired and I watched their Instagram followers go from 4k to 15k in less than a min. Wow— Jessie R. (@Jessica_Read) February 4, 2013
— Chad Woodford (@chd) February 4, 2013
Less than a week to go until people actually pay attention to TV ads for a day - instead of avoiding them like the plague.#SuperBowlAds— Mark E Ting, Esq. (@MarketingGems) January 28, 2013