Get ready: The 2017 Marketing Land #HashtagBowl is coming soon!

Posted by


Super Bowl advertising season is underway, and Marketing Land is back with the sixth annual #Hashtag Bowl — our look at how advertisers integrate social media and online marketing into their Super Bowl TV commercials. As the game approaches, and after it’s over, we’ll also be reporting on how brands big and small take advantage of all that digital marketing has to offer when it comes to reaching the huge audience that watches the Super Bowl.

How Does The Marketing Land #Hashtag Bowl Work?

The #Hashtag Bowl is Marketing Land’s annual examination and commentary on how marketers are leveraging America’s premier cultural event, the Super Bowl.

Our team of marketing experts will be watching those expensive in-game ad slots to find out which social media platforms advertisers are steering fans towards by using brand or ad-specific hashtags or by directing viewers to specific social networks, and how viewers are responding to those ads and hashtags.

Pre-Game Brand Marketing

In the days leading up to the big game, our editors will be on the lookout for teaser ads, leaked clips and ads that didn’t make the final cut of Super Bowl-worthy commercials. We’ll be watching and reporting on some of the unique tactics that non-advertisers will use to try earning Super Bowl-related attention.

Some of the questions we’ll be discussing in our pre-game coverage include:

  • Who’s taking early advantage of search interest in the Super Bowl?
  • How are brands preparing to get their names into the real-time social conversation that happens during the big game?
  • Which pre-released Super Bowl commercials are earning the most buzz on YouTube?

Live, Expert Analysis Of Ads During Super Bowl 51

A panel of experts will be on hand to live blog and tweet all of the advertising action during #SB51 on Sunday, February 5, 2017.

  • Marketing Land Live Blog Kick-Off: 6:00 p.m. ET/3:00 p.m. PT.
  • Super Bowl 51 Kick Off: 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT.

The Marketing Land #Hashtag Bowl Scoreboard

On game day, we’ll be tracking and tallying all of the social media mentions by platform during television commercials that air during the game.

We’ll report on how many advertisers integrate hashtags into their commercials and which social network scores the most mentions from the brands that have invested big bucks in air time.

#Hashtag Bowl History

  • 2012 – Facebook and Twitter mentioned just eight times each.
  • 2013 – Twitter/Hashtags mentioned in 26 of 52 national ads.
  • 2014 – Hashtags mentioned in 57 percent of national ads, Facebook mentioned five times and Twitter four times.
  • 2015 – Hashtags mentioned in 50 percent of national ads, Facebook most mentioned again.
  • 2016 – Hashtags In Super Bowl Ads Dropped Slightly To 45% For 2016

We’ll be keeping score again this year on our real-time ticker, which you’ll be able to track on our Hashtag Bowl home page.

Post-Game Analysis & Awards

Immediately after the game ends, Marketing Land will crown the social media network with the most mentions the winner of the 2017 #Hashtag Bowl. In the days following the game, we’ll sort through the data related to online marketing and the Super Bowl and analyze who won and who lost. We’ll be giving out special awards to both advertisers and non-advertisers for creative digital marketing efforts.

Get In The Game!

Join in the conversation and tweet your analysis of Super Bowl digital marketing execution @MarketingLand using #HashtagBowl.

Follow all of the action here: We’ll see you on February 5 for our sixth annual #Hashtag Bowl!

About The Author

Matt McGee is the Editor-In-Chief of Marketing Land and Search Engine Land. His news career includes time spent in TV, radio, and print journalism. After leaving traditional media in the mid-1990s, he began developing and marketing websites and continued to provide consulting services for more than 15 years. His SEO and social media clients ranged from mom-and-pop small businesses to one of the Top 5 online retailers. Matt is a longtime speaker at marketing events around the U.S., including keynote and panelist roles. He can be found on Twitter at @MattMcGee. You can read Matt’s disclosures on his personal blog. You can reach Matt via email using our Contact page.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *