Budweiser will sit out Super Bowl, funnel marketing dollars to boost vaccine awareness

The move marks the first time in 37 years that the brand will not advertise beer at the event. Pepsi and Coca-Cola also won’t be advertising their drinks.
Budweiser will not be running a commercial during the Super Bowl for the first time in 37 years.
Instead, the Anheuser-Busch InBev beer will use the marketing dollars to support Covid-19 vaccine awareness and access.
As of Friday, roughly 39 million vaccines doses had been distributed and only 19.1 million administered, falling well short of the targets set by the federal government.
In the week leading up to Super Bowl LV, Budweiser plans to run its Super Bowl ad digitally. The spot focuses on resilient Americans during the coronavirus pandemic, including a group of health-care workers who were the first to receive the vaccine. Actress Rashida Jones, known for her roles in “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation,” will narrate the spot.
The beer brand also plans to donate a percentage of its advertising airtime for 2021 to the Ad Council and Covid Collaborative’s Vaccine Education Initiative. Budweiser will support its efforts with additional campaigns throughout the year.
The company also isn’t entirely giving up promoting its beer. Budweiser is giving U.S. consumers who are at least 21 years old a free beer when they visit ABeerOnBud.com between Jan. 25 and Feb. 7. AB InBev’s other brands, including Michelob Ultra, Bud Light and Bud Light Seltzer Lemonade, will have in-game ads during the Super Bowl.
Budweiser isn’t the only iconic brand sitting out the game. PepsiCo and Coca-Cola have said they won’t be running in-game ads for their namesake sodas. Pepsi is instead focusing on its sponsorship of the halftime show, which stars The Weeknd. PepsiCo’s other brands, including Mtn Dew and Frito-Lay, are planning on airing commercials during the game.
In a statement to CNBC, Coke said it has chosen to focus on “investing in the right resources.” The pandemic has upended the beverage giant’s business because fewer drinks are being consumed away from home. Its revenue fell 13 percent during the first nine months of 2020.
Last year’s Super Bowl drew about 100 million viewers, but attracting those eyeballs comes with a hefty price tag for advertisers. A 30-second commercial during the football game will set companies back about $5.5 million this year, slightly less than 2020′s rate of $5.6 million.
Shares of Budweiser parent AB InBev have fallen 14.5 percent in the last year, giving the company a market value of about $113 billion. While at-home consumption of beer is up due to the pandemic, the blow to bars and sports stadiums has resulted in a 6.8 percent revenue decline during the first nine months of 2020.

Blogs

Atlanta’s NBA All-Star Weekend Packed Party Lineup Revealed

Atlanta’s NBA All-Star Weekend Packed Party Lineup Revealed

Future, Rick Ross, 50 Cent, Lil Baby, Young Thug and many more are lined up to perform in Atlanta for the NBA All-Star Weekend. Though the Coronavirus pandemic has made it difficult for musicians to ply their trade in a live concert setting, some rappers have decided to move forward unimpeded by the threat, provided…

Woman arrested after being linked to crime via Cheetos residue on teeth (VIDEO)

Woman arrested after being linked to crime via Cheetos residue on teeth (VIDEO)

Officers discovered a water bottle and a Cheetos bag on the floor near the open window An Oklahoma woman was literally caught red-handed on first-degree burglary complaint charges thanks to Cheetos snack dust. Sharon Carr was arrested on Feb. 26 after police reported an attempted home burglary. While she did not take anything, officers claim…