Amazon Alexa Voted No. 1 Super Bowl Ad by MSU Faculty

For 21 years, the Michigan State University Department of Advertising and Public Relations has been rating Super Bowl commercials based on their creativity, production value, message and strategy. This year, a commercial for Amazon Alexa grabbed the top spot.

“Amazon Alexa was just funny,” said Bob Kolt, Advertising and PR Instructor and CEO of Kolt Communications. “It had a lot of twists and turns which any good story should do. It was also cute and will probably have a long life after the game, and was a great formula for a Super Bowl spot.”

Taking second place was a commercial for the NFL with Eli Manning and Odell Beckham, Jr. doing the famous dance routine from "Dirty Dancing." 

The third through 10th spots went to:

-    E-Trade
-    Budweiser Water
-    Jeep Wrangler
-    Mountain Dew Ice
-    T-Mobile
-    Toyota
-    Groupon

In addition, an MSU alumnus had a spot in the game. Mo Said is a senior copywriter from Droga5 and contributed to the Sprint commercial that showed in the first half.

“The Super Bowl in advertising is like Oscar night in the movie business. It’s a big deal,” said Kolt. “Industries create their best ads, and those ads should generate sales long after the game has ended.” 

The worst ad of the night? A commercial by Diet Coke which aired in the second quarter. It remained the lowest rated ad throughout the game.

By Nikki W. O'Meara