Genesis to Play Super Bowl XLII
Talk about a sign of the times… Just as GM announces it’s done running Super Bowl ads, Hyundai tells BrandWeek it will be running two 30-second Super Ads for its Genesis Coupe. The announcement comes as Hyundai transitions ad agencies from Goody (which will handle the new Genesis spots) to South Korea’s World Marketing Group. Hyundai has spent $155m this year on measured media advertising, while GM franticly slashes at its $2b ad spend. Last year marked Hyundai’s first Super Bowl ad, an opportunity well spent promoting its landmark Genesis sedan. Yes, well, the Genesis sold only 1,826 units through August. Of course, the product is a major shift for Hyundai’s brand image, and it was launched into the weakest new car market since the last time bankers were jumping off buildings. Regardless, Hyundai marketing boss Joel Ewanick says the Genesis is on track to hit its goal: 8k sales by year’s end. And Hyundai is gaining market share despite down sales. So get used to seeing foreign firms like Hyundai fueling the advertising spectacle that is Super Bowl advertising. Who knows, we may even get to watch Tsingtao and Tsingtao Light throw down in an annual “Tsingtao Bowl” at halftime.
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