In Sunday’s ad, Oprah Winfrey read a letter from the Jeep brand aimed at bolstering the spirits of military families, The Associated Press reported. Last year, Chrysler ran a similarly lengthy spot featuring Clint Eastwood.
This year, epic-length Super Bowl ads included a spot from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson for the Milk Processor Education Program and a spot from Anheuser-Busch, on the growth and return of a baby Clydesdale.
The tendency for advertisers to go long comes as a competitive bid against other ad spots, the AP reports. At $4 million for 30 seconds, advertisers are constantly trying to find ways to capture the attention of the estimated 111 million viewers who turn in to the game.
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Cheryl Chumley is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. Previously, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times’ digital aggregation product, Times247. She’s also a 2008-2009 Robert Novak journalism fellow with The Phillips Foundation. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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