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January 7th, 2020

Ace Metrix Releases Yearly Round-Up of Exceptional Video Ads

Ace Metrix Releases Yearly Round-Up of Exceptional Video Ads

Nike, Mercedes-Benz, Pandora and Sherwin Williams among those recognized

January 7th, 2019 — LOS ANGELES, CA (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ace Metrix, the leader in measuring the impact of video creative, today released its review of 2019’s top performing ads based on emotional connections and cultural perception. Out of dozens of measures for creative effectiveness, Ace Metrix recognized the Most Empowering, Best Storytelling, Funniest and Coolest.

“To welcome in a new year, we always like to look back at that ads that shaped the last. Unlike many other “top ads” lists, these aren’t the product of industry insiders and top level executives. Instead, they represent the most effective judged by US consumers,” said Peter Daboll, Ace Metrix CEO.

The Most Empowering list originates from Ace Metrix’s new Cultural Perception scoring system, which measures the positive and negative impact of purpose-driven advertising and ultimately helps brands assess the risks and rewards of achieving emotional connections as they relate to cultural and social subjects. 

Lists for 2019’s Top Ten Storytelling, Funniest and Coolest originate from Ace Metrix’s emotion measurement platform, Ace EMO. Scores for the fifty-seven emotional metrics are passively derived from voluntary respondent verbatim comments using Natural Language Processing and machine learning analysis.

With over 8,400 video ads analyzed in 2019, and over 3 million viewer comments, the following ads distinguished themselves by achieving the highest quantifiable levels of emotional and cultural impact in 2019.

2019’s Most Empowering Ads

The Empower score measures the positive impact of an ad’s message, indicating when viewers find it encouraging, inspiring or motivating. In lieu of product-forward, blatant promotions, the most empowering ads focused on brand building narratives that revolved around purpose. These motives are reflected in the emotional connections viewers formed with these ads with all achieving signal on Inspiring, Heartfelt and Powerful.

For more insights on 2019’s Most Empowering Ads, visit Ace Metrix.

Brand Ad Title Length
NBA Be Cheerful :30
Walmart Share The Love 1:00
Nike Maynor de Leon 1:00
Nike Justin Gallegos :30
Dick’s Sporting Goods Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation 1:00
Cigna Being Here :30
Quicken Loans The Answers 1:00
NFL Inspire Change :20
Citibank Citi Entertainment Takes on Confidence 2:00
Infiniti Inspiring Others 1:05

*Not ranked in a specific order

2019’s Best Storytelling Ads

While they differ in their delivery, all of the top storytelling ads evoked a multitude of emotions in viewers. The ads in the Top Ten for Narrative have no fewer than eight emotions that fire, an impressive feat when many ads struggle to fire on more than one.

The top storytelling ad, Mercedes’s “Bertha Benz,” hit on a wide spectrum of emotions with the most significant connections (beyond Narrative) relating to Powerful messaging, Inspiring and Heartfelt feelings. In comparison to other 2019 luxury automotive ads, Information was 30% above norm, Likeability +24% and Attention +18%.

For more insights on 2019’s Best Storytelling Ads, visit Ace Metrix.

Rank Brand Ad Title Length
1 Mercedes-Benz Bertha Benz 1:00
2 Travelers  Legacy 1:00
3 Charles Schwab My Journey 1:00
4 Hallmark Mom’s Love is for Always 0:30
5 Principal Financial Dream Car 1:00
6 University of Phoenix Find Your Wings 1:00
7 Verizon First Responders: Coach 1:00
8 Jim Beam Raised Right: Celebration 1:00
9 Nike Sisterly Love 1:00
10 Travelers Footsteps 1:00

2019’s Funniest Ads

The Funniest ads were packed with Breakthrough potential as they all achieved above-average Attention and Likeability scores, providing evidence of humor’s ability to entertain audiences. As part of Pandora’s “Be You” campaign, “Afternoon” was the funniest ad of 2019, hitting rare levels of humor (on par with just 0.3% of ads).

For more insights on 2019’s Funniest Ads, visit Ace Metrix.

Rank Brand Ad Title Length
1 Pandora Be You | Afternoon :30
2 Allstate Mayhem | Cat :30
3 Tecate Light The Boldest Six Pack of All :30
4 Cheetos Cheesy Snack :30
5 Jif Squirrel :15
6 Credit Karma Carpool Credit Improvement :30
7 Amazon My Order :30
8 Geico Easy and Better :15
9 M&M’s New Spokescandy :30
10 Snickers Heist :30

2019’s Coolest Ads

The Visual Scenes were the cool-factor behind all of these ads with viewers crowning this aspect the Single Best Thing by a landslide for each. Emotional responses echoed the impact of impressive graphics, with Cinematic and Colorful metrics present throughout the list. 

For example, action-packed visuals made Acura’s “Beat That” the Coolest automotive ad (among both luxury & non-luxury categories) last year. In an industry where the general population doesn’t find their ads “Cool,” Acura stood out as the only auto ad to achieve Strong signal in 2019 (score at least 7.0 of 10).

For more insights on 2019’s Coolest Ads, visit Ace Metrix.

Rank Brand Ad Title Length
1 Sherwin-Williams Hide and Seek :30
2 Wayfair Retro Designs :30
3 Acura Two Words: Beat That :30
4 Trident The Vibes :15
5 Perrier New Flavors :15
6 GoPro Your Action :30
7 Porsche Pop Star :30
8 Target Shop In Comfort :15
9 Honda Breaking It In :15
10 GoPro Introducing Hero 8 – Beyond Next Level 2:25


About Ace EMO

Ace Metrix measures the strength of emotional connection in advertising. The proprietary approach quantifies 57 emotions and reactions such as: Heartfelt, Nostalgia, Humor, Authentic, Dishonest, Preachy, and Sexist. Scores are passively derived from voluntary respondent verbatim comments using Natural Language Processing and machine learning analysis. Each of the 57 emotions are evaluated relative to all other ads in the Ace Metrix database, totaling over ten million verbatims.

About Ace Metrix Inc.

Ace Metrix measures ad creative effectiveness based on viewer reaction to video ads, providing the advertising industry an unbiased resource to measure creative impact. Ace Metrix scores every national television and digital ad across 118 categories creating a complete comparative database comprised of over 90,000 ads—Ace Metrix LIVE®. A unique panel of at least 500 consumers, demographically balanced to the U.S. census, scores each ad in the exact same manner. The results are presented on a scale of 1–950, which represents scoring on creative attributes such as Attention, Likeability, Information, Change, Relevance, Desire and Watchability. 

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