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October 5th, 2020

Wells Fargo, PetSmart & Snickers Top Ace Metrix Lists for Q3’s Top Performing Ads

Wells Fargo, PetSmart & Snickers Top Ace Metrix Lists for Q3’s Top Performing Ads

Advertisers Continue to Empower Viewers While Humor Made Its Comeback

LOS ANGELESOctober 5th (GLOBE NEWSWIRE)—Ace Metrix, the leader in measuring video advertising effectiveness, today released its roundup of Q3’s top performing ads. Out of dozens of measures for creative effectiveness, Ace Metrix recognized the most Empowering, top Breakthrough and Funniest. With over 2,200 ads tested in Q3, the following stood out most on their respective metrics.

“Third quarter advertising fit right into a year full of anomalies. What’s generally a quiet quarter before the onslaught of holiday ads turned into a game of catch-up for the industry which slowed down at the start of the pandemic,” said Peter Daboll, Ace Metrix CEO. “In addition to traditional brands coming back on air, there were many new brands advertising in the 3rd quarter including Landing, Whoop, and Incogmeato.” 

Lists for Most Empowering and Funniest are based on metrics from Ace Metrix’s emotional and cultural measurement platform, Ace EMO. Scores are passively derived from applying Natural Language Processing and machine learning to millions of viewer verbatim comments. Breakthrough capability is measured by a combination of Attention and Likeability components. 

Q3’s Most Empowering Ads

As brands continue to ramp up ad production, many are still seeking ways to inspire and motivate viewers, a trend that is carrying on from Q2 where 37% of ads registered signal on our Empower metric vs. the 19.6% of Q3. Historically, only 12.5% of all ads registered on Empower – a score that measures positive Cultural Perception, indicating when an ad’s purpose-driven message inspires, encourages, or motivates viewers.

Four of the six most Empowering ads from the quarter touched on the topic of COVID-19, proving that some of the most impactful messaging continues to derive from Pandemic-related subject matter.

Brand Ad Title Length Empower Band
Wells Fargo Unthinkable 0:30 Extreme
Wells Fargo Play Your Part 1:00 Extreme
Wells Fargo Do Your Part 1:00 Rare
International Olympic Committee Give Away 0:30 Rare
New York Life Insurance Stronger Together 0:35 Rare
Chevrolet The Hopeful 0:30 Rare

Q3’s Top Breakthrough Ads

With over 2,200 ads tested last quarter, those recognized achieved Breakthrough levels recorded by less than 1% of all ads. The top scoring ads were emotionally impactful at their core, but Breakthrough capability isn’t formulaic as the emotions sparked amongst the top ads were wide-ranging.

Brand Ad Title Length Attention Likeability
PetSmart Make a Friend 0:30 801 806
Hyundai Non-Luxury Auto Buried 0:30 782 764
Southwest Be Ready 0:30 788 747
Budweiser Reunited With Buds 1:00 777 758
Iams Be Special 0:15 775 752
Truist Meet Sam 0:30 766 760
Laughing Man Nice Morning 1:00 771 750
Lego Game On 0:30 762 759
Nike General Apparel Legend 1:00 761 758
Google Support 0:30 753 765

Q3’s Funniest Ads

With the pick up of ad production and an improved understanding of the current social landscape, Q3 saw a steadily increasing recovery in the number of ads that fire on the Funny Ace EMO metric. Snickers “First Visitors” led the LOL charge in Q3, taking the crown as the overall funniest ad and proving that consumers can still have a good laugh despite all that 2020 has thrown at us. With a Funny score of 8.9, this Snickers spot topped the list by a king-sized leap. 

Brand Ad Title Length Funny Score
Snickers First Visitors 0:15 8.9
Geico Unwanted Guests 0:30 7.1
Cheetos Seeking The Truth 0:30 6.9
Geico Save With Us 0:30 5.5
Devour Can’t Resist 0:30 5.5 2019 BC 0:30 5.3

Visit the Ace Metrix Site for more insights behind Q3’s top performing ads.

About Ace EMO

Ace Metrix measures the strength of emotional and cultural 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 115 categories creating a complete comparative database of over 100,000 video 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. Ace Metrix applies a natural language processing algorithm to the hundreds of qualitative verbatim responses collected for each ad, deriving additional metrics related to emotional and cultural engagement.

Follow Ace Metrix on Twitter for sustained insight: @Ace_Metrix.

Note: Ace Metrix®, the Ace Metrix logo design, Ace Score®, Ace Metrix LIVE® and Creative Lifecycle Management® are registered trademarks of Ace Metrix. Other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

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