January 7th, 2020

The Coolest Ads from 2019


Ace Metrix

When you think of a “cool” ad you might picture a hip celebrity or a sleek product, and that very well might be the driving cool factor. What we found from analyzing 2019’s Top Ten Coolest Ads is that visuals are what push an ad into trendy territory.

Our Cool metric is one of fifty-seven from Ace EMO, which measures the strength of emotional connection in advertising. Scores are passively derived from voluntary respondent verbatim comments using Natural Language Processing and machine learning analysis. Cool picks up on any phrases close or related to ones like “very trendy,” “super edgy,” “cool!” “eye-catching”  and “stylish,” including synonyms, misspellings, and anomalies.

With over 8,400 video ads analyzed in 2019, and over 3 million viewer comments, these ads distinguished themselves by achieving the highest quantifiable level of Cool — Congrats!

2019’s Coolest Ads:

Rank Brand Ad Title Length Cool Score
1 Sherwin-Williams Hide and Seek :30 8.2
2 Wayfair Retro Designs :30 7.6
3 Acura Two Words: Beat That :30 7.3
4 Trident The Vibes :15 6.2
5 Perrier New Flavors :15 6.1
6 GoPro Your Action :30 6
7 Porsche Pop Star :30 5.8
8 Target Shop In Comfort :15 5.3
9 Honda Breaking It In :15 4.8
10 GoPro Introducing Hero 8 – Beyond Next Level 2:25 4.6

The Visual Scenes were the cool-factor behind all of the ads above, which viewers crowned the Single Best Thing by a landslide for each. The graphics that stood out most were in Acura’s “Beat That,” Sherwin-Williams “Hide and Seek” and Honda’s “Breaking It In.” In Porche’s “Pop Star” a combination of the vehicle make (Product) and the Brand Itself also received strong mentions as the Single Best Thing.

Beyond that measure, viewers’ emotional responses to each ad echoed the impact of impressive visuals, with Cinematic and Colorful metrics present throughout the list (as shown in the heat map below). With the help of their eye-catching graphics, the Coolest ads in 2019 created Energetic and Exciting sensations for viewers:

Ace EMO Heat Map: Coolest Ads of 2019

The strongest Breakthrough ability (Attention-grabbing in a Likeable manner) came from Sherwin-Williams’ “Hide and Seek,” followed by GoPro’s long-form spot, “Introducing Hero8.” The immersive product illustrations in “Hide and Seek” sparked Desire at levels well above norm which translated to 57% of viewers reporting positive purchase intent for the paint brand.

Wayfair’s “Retro Designs,” a 70s throwback that included design tips, resonated best with females, particularly among those ages 21-35. Wayfair managed a unique pairing- being Cool and Informative. “Retro Designs” earned an Information score 10% above 2019 retail norms. 

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). Overall, it was an Attention-grabbing spot for the Acura brand, with brand recognition at 90% after viewing.

Perrier’s “New Flavors” has cool written all over it. Each of the creative elements, from the upbeat song to the vivid colors, worked together to create a visceral viewing experience, which is evident in its emotional profile below. This fun ad was the highest scoring among bottled water brands in 2019, and drove positive purchase intent (61%) significantly above norm.

Perrier "New Flavors" Emo Plot

Porsche’s “Pop Star” beat luxury auto advertising norms over the past year and ultimately ranked among the top five luxury auto ads for Breakthrough in 2019. The brand’s well established status in pop culture practically cemented this ad among the Coolest and was instrumental in “Pop Star” driving consideration higher than previous Porsche ads at 52%.

In the eleventh hour of 2019, a second GoPro ad, “Your Action,” also ranked among the Coolest. While both GoPro spots significantly beat norms across all component measures, the detailed product information in the longer-form “Introducing Hero8” increased purchase intent among 2 in 3 viewers, which was 9% higher than that of “Your Action”:Purchase Intent Chart: GoPro's Coolest Ads in 2019

Congratulations to the Coolest ads from 2019!


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