The difference between a show and a story
The Super Bowl hype is blissfully long gone, and lazy media outlets can no longer reprint press releases and dissect multi-million dollar wastes of time and money.
The lesson of these ads is simple. Putting on a show is expensive, time-consuming and quite fun. And it rarely works.
The Gatorade commercial, or the guy clipping his toenails or someone throwing a rock through a vending machine… it's all show biz, it's not marketing.
Marketing is telling a story that sticks, that spreads and that changes the way people act. The story you tell is far more important than the way you tell it. Don't worry so much about being cool, and worry a lot more about resonating your story with my worldview. If you don't have a story, then a great show isn't going to help much.
(And yes, every successful organization has a story, even if they've never considered running an ad, during the Super Bowl or anywhere else.)