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Down-to-the-Minute Effects of Super Bowl Advertising on Online Search Behavior

David Reiley Jr.

Google, Inc.

Randall A. Lewis


February 27, 2013

Online consumer data presents new opportunities for measuring the effects of advertising. We combine search query data with the commercial schedule for the 2011 Super Bowl to measure the causal impact of TV advertising on consumer search behavior. Examining 46 of 67 Super Bowl commercials, we generally find large spikes in search behavior related to the advertiser or product within 15 seconds following the conclusion of the TV commercial. We present results for four categories of Super Bowl advertisers: movies, online services, cars, and other consumer goods. We also consider the economic and statistical feasibility of scaling this analysis to use search data to measure other TV commercials.

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Date posted: March 3, 2013 ; Last revised: March 4, 2013

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Reiley, David and Lewis, Randall A., Down-to-the-Minute Effects of Super Bowl Advertising on Online Search Behavior (February 27, 2013). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2227122 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2227122

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David H. Reiley Jr. (Contact Author)
Google, Inc. ( email )
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Randall A. Lewis
Netflix ( email )
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United States
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