BT most memorable Olympic TV ad

Despite London 2012 sponsors forking out millions for the endorsements of high profile athletes such as Jessica Ennis and Usain Bolt this summer it was an ad featuring sex-starved students salivating after their Spanish neighbours that struck a chord with the British public and voted the most memorable Olympic-themed TV spot, according to a new study.

The study has been compiled by Nielsen using its recall index – The percentage of TV viewers who can recall the storyline of an ad within 24 hours of when they watched it – to rank the adverts.

1: BT ‘Hola’

The AMV created ‘Hola’ spot for BT features a group of Spanish girls calling on the flat-sharing characters of the telecoms company advertisng campaign to use their broadband connection. The TV spot was 36 per cent more likely to be remembered than the average Olympic-themed TV ad from sponsors. It was also 25 per cent more liked than the average.

2: McDonald’s Olympic Glass Giveaway

McDonald’s free Olympic glass giveway advert narrowly missed out on the top spot, with nearly a third (32 per cent) of viewers being able to recall it.

3: Visa: Flow Faster

Visa’s ad, which features six times Olympic gold medal winner Usain Bolt racing a man across London to the Olympic stadium, was 30 per cent more memorable than other Olympic ads.

4: P&G: Fairy ‘20,000 dishes

Part of P&G’s ‘Proud Sponsor of Mums’ campaign the advert features a child growing up into an athlete as he runs along tables of plates. The advert was 21 per cent more memorable.

5: Cadbury: Spots v Stripes

Cadbury’s ad showing Crème Eggs competing inside the Olympic stadium was 21 per cent more memorable.

The five most remembered ads differed slightly to the most liked adverts by viewers. While BT and Visa (20 per cent more liked than the average official sponsor, made the top five, McDonald’s, Cadbury and Fairy did not.

Samsung was named the most liked with its ad featuring David Beckham.

1: Samsung “Everyone’s Olympic Games”

2: P&G Kids

P&G’s advert features athletes portrayed as kids and kicked off the company’s final pre-Olympic push days before the Games’ Opening Ceremony.

3: Omega ‘Start Me Up’

The official time keeper of the Games used athletes including Jessica Ennis and Usain Bolt to front its TV push around the event.


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