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Episode 79: Super Bowl Commercials Breakdown with Kellogg Professor Derek Rucker

The Kansas City Chiefs of Missouri may have won Super Bowl LIV, but which brand took home the trophy for best ad?  Those (sometimes) clever and (hopefully) memorable 30- to 60-second commercials between football maneuvers can cost millions upon millions of dollars.  What makes the financial cost worth it?

Professor Derek Rucker, Northwestern Kellogg School of Management

Special guest, Kellogg School Professor Derek Rucker, is here to review and assess the 2020 Super Bowl commercials.

At Northwestern Kellogg, Rucker is the Sandy & Morton Goldman Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies in Marketing and his primary research focuses on advertising strategy.  He also studies consumer behavior with an emphasis on the study of attitudes, persuasion, and social influence.  You can find his work in a number of academic journals as well as the fifth edition of his book, “Advertising Strategy.” He is a co-founder of Human Ecology Laboratory and co-developer of the ADPLAN framework, which examines advertising from a strategic point of view.

Rucker, along with fellow Kellogg professor, Tim Calkins, co-led the 16th consecutive Kellogg School Super Bowl Advertising Review with more than 60 Kellogg students on Super Bowl Sunday.  In this podcast episode, Rucker brings that experience and more to a talk with Clear Admit’s Graham Richmond about specific ads, the value of Super Bowl commercials and their impact, and more about Kellogg.


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Episode 79: Super Bowl Commercials Breakdown with Kellogg Professor Derek Rucker

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Schools: Northwestern / Kellogg

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Lauren Wakal

Lauren Wakal has been covering the MBA admissions space for more than a decade, from in-depth business school profiles to weekly breaking news and more.

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