Experts Available to Discuss Super Bowl Advertising

Jan. 23, 2009

AUSTIN, Texas — On Feb. 1, nearly 100 million people will watch Super Bowl XLIII on television. This is the one day a year America celebrates advertising. This year, the cost of a 30-second commercial is $3 million. Thanks to the high price tag, the commercials are highly anticipated, generating nearly as much hype as the game itself.

Researchers and advertising experts at The University of Texas at Austin are available to comment on advertising creativity, media strategy, consumer behavior, branding and sponsorships. Many will be available to comment on the commercials aired during Super Bowl XLII during and immediately following the game.

Neal Burns, professor of advertising
512-471-8160
512-799-6605-mobile
nburns@mail.utexas.edu
Dr. Burns is a former advertising agency entrepreneur and consumer research specialist who has conducted research on Super Bowl commercials. His expertise includes creative strategy, agency management, branding, qualitative research, consumer behavior and marketing. Burns will be watching the game and commercials and will be available for comment.

Terry Daugherty, assistant professor of advertising, director of the Media Research Lab
512-471-8917
512-300-3965-mobile
Terry.Daugherty@mail.utexas.edu
Dr. Daugherty directs the Media Research Lab, an academic research unit designed to conduct social science research exploring strategic, social and technological issues involving the mass media. Expertise: advertising, media strategy, media research, consumer behavior and interactive media (Internet advertising, gaming, virtual environments, presence and media technology). Daugherty will be watching the game and commercials and will be available for comment.

Lisa Dobias, senior lecturer, Texas Media program in the Department of Advertising
512-471-8125
dobias@mail.utexas.edu
Dobias is a former agency media buyer for multinational advertisers, local retail advertisers around the country and technology, business-to-business advertisers. Her expertise includes media strategy and media development.

Dr. Wei-Na Lee, professor, Texas Media program in the Department of Advertising
512-471-8149
weina@mail.utexas.edu
Dr. Lee's research interests include cross-cultural consumer behavior, consumer acculturation and consumer behavior in a technology-mediated environment. She is an expert in market segmentation, how consumers process advertising information, and ethnic and international people representation in advertisements.

Matt McCutchin, lecturer, Texas Creative program in the Department of Advertising
512-471-8164
512-672-9006-mobile
mattmccutchin@mail.utexas.edu
McCutchin is a former print and broadcast copywriter at several top advertising agencies. Expertise: advertising and culture production, the history of advertising and integrated marketing creativity. McCutchin will be watching the game and commercials and will be available for comment.

John Murphy, the Joe C. Thompson Centennial Professor in Advertising
512-471-1101
jhmurphy@mail.utexas.edu
Dr. Murphy researches integrated brand promotion, campaign planning and media management with an emphasis on practical applications. An observer of cultural evolution and its intersection with commercial communication, he has judged numerous advertising awards competitions.

Maria Rivera, lecturer, Texas Creative program in the Department of Advertising
512-471-8147
512-619-2667-mobile
maria@redwritingshop.com
Rivera has worked in marketing capacities for several arts organizations and has worked as a copywriter for creative agencies in New York. She runs a freelance copywriting business while teaching courses in advertising creativity. Expertise: copywriting, creative strategy and creativity coaching. Rivera will be watching the game and commercials and will be available for comment.

Sean Thompson, lecturer, Texas Creative program in the Department of Advertising
512-773-5728-mobile
thompsonian@hotmail.com
Thompson is a former art director at one of the premier agencies in Chicago and continues to work as a freelance creative director in addition to teaching. Expertise: art direction, branding, creative strategies and broadcast commercial production. Thompson will be watching the game and commercials and will be available for comment.

For more subject matter experts, visit The University of Texas at Austin Experts Guide.

For more information, contact: Erin Geisler, KUT Radio, Moody College of Communication, (512) 475-8071.

1 Comment to "Experts Available to Discuss Super Bowl Advertising"

1.  D Sanders said on Jan. 27, 2009

Since this game garners the widest audience of all backgrounds of people in the country and world, what are your thoughts regarding the diversity of those seen in commercials related to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, etc.? How is sex appeal (or exploitation), mainly of women, sold as a tool for product or brand recognition when women are half the audience and often the key figures in purchasing decisions? Thanks.