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Crypto Exchanges Debuting Super Bowl Ads for Mass Adoption

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Updated by Ryan Boltman
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In Brief

  • Several cryptocurrency exchanges will be debuting advertisements during this year’s Super Bowl, one of the most widely watched sporting events of the year.
  • FTX Trading Ltd. and Crypto.com are expected to run ads during the matchup between the Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals on February 13.
  • Super Bowl ads have come to be known in marketing circles as one of the greatest contributing factors in gaining mainstream exposure for a brand.
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Several cryptocurrency exchanges will be debuting advertisements during this year’s Super Bowl, one of the most widely watched sporting events of the year.

FTX Trading Ltd. and Crypto.com are expected to run ads during the matchup between the Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals on February 13, which has an anticipated viewership of 100 million. While last year’s commercials featured pandemic themes, this year is expected to be more uplifting and fun overall. In teasers for its commercial, FTX featured historical figures, such as Thomas Edison, while Crypto.com is planning a surprise reveal.

Super Bowl ads

Due to that broad viewership, Super Bowl ads have come to be known in marketing circles as one of the greatest contributing factors in gaining mainstream exposure for a brand. While steadily increasing user numbers could be expected during a bull market, this kind of exposure could be just what these crypto exchanges need to maintain that adoption during the current downturn. Dependent on trading volumes, a bump in user ship following the game would keep the platforms growing.

“For these companies who are providing some foundational services — primarily exchanges or those who let you create a wallet — in order to grow, they need more volume,” said Columbia Business School professor R.A. Farrokhnia. “You have to convince consumers to start coming into this ecosystem.”

However, that type of exposure comes with an increasingly augmenting price tag, with a 30-second slot during the big game costing as much as $7 million this year, an all-time high. But crypto companies recognize the value of such investments, with $112.9 million having been spent on national crypto-related ads since the beginning of 2020, according to iSpot.tv data. 

So far, Crypto.com has spent roughly $65 million on an advertising campaign featuring actor Matt Damon. Meanwhile, FTX has invested $21 million across multiple campaigns, some of which included recently retired quarterback Tom Brady. And while they will not be running a Super Bowl spot this year, the game will be played in an arena named for SoFi Technologies, which spent $18 million on ads.

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Nicholas Pongratz
Nick is a data scientist who teaches economics and communication in Budapest, Hungary, where he received a BA in Political Science and Economics and an MSc in Business Analytics from CEU. He has been writing about cryptocurrency and blockchain technology since 2018, and is intrigued by its potential economic and political usage.
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