Edmunds.com Analyst Column Debuts on Forbes.com with Preview of Automotive Super Bowl Ads


Edmunds.com Analyst Column Debuts on Forbes.com with Preview of Automotive Super Bowl Ads

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — February 2, 2012 — Edmunds.com Senior Analyst Michelle Krebs, a veteran automotive journalist of almost three decades, has been named an automotive contributor to Forbes.com. Krebs will publish five columns monthly on automotive trends and insights, drawing from Edmunds.com's wealth of vehicle pricing and consumer shopping data. Krebs' column debuted this week with a preview of automotive advertising at this weekend's Super Bowl.

"Chrysler demonstrated last year that the key to a winning Super Bowl ad is a compelling storyline, engaging characters and buzz factor that carries beyond the game itself," wrote Krebs. "This year's advertisers are already trying to exploit the pre-game buzz for their expensive ads, but the question is: have so many been released at once that none will break through the noise?"

Krebs writes that automakers advertising in this year's Super Bowl telecast will have their work cut out for them if they expect to duplicate Chrysler's critically-acclaimed success last year. Interest in the Chrysler 200 on Edmunds.com soared 1,619 percent — the biggest one-day hike of any automotive advertiser ever — after the vehicle's "Born of Fire" ad featuring Eminem premiered during the big game in 2011. The ad marked a turning point for Chrysler, who went on to enjoy a year-over-year sales increase of 26 percent in 2011, which was more than any other automaker selling cars in the U.S.

Once again this year, Edmunds.com will provide real-time site traffic updates that show exactly how much Super Bowl advertisers and sponsors are motivating consumers to research their models and brands. Live updates are available during and after the game via Twitter (@edmunds) and the Edmunds.com Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/edmunds.

In addition to her work with Forbes.com, Michelle Krebs continues to serve as editor of Edmunds.com's Industry Center. For the latest automotive news and trends, please visit the Industry Center at http://www.edmunds.com/industry-center/.

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