GM simply revealed a Tremendous Bowl advert that includes Will Ferrell and Queer Eye’s Antoni Porowski in addition to references to Netflix exhibits corresponding to Squid Sport, Stranger Issues, Bridgerton, and Military of the Useless. The message of the principle advert is that GM goes electrical, and Netflix might be together with EVs in its exhibits, however, as a GM-sponsored Ferrell says, solely “the place it is sensible.”
It’s nothing new — EVs in films and TV has already made sense. Tesla has been making cameos in films and TV for nearly a decade with over 625 appearances in films, TV, and music movies around the globe. Some recognizable for US readers may be Teslas referenced prominently in exhibits corresponding to The Simpsons, South Park, Rick and Morty, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Deadpool 2, The Good Physician, Silicon Valley, Handmaid’s Story, Useless to Me, Shameless, Succession, American Dad, Star Trek: Picard, or King of Stonks. The popular culture obsession doesn’t finish there, as there are lots of of songs mentioning Teslas (beep beep, is that my Bessie in a Tessie?), together with some making it the central idea of the tune. Yung Gravy asks the riveting query “hey Alexa, what number of bitches can we match within the Tesla?” in his tune Whip A Tesla, Rina Sawayama sings in regards to the extra of Mannequin Xs in Calabasas in her tune XS (oh me oh my), and Damage Reserve raps about eager to “Jailbreak the Tesla.”
Tesla has already put EVs within the popular culture highlight, however the GM Tremendous Bowl advert says it needs to “give EVs the stage they deserve.” GM, it appears, is not any stranger to making an attempt to steal the stage. In 2016, as an example, GM eagerly rushed the Chevrolet Bolt to market to attempt to beat Tesla’s Mannequin 3 to be the primary inexpensive actually mass-market EV. Because of this, GM needed to shut down Chevrolet Bolt manufacturing for an prolonged time and situation an enormous recall as battery fireplace points plagued the automaker. The Chevrolet Bolt now sells in low volumes for less than $25k and loses cash. It barely cracks the highest 5 fashions regardless of discount costs.
Shortly after the Bolt manufacturing shutdown, GM tried to steal the stage once more by inviting President Joe Biden to tour its manufacturing unit and communicate in a televised speech throughout which he mentioned GM “electrified the complete automotive trade,” and the now notorious quote that “[Mary] led.” The truth is, GM has offered cumulatively, and in the latest 12 months, solely a low single-digit proportion of EVs within the US, and only one.7% of automobiles it offered have been electrical in 2022.
This time, GM’s stage-stealing price it $7 million only for the 30-second advert spot, and certain fairly a bit extra for Will and Antoni’s cameos. It comes off as making an attempt too exhausting to be cool to compensate for GM’s lack of compelling EVs. GM’s Tremendous Bowl advert buys are prone to drive Tesla’s gross sales greater than its personal, as may be seen from Tesla’s order circulation after the Tremendous Bowl final 12 months when there have been tons of adverts taking swipes at it, and no adverts from Tesla.
General, GM spent a complete of $1.36 Billion (with a B!) on promoting in 2022 in accordance with Vivvix, which tracks advert spending. Deborah Wahl, Common Motors’ chief advertising officer, mentioned in a latest presentation associated to the GM and Netflix partnership: “The extra we see electrical automobiles present up in such a binge-worthy content material, the sooner everybody will get used to them.” Tesla’s chief advertising officer didn’t reply to requests for remark.
In all seriousness and with a real want to see higher, I might urge GM to chop the surplus in advertising itself as an EV chief. Particularly after its deliberate crushing (figuratively and actually) of electrical automobiles within the 2000s after which the Chevrolet Bolt debacle in 2021. Maybe GM ought to spend a few of its billion-dollar advert funds to easily do higher and create compelling, dependable, and secure EVs that folks love. As Tesla has proven, the cool issue, popular culture acclaim, and earnings circulation from there. In spite of everything, it’s a lot cooler to look at Netflix in your EV than to look at EVs on Netflix.