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Ace Metrix Announces the Top Ads of Q2 2014

Ads from Google, Samsung Mobile, Seagram’s and KitchenAid Are Among Standouts of the Quarter

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ace Metrix®, the new standard in television and video advertising analytics, today announced the top scoring ads of the second quarter of 2014. Thirty ads were awarded the title of Ad of the Quarter by earning the highest Ace Score within their categories. Google takes the podium for the third consecutive quarter with “Play Your Heart Out” (Ace Score 667, 40 percent above norm), an ad that outperformed its category peers by the largest percentage of all the winners. Ads from Samsung Mobile and Seagram’s Escapes also outperformed their respective categories by more than 30 percent. KitchenAid debuted the highest-scoring ad of the quarter overall with its feature-packed ad that earned an Ace Score of 740, 21.3 percent above the Appliances 12-month norm.

“Little Things Can Make a Big Difference”

“These 30 ads represent the best creative across a broad range of categories with diverse paths to success,” said Peter Daboll, Ace Metrix CEO. “Each of these ads began with a distinctive creative brief and their effective engagement with consumers can be found not just in the Ace Score but in its many component parts – each having demonstrated an ability to command attention, to impart information, and to connect emotionally.”

Top Ads of the Quarter, Q2 2014 by Category*
listed alphabetically


Ad Title



    % Above



Apparel & Footwear    

Cool Passenger

    624     27.1%     51

Ignite Your Culinary Creativity

    740     21.3%     64
Auto - Luxury    

The Eyes

    653     18.5%     66
Auto - Non-Luxury    

Happy Children

    689     27.3%     70
Automotive Services    

Rule The World

    673     22.8%     64

Crispin Cider
Fresh Pressed

    601     19.9%     59

True To The Fruit

    685     21.5%     68

Summer Flavors

    631     15.2%     55

Seagram's Escapes
Color Your Summer

    619     30.0%     71
Candies & Snacks    

Parents Don't Want to Share

    688     24.1%     57
Financial Services                        
Banking, Investment & Mortgage    

GE Capital
King's Hawaiian

    608     19.8%     63
Credit Cards    

Discover Card
Same Page

    592     10.2%     46

Little Things Can Make A Big Difference

    722     24.5%     89

State Farm
Names :60

    659     26.1%     55
Packaged Foods    

Difference in Slices: L. & L. Gentine

    690     21.4%     65
Personal Care                        

New Serum Foundation

    523     10.9%     59

L'Oreal Hair
Reusable Hair Color

    580     19.4%     62

Their Most Stretchable Sheer Bandage

    662     22.1%     67

Neutrogena Skin
Ready For Summer

    616     23.9%     60

Strong Body

    644     18.5%     75
Pharmaceuticals – OTC    

Heal As You Sleep

    617     13.0%     51
Casual Dining    

Olive Garden
Latest Inspiration

    734     21.6%     68

Endless Variety

    699     22.6%     57


    681     27.5%     69

Samsung Televisions

    716     27.8%     65
Mobile Devices    

Samsung Mobile Phones
Water Resistant

    739     30.1%     55
Software & Websites    

Play Your Heart Out

    667     39.5%     58
Video Games & Consoles    

Take Four

    606     20.7%     65
Telecom Services    

Verizon FiOS
Long Way

    652     24.2%     59

Atlantis Resort
Summer Fun

    666     19.0%     82

Each of the ads within this list earned the highest Ace Score of all ads within its category, having first aired on national television between April 1 and June 30, 2014.
*See “Award Qualification and Methodology” below.

Category Standouts

Google’s “Play Your Heart Out” (Ace Score 667) outperformed the Software & Websites category average by 40 percent – the largest gap to 12-month category norm of any brand to air new creative this quarter. In fact, Google captured the top three spots in the Software & Websites category and ran the highest scoring long format ad of the quarter with its 90-second “Search On” (Ace Score 663, 38.6 percent above norm).

Samsung Mobile earned a spot on the Ad of the Quarter list with “Water Resistant,” Ace Score 739, 30 percent above the Mobile Devices category norm. The ad also earned the highest Relevance score (761) of any of the 1,500+ ads scored in the second quarter. Samsung also earned the second highest Ace Score for the Mobile Devices category (715) for its lengthier :60 Galaxy S5 feature-packed ad.

KitchenAid earned the Top Scoring Ad of the Quarter with “Ignite Your Culinary Creativity,” Ace Score 740, 21 percent above the Appliances category norm. This ad is also the highest scoring :30 ad of the quarter across all categories (both qualified and unqualified).

Dawn remains the brand with the ability to garner the strongest positive Emotional Sentiment score. Dawn’s “Little Things Can Make a Big Difference” earned an Emotional Sentiment score of 89 and is the latest ad in the brand’s long-running wildlife campaign. The ad is also the highest scoring of all Dawn’s ads dating back to 2010 with an Ace Score of 722.

Samsung Televisions earned the Ad of the Quarter for “Curved,” the ad introducing one of its latest innovations. “Curved” garnered an Ace Score of 716, 28 percent above the Technology – Hardware 12-month norm.

The most prolific category this quarter, Retail represents 21 percent of the new ads to debut in Q2. Lowe’s earned the Ad of the Quarter for Retail with “Renovation” (Ace Score 681, 28 percent above norm).

Baskin-Robbins earned the Ad of the Quarter for the QSR category with its ad “Endless Options,” Ace Score of 699, followed closely by another Baskin-Robbins ad “Online Ordering,” which earned an Ace Score of 693. In fact, these two ads are the highest scoring of the nearly 600 :15 ads to air this quarter across all categories (both qualified and unqualified).

Hoover, the third-place finisher in the Appliances category, earned the highest score among :60 ads for “Change that Changed Everything” with an Ace Score of 725. The ad also earned the highest Change score (775) than any other ad to debut in the quarter – meaning consumers felt the ad conveyed that the Hoover brand was moving in a new direction.

To watch and learn more about each of the winning ad visit acemetrix.com/news/blog.

Award Qualification and Methodology

An Ad of the Quarter award recognizes the highest scoring ads of each qualifying category based on ads that debuted between April 1 and June 30, 2014. The Ace Score is the measure of ad creative effectiveness based on viewer reaction to national TV ads, providing the advertising industry an unbiased resource to measure creative impact. Ace Metrix scores every national television ad, across 96 categories creating a complete comparative database – Ace Metrix LIVE®. A unique panel of at least 500 consumers, representative of the U.S. TV viewing audience, scores each ad in the exact same manner. The results are presented on a scale of 1–950, which represents scoring on creative attributes such as Persuasion, Likeability, Information, Attention, Change, Relevance, Desire, and Watchability. Ace Metrix applies a natural language processing algorithm to the hundreds of qualitative verbatim responses collected for each ad, deriving a score that indicates positive, negative, or neutral emotional impact and represents the ad’s position on an Emotional Sentiment Index ranging from 1 to 100. Ace Metrix collected more than 1,500 ads in the second quarter, scored by more than 142,000 consumers, representing 750,000 quantitative and approximately 450,000 qualitative responses. All ads within categories that had at least 20 unique pieces of creative over the past 12 months, and at least 10 in the quarter, were considered for the award.

About Ace Metrix

Ace Metrix® is the new standard in television and video analytics, dedicated to delivering better, faster and more cost-effective solutions for evaluating video advertising within competitive context. Through the Ace Metrix LIVE® platform, companies can now access timely, actionable data wherever, whenever they need to, enabling real-time advertising campaign optimization. Combining leading edge technology and patent pending methodology, Ace Metrix is revolutionizing the way marketers measure themselves and their competitive landscape. The Company is privately held and is backed by leading venture capital firms and industry leaders, including Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, Palomar Ventures, Leapfrog Ventures and WPP.

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Michelle Robertson, 646-279-5775