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Sponsors at the Super Bowl 51: Top 100 Influencers and Brands

by | Feb 17, 2017 | Influencer Lists,

Sunday 5th February 2017 saw one of the biggest sporting events in the world take place; the Super Bowl, where the New England Patriots took on the Atlanta Falcons at the NRG Stadium, in Houston, Texas.

Advertising at the Super Bowl is taken very seriously, with some ads being compared to watching a movie premiere at Sundance Film Festival, but for as much as $5 million a pop for one 30 second slot, advertisers have a very small window to sway their audience of more than 100 million people. That’s why modern day Super Bowl advertising means more brands delivering integrated, multi-platform campaigns, rather than just an advert. With a reported 840 million minutes of Super Bowl adverts viewed on YouTube, it’s true to say that Super Bowl adverts really continue to live on long after the game.

We wanted to see how successful the campaigns were in terms of driving engagement on social media so we analysed all the tweets mentioning the keywords “SB51 OR #Superbowl OR SBLI” in conjunction with all the names of the sponsors to produce a brand share of voice chart:

Onalytica - Sponsors at the Super Bowl 51 - Top 100 Influencers and Brands - Brand Share of Voice

Budweiser sparked the highest number of brand mentions among the top influencers and brands with their politically charged commercial following the narrative of an immigrant overcoming discrimination and achieving success. Pepsi received the second highest share of brand mentions among the top influencers with their sponsorship of the halftime show featuring lady Gaga, for which they ran a competition for fans to be her ” guest of honour” and watch the show from the sidelines. They also ran an ad for their new product LIFEWTR. T-Mobile‘s “Unlimited Moves” campaigns received the 3rd highest share of voice with four commercials featuring a celebrity heavy cast including Justin Bieber, Terrell Owens, Snoop Dogg, Martha Stewart and Kristen Schall. Snickers received the 3rd highest share of mentions with their first live Super Bowl commercial created in real-time during the Big Game. 84 Lumber‘s ad which followed a mother and daughter’s journey from Mexico to the US sparked a lot of social conversation, giving them a 9% share of voice. Audi‘s ad tackled the issue of gender pay equality, and ignited a lot of conversation on social, not all of which was positive. Sprint took a combative approach with their advert featuring a father faking his own death to get out of his Verizon contact, with the tagline “you could’ve just switched to Sprint”. Honda received a 6% share of voice with their ad featuring a high school yearbook with celebrities reflecting the challenges they overcame to eventually become successful, fitting in with their “Power of Dreams” tagline. Intel received a 5% share of voice with conversation focusing on their synchronized aerial drones that played a starring role in the halftime show, as well as their ad that featured New England Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady. Fianlly Kia recieved a 5% share of mentions with their ad featuring Melissa McCarthy on a mission to save whales, trees and more.


Below you can see a network map of the online conversation with the number 1 influencer Lady Gaga at the centre. This map was created with our Influencer Relationship Management software (IRM). Be sure to click on the map to enjoy the full size network diagram in greater detail.

Onalytica - Sponsors at the Super Bowl 51 - Top 100 Influencers and Brands Network Map Lady Gaga


Below you can see another network map created with our Influencer Relationship Management software (IRM) showing the #1 brand Pepsi at the centre, and the conversations to and from all the different influencers in their field. If you are interested in learning more about identifying, managing and engaging with influencers click here to get in touch!

Onalytica - Sponsors at the Super Bowl 51 - Top 100 Influencers and Brands Network Map Pepsi


We looked at all the individuals engaging on Twitter to bring you a list of the top 100 most influential individuals talking about the sponsors at the Super Bowl 51. Be sure to hit the button below to get the full top 100 list!

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Rank Twitter Handle Name Company Influencer Score
1 @ladygaga xoxo, Joanne Universal Music 100
2 @tyleroakley Tyler Oakley Big Frame 86.17
3 @JohnLegere John Legere T-Mobile 55.63
4 @RICHYSQUIRREL Richy Jackson Bloc 37.39
5 @kristinamonllos Kristina Monllos Adweek 23.53
6 @marceloclaure MarceloClaure Sprint 17.19
7 @WithABlast Linda Nortje With A Blast 12.05
8 @LisaWeser Lisa Weser Anheuser-Busch 4.06
9 @tonythecase Tony Case Adwek 3.86
10 @littlemamajama Kristin Novotny Little Mama Jama 2.74
11 @jwyattsports Jim Wyatt Titans Online 1.27
12 @readDanwrite Daniel Roberts Yahoo Finance 1.11
13 @jeffcbeer jeff beer FastCoCreate 0.82
14 @SievertMike Mike Sievert T-Mobile 0.79
15 @jpoggi Jeanine Poggi AdAge 0.61
16 @JMilesKHOU Jason Miles KHOU 0.52
17 @smerconish Michael Smerconish SiriusXM and CNN 0.42
18 @mrlevine Mike Levine Ford 0.38
19 @IvonneKinser Ivonne Kinser AvosfromMexico 0.35
20 @106th Mark Sundstrom FuseTV 0.33
21 @josephjett Joseph Jett Jett Capital 0.32
22 @ElOnline Elizabeth L Driscoll Go Daddy 0.32
23 @zennie62 ⚡️Zennie Abraham⚡️ Zennie62Media 0.31
24 @fordbecky Becky Chesshir Ford 0.3
25 @BizballMaury Maury Brown Bizball 0.29
26 @oscartrelles Oscar Trelles instapanel 0.28
27 @KMCConsults Kathy Connors KMC Consulting 0.27
28 @jessicanaziri Jessica Naziri 0.22
29 @TanyaGazdik Tanya Gazdik MediaPost 0.21
30 @lgranatstein Lisa Granatstein Adweek 0.21
31 @JAronsonTitanFC Jeff Aronson TitanFC 0.2
32 @barryjanoff Barry Janoff 0.2
33 @cannonjw J.W. Cannon UPS 0.18
34 @chrisyates11 Chris Yates Huddle Productions 0.17
35 @jeffhennion Jeff Hennion GNC 0.17
36 @pjdeluca Peter DeLuca T-Mobile 0.17
37 @YWomen Jeffery Halter YWomen 0.16
38 @sherrard_andrew Andrew Sherrard T-Mobile 0.16
39 @IrongirlNadia Nadia Ruiz 0.16
40 @DanitaBlackwood Danita Blackwood Messageplicity 0.13
41 @DuaneRankin Duane Rankin MGMAdvertiser. 0.12
42 @askdes Des 📱 T-Mobile 0.12
43 @chefanneburrell anne burrell 0.12
44 @TimothyCalkins Tim Calkins Kellogg School of Management 0.12
45 @robsantini RobSantini PMK•BNC 0.1
46 @BrigidaMack Brigida Mack WBTV WBTV 0.1
47 @mdkcstar mark davis The Kansas City Star 0.1
48 @MikeRaphone Mike Laponis 0.09
49 @ALaboutSports Al Butler UPI 0.09
50 @AR3Albert Albert Ramirez III Blue Lamb 0.09



Here is a list of the top 50 brands talking about the sponsors at the Super Bowl 51 on Twitter. If you want to see who ranks from 50-100 be sure to download the report to get the full top 100 list!

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Rank Twitter Handle Name Influencer Score
1 @pepsi Pepsi™ 100
2 @NFL NFL 96.46
3 @RealMrClean Mr. Clean 72.67
4 @intel Intel 56.7
5 @SuperBowl Super Bowl 49.27
6 @Audi Audi 29.58
7 @Wix 26.81
8 @Adweek Adweek 26.67
10 @Skittles Skittles 14.47
11 @EW Entertainment Weekly 11.01
12 @adage Ad Age 7.64
13 @hulu hulu 6.17
14 @squarespace Squarespace 5.86
15 @sprint Sprint 5
16 @HouSuperBowl Houston Super Bowl 4.77
17 @brandchannel brandchannel 3.3
18 @TODAYshow TODAY 3.27
19 @THR Hollywood Reporter 2.14
20 @cheddar Cheddar 1.87
21 @MichelobULTRA Michelob ULTRA 1.45
22 @ETCanada ET Canada 0.8
23 @Itsa10Haircare It’s a 10 Haircare 0.66
24 @PepsiCo PepsiCo 0.47
25 @Variety Variety 0.44
26 @NFLCanada NFL Canada 0.34
27 @NinSwitchNews Nintendo Switch 0.33
28 @SprintCentralTX Sprint Central TX 0.3
29 @packerfans_4 Packer Fans 0.26
30 @CSNAuthentic CSNAuthentic 0.25
31 @droga5 Droga5 0.22
32 @FOTPNews FOTP | Pop News 0.2
33 @HeraldRadio Boston Herald Radio 0.16
34 @TheDrum The Drum 0.15
35 @Anomaly Anomaly 0.15
36 @Ace_Metrix Ace Metrix 0.14
37 @espn975 ESPN 97.5 Houston 0.11
38 @abc13houston ABC13 Houston 0.11
39 @BBDONY BBDO New York 0.1
40 @therealautoblog Autoblog 0.1
41 @Marketingland Marketing Land 0.1
42 @creativitymag Creativity Editors 0.09
43 @trailertrack TrailerTrack 0.07
44 @SuperBowlAdsG superbowladsforgeeks 0.07
45 @SaveALot Save-A-Lot 0.05
46 @CStoreNews_ C-Store News 0.05
47 @KHOU KHOU 11 News Houston 0.05
48 @andyawards ANDY Awards 0.04
49 @easybranches @EasyBranches 0.04
50 @YahooTV Yahoo TV 0.04


At Onalytica we love building these lists and want to give back to our loyal readers as much as we can. If you’re interested in other topics (such as the Top 50 UK Super Bowl Influencers, Rugby World Cup 2015, Health and Fitness) be sure to have a gander on our blog or why not propose some topics to us on twitter? We also build some very cool software to manage all of these influencers. Get a free demo today by clicking the button below!


Disclaimer: As ever with these lists, it must be stressed that the ranking is by no means a definitive measurement of influence, as there is no such thing. The brands and individuals listed are undoubtedly influential when it comes to driving discussion around sponsors at the Super Bowl.

The PageRank based methodology we use to extract influencers on a particular topic takes into account the number and quality of contextual references that a user receives. These calculations also take into account a user’s resonance (engagement), relevance (number of tweets on topic) and reach (number of followers). If you want to learn more, please read our article that outlines influencer identification.

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