NINE UPFRONTS | Nine looks to build NRL STATE OF ORIGIN into SUPERBOWL marketing event

Nine has announced a million-dollar challenge to marketers to take State of Origin from a sporting blockbuster into a broader part of Australia’s cultural fabric as a must-watch event in which even the ads are unmissable.

Announced at today’s Nine 2021 Upfront presentation, the State of Originality is an open challenge to brands, marketers and creative agencies to help the NRL’s State of Origin claim the title as Australia’s Super Bowl by creating unmissable big-brand moments during the commercial breaks.

The State of Originality will award $1 million in advertising inventory across Nine’s television, radio, digital and print assets to the commercial judged as best on ground in the live telecast by an esteemed panel. To be deemed eligible to enter, advertising must be booked within the three-game period of State of Origin in 2021.

“State of Origin has long been Australia’s Super Bowl when it comes to the audience it garners,”

– said Liana Dubois, Director of Powered.

“Now is the time for the same to be true of the advertising contained within it.

“The State of Originality is a call to arms for marketers and their creative teams to elevate the power and importance of creativity in delivering results.

“We know that creative, meaning the actual ad itself, is responsible for up to fifty per cent of the total effect of an advertising campaign. Reach is responsible for the other half. Utopia is to crack both. The State of Origin reaches up to four million people, that’s the reach covered. We invite you to crack the creative as part of Nine’s State of Originality.”

While some big brands have been taking advantage of Australia’s most-watched sporting events, including the Australian Open, State of Origin and the NRL Finals, there remains an opportunity for every ad booked at the State of Origin in 2021 to go down in history and become part of an honour roll of Australia’s ads like those in the NFL Super Bowl.

“We want to challenge brands to come up with Australia’s version of Budweiser’s ‘Wassup’, or Apple’s Ridley Scott-directed ‘1984’ which introduced the Macintosh computer to the world. We want to see brands have fun and create magical moments for viewers, like when Darth Vader struggled with his powers before managing to lock his dad’s VW with just the power of The Force,”

– said Dubois.

“Australia is a creative nation and we want more ads that make advertising famous. We want the ads to be talked about the next day just as much as who scores the winning try.”

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