Turns Out Tesla Was Also A Big Super Bowl Winner

    • Tesla saw a surge in orders for its vehicles following the Super Bowl.
    • Many of the company's rivals bought ad space, but Tesla did not.

The company that may have benefited most from Super Bowl LVI didn’t run a single ad.

Tesla revealed in its first-quarter earnings presentation that orders for its cars spiked on the day following the Big Game on Feb. 13, which featured numerous ads for the EV carmaker’s competitors.

  • BMW, Audi, GM, Kia, Hyundai, and Polestar all ran ads promoting EV models. Wallbox, which produces EV charging stations, also ran a spot.
  • The surge in orders helped Tesla post an 87% year-over-year increase in automotive revenue to $18.8 billion in Q1 2022. Profits hit $3.3 billion.
  • Tesla handily beat revenue expectations by 5.1%. The company’s stock was up around 3% on Thursday after initially leaping 8%.

The moment was further validation for Tesla’s unique marketing strategy: In its 19-year history, the company has not spent a single dollar on advertising.

In 2021, Tesla produced the top-selling EV in both the U.S. (Model Y) and Europe (Model 3), each of which placed 17th in sales among all car models.

Super Spend

Some ad rates for the 2022 game, which was broadcast on NBC, Telemundo, and Peacock, reached a record $7 million for a 30-second spot. Over 30 advertisers bought in for the first time. 

NBCUniversal’s haul likely beat that of ViacomCBS, which held rights to the 2021 game, bringing in $434.5 million.

Automotive companies were among the top spenders, along with those in entertainment and beverages.