Coinbase: Super Bowl ad continues to generate discussion
Coinbase: Super Bowl ad continues to generate discussion

Coinbase: Super Bowl ad continues to generate discussion

By Vincenzo Cacioppoli - 23 Feb 2022

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If the aim of Coinbase was to attract curiosity and attention, then the very expensive ($7 million) ad at the last Super Bowl was certainly a very successful operation.

In addition to having recently been named as the most innovative and talked-about ad of all those aired during the highly-followed Super Bowl final in mid-February, the 60-second spot was so successful that it caused the Coinbase app to crash for a few hours due to excessive simultaneous access in the hours following the airing.

But now it seems that a new controversy has arisen around this much talked about commercial. 

The issue allegedly concerns the creativity of the 60-second ad (a two-dimensional, full-screen barcode that had to be scanned to be directed to the exchange’s website).

The company’s CEO Brian Armstrong claims that it was all an internal Coinbase idea, but an American advertising agency claimed to have come up with the idea behind the ad.

In a lengthy tweet on Monday, Armstrong expressed his satisfaction that his marketing team, with a limited budget and little time, had created a highly successful and effective product.

However, Cristian Kareen, CEO of the advertising agency The Martin Agency, responded controversially to Armstrong’s tweet, claiming creative authorship of the spot.

Armstrong responded to the tweet by toning down the controversy and thanking the agency, which along with others had contributed to the commercial. 

However, in the same tweet Armstrong reiterated that the full authorship of the creative idea belongs to the Coinbase marketing department.


Vincenzo Cacioppoli

Vincenzo was born in Genova but lived most of his life in Milan. He has a degree in political science. He is a journalist, blogger, writer, and marketing and digital advertising expert. After a long experience in traditional marketing, he started working with the web and digital advertising in 2011, creating a company called Le enfants. Passionate about the web and innovation, in 2018 he started exploring the topics related to blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies. Independent cryptocurrency trader since March 2018, he now collaborates with companies in the sector as a content marketing specialist. In his blog., he has long been primarily focused on blockchain, which he considers to be the greatest technological innovation after the Internet. His first book about blockchain and fintech is scheduled for release in November.

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