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Super Bowl data shows hashtag isn't cool, the URL is back

#rekt

Super Bowl LI - New England Patriots v Atlanta Falcons Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

Advertisers sink a great deal of time and money into ads for the Super Bowl, one of the most-watched events of the year. How they decide to draw consumers further in is important, because it signifies where they’re choosing to focus those resources, and what they consider the viable social media strategies of the moment. This year, Marketing Land reports that hashtags were only included in 30 percent of Super Bowl ads, as opposed to 45 percent last year.

This year’s promotion tool of choice appears to be URLs, which were included in 41 percent of ads shown. It’s the first year, according to Marketing Land’s research, that URLs have overtaken the hashtag. #rekt will hereby be known as rekt.com.

In their prime, hashtags were included in 57 percent of Super Bowl ads. This year’s selection included campaigns like #AvoSecrets, #TasteTheRainbow, and #TheSafeWordisUnlimited, which is so ridiculously long that it deserves to be the death of all hashtags.