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Even though more people than ever are viewing their media through advertising-free means, that hasn't stopped advertisers from trying to grab as much attention as possible. And in some cases, all it takes is bringing a really goofy approach to a TV-friendly aesthetic, as Bud Light did with its relatively recent "Dilly Dilly" ads that celebrate the brand with royal gibberish. The bottle-raising commercials have apparently created quite a buzz for the buzz-creating Bud Light, and Anheuser-Busch InBev's Chief Marketing Officer Miguel Patricio has gone on the record explaining the meaning of "Dilly Dilly."
For anyone hoping for a deep and esoteric trip down through history's dark corridors, my sympathy goes out to you, because Bud Light's "Dilly Dilly" doesn't mean diddly diddly. And it's kind of silly that one should assume that it would have a specific meaning behind it. Beer commercials are not usually the ads that shine lights on hidden history, even if beer itself can cause history that would need to be hidden.
Even if one's hopes were dashed by that lack of a reveal, it's still quite interesting that "Dilly Dilly" was almost doomed right out of the gate, having not gone over well with the test viewers. That had to feel a bit off to Miguel Patricio and his team, since they specifically chose the Game of Thrones-esque production design to appeal to that hit series' massive fanbase. Perhaps no one in the focus group looked like they gave a shit about who takes the Iron Throne, so the marketing team decided to trust its combined instincts by moving forward with the campaign.
Speaking at Business Insider's IGNITION conference, Miguel Patricio said he observed the commercial's success in a way that had nothing to do with viewer statistics or beer sales.
Interestingly, he then said that the company isn't at all interested in going after people bootlegging the phrase, because the execs want to keep getting the "Dilly Dilly" out there however they can. And the upcoming Super Bowl LII in February would be just the kind of event turn "Dilly Dilly" into one of advertising's most memorable spots, considering how much money Bud Light has poured into Super Bowl ad-space in the past.
Until we see if that happens or not, check out the original ad below.