Last Updated Nov 4, 2009 11:46 AM EST
Here from Ford's perspective, are some of the benefits:
- Rather than buying, say, one or two 30-second commercials, Ford got about 11 minutes worth of promotion (including the lead-in to the above sketch), with comedy thrown in for free.
- The clip above isn't a commercial exactly, but it still makes the kind of copy points that an ad would, in more entertaining ways. For instance, it makes the point of how roomy the trunk is by putting the 6'4" O'Brien inside it (and shutting it for awhile when he was still inside).
- As these product tie-ins go, it was relatively natural, since O'Brien has referenced his Taurus on the show.
- It puts the car in front of an audience it might not normally reach, the 18-34 demographic that is the core audience of "The Tonight Show."
There's no word on what Ford paid to be integrated into the show, but in case there was any doubt as to how this came about, this deal was worked out using official brand integration machinery, rather than being something that the show itself cooked up on its own. Marentic told Mediapost it was put together by Al Uzielli, an L.A.-based Ford executive who is in charge of the Ford Global Brand Entertainment Group.