China e-commerce player Temu is about to run its second Super Bowl ad — and do $10 million in giveaways
Temu, the e-commerce app run by Chinese company PDD Holdings, plans to run a Super Bowl ad on Sunday, a spokesperson told CNBC, as it looks to continue growing rapidly in the United States.
It's rare for a Chinese firm to buy a Super Bowl ad spot, which costs millions of dollars. But this will be Temu's second ad at the football event — it ran its first commercial last year, underscoring how aggressively its parent company PDD is trying to crack the U.S. market.
In addition to the commercial, Temu will be giving away $5 million in coupons and credits, an initiative already underway. On the day of the Super Bowl, Temu plans to do an additional $10 million in giveaways, the spokesperson said.
The spokesperson offered no more details on the contents of the ad or the price paid for the spot.
Temu launched in September 2022 and shortly after aired its Super Bowl ad in 2023. That commercial features a young woman amazed at the cheap prices on clothing and accessories that Temu has to offer.
"The prices blow my mind. I feel so rich. I feel like a billionaire. I'm shopping like a billionaire," goes the ad's jingle.
In a survey of 150 people carried out by market research firm Zappi, 51% said they "loved" last year's ad, giving it a score of eight or more on a 10-point scale. That number is in line with the average of other ads that Zappi conducted surveys for. However, 21% of respondents "hated" the ad, giving it a score of four or less on the same scale. That's significantly above the average, Zappi said. More than one in three (34%) of viewers found the claims made in the ad not to be believable.
Still, Temu is continuing to spend big on marketing to acquire users via platforms like Facebook. Temu's U.S. ad spend increased 318% and