Jimmy Fallon Crowdsourcing Ford Super Bowl Ad on Twitter

Ford has hired Jimmy Fallon to create a 60-second Super Bowl ad for its Lincoln brand based on script suggestions it is soliciting on Twitter.

The attempt to reach out to a younger consumer comes as Lincoln has lost 63% of its sales since its 1990 peak. The effort to re-establish the brand began on Monday with a new ad that shows an actor playing Abraham Lincoln emerging from a fog. The ad then shows vintage Lincoln models along with images of Clark Gable and Dean Martin.

For the Super Bowl, the brand has launched SteertheScript, a crowdsourcing effort that lets fans co-author a spot that Fallon will create. Fallon has more than 7 million followers on Twitter vs. a little more than 170,000 for Lincoln.

“We’re going to put a different twist on it and approach it in a very social way and try to do something that hasn’t been done before,” Matt VanDyke, Lincoln’s director of marketing, sales and service, told Bloomberg. Hitching its wagon to a young social media-friendly star might be a good move for Lincoln. Chevrolet, for instance, managed to get one of the 20 most-shared ads of the year by partnering with OK Go for its Super Bowl ad earlier this year.

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