Posted by Mark J. Miller on December 6, 2013 06:39 PM
Scotchy, Scotch, Scotch.. I Love Scotch
When comedian Will Ferrell dressed up as his Anchorman alter ego Ron Burgundy and shot a bunch of ridiculous commercials for the Dodge Durango, GM couldn’t have possibly predicted what it would do for the brand. In the month the ads launched, sales of Durango went up 59 percent compared with a year ago and its web traffic also took an 80 percent spike upward.
Plenty of other brands are hoping for the same kind of upward tick as they align with Ferrell before Anchorman 2 is released Dec. 18. One of them comes from liquor marketer Riviera Imports and is called "Great Odin's Raven Special Reserve,” named after one of Burgundy’s catch phrases. The word from Ad Age is that Riviera will ship out orders with stand-up displays of Burgundy to put up in stores. Prepare for a run on scotch, America.
If that weren’t enough, Anchorman 2-related products will also be coming from Ben & Jerry’s (Scotchy Scotch Scotch) and Jockey underwear. MillerCoors has also inked a deal to have its old-school Miller Lite cans appear in the film.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on November 29, 2013 01:12 PM
The NBC Universal-owned Esquire Network, which only launched two months ago, isn’t just serving up bro videos for broadcast. It also has created an original program on its website, “Brotherhood,” that features Saturday Night Live veteran Jason Sudeikis, five other cool dudes, and a whole lot of Chivas Regal.
The Scotch whisky is the official sponsor of the web series, so it appears prominently in all 12 of the three- to five-minute episodes that will run through Dec. 15. According to Ad Week, the show is being pushed with “paid ads on Facebook, Google (search), AskMen.com and Playboy.com” and will get placement on Esquire’s on- and offline properties.
The other dudes sipping along with Sudeikis in the “Original Web Series That Celebrates the Modern Gentlemen Movement” include singer Brandon Boyd, chef Max Chow, artist Bryn Mooser, musician Jon Batiste, and hat designer Nick Fouquet. "These are multi-hyphenated gentlemen who are handsome, stylish, and aspirational—men who inspire us to pursue lives of passion and purpose,” said Lisa Eisenpresser, co-founder and head of development at series creator The Story Lab, according to Ad Week. “We document a day in each of their lives and the demonstration of their craft provides a unique visual thread for the series."Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on November 22, 2013 07:15 PM
Bacardi Celebrates Struggles in New Global Campaign
You can’t blame the people at Bacardi if they’ve got a persecution complex. The brand’s new campaign, “Untameable,” highlights all the troubles it has faced since its 1862 debut in Cuba. As the New York Times notes, the brand has survived “a fire in 1880, Prohibition beginning in 1920 in the United States, an earthquake in 1932 that destroyed facilities and the revolutionary government led by Fidel Castro that seized Bacardi’s Cuban assets in 1960,” among other things.
The commercial will be translated into more than 30 languages and broadcast all over the world over the next six months.
“The rum category has focused very much on the social aspect of a bunch of consumers enjoying the drink in a typical occasion,” said Andy J. Gibson, global chief marketing officer of Bacardi Global Brands, according to the Times. This campaign is decidedly different.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on November 15, 2013 08:07 PM
Patagonia Toasts Itself with Organic Brew
Outdoor clothing company Patagonia is turning 40 and in perfect mid-life crisis fashion, it's adopting some new hobbies. The eco-friendly outfitter is actually brewing its own brand of beer.
Created in partnership with New Belgium Brewing, the limited-edition organic beer will be known as California Route Lager and only sold in 12-ounce cans, according to the Huffington Post. But the lager won’t be around for long. “This is just a promotional, one-time special collaboration," Patagonia spokesperson Jess Clayton told Bloomberg Businessweek. "Patagonia is not getting into the beer-business in a permanent way.”
The name comes “from the California route on Patagonia's Mount Fitz Roy, first climbed in 1968 by Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard and friends,” according to the company’s press release.
We'll drink to that!Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on November 8, 2013 07:02 PM
SABMiller India Enforcing Road Rules
Driving around India during the holiday season may get a bit noisy if SABMiller has its way. The company is handing out whistles so folks can make themselves heard to anyone who is breaking the rules of the road as part of its “Respect the Road” campaign.
“‘Respect the Road’ is India’s biggest don’t drink and drive campaign on the digital platform,” the company said. “Going beyond highlighting the perils of drunk driving, the Facebook page of the campaign will now also highlight dangerous and risky road behavior leading to road accidents and fatalities. The page will showcase whistle creatives and images of people blowing whistles at traffic offenders. The objective is to involve people and encourage them to participate in this campaign to address the issue of road safety.”
The campaign also includes a partnership with Piquor, a social-enabled photobooth installed in one of New Delhi's hotspots where night time revelers can snap a photo in the booth to make a pledge toward the campaign.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on November 1, 2013 07:05 PM
Beam Goes Sweet for Maple
Beam scored a hit earlier this year with its honey-flavored bourbon, so the company is turning out a few more—Jim Beam Maple and Knob Creek Smoked Maple—to help boost its hurting bottom line.
Rob Nelson, the brand manager of small-batch bourbon at Beam, told BeverageDaily.com that the growing popularity of such spirits can be partially attributed to the popularity of Prohibition-era TV shows such as HBO's Boardwalk Empire. The sweeter taste also seems to be attracting the sweeter sex.
“We think females are now participating in flavored bourbon at twice the rate they are in the unflavored bourbon,” Beam Chief Executive Matthew Shattock said in a conference call, according to Bloomberg Businessweek. As the magazine points out, though, that success may be at the expense of its Skinnygirl wine, which is “down by almost one-third this year.”Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 25, 2013 07:17 PM
Jack Daniel’s Launches Bottle Battle with Little Whiskey Brand
When liquor buyers go looking for a bottle of Jack Daniel’s, they know what they’re looking for: a squared-off chunk of glass with the black label and the trusty No. 7. The famed distiller, though, is a bit concerned that shoppers are going to be confused by a new whiskey on the shelf: Popcorn Sutton's Tennessee White Whiskey.
Sutton’s originally marketed its whiskey in Mason jars in honor of the moonshiner who created it, but the brand switched its packaging recently to a bottle that is “square shaped with angled shoulders and beveled corners, with white-on-black labeling color schemes,” the Associated Press reports. The lawyers at Jack Daniel’s have taken notice and filed suit, claiming they've cornered the market on square whiskey.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 18, 2013 06:37 PM
Heineken Teams Up with Marc Newson
Home brewers are no longer a tiny niche market of experimental adventurers. The group keeps growing, particularly as the craft-beer movement continues to put its dent into the bottom lines of major beer purveyors.
And Heineken is getting in on the action. It has teamed up with design god Marc Newson and Krups to create what a company release calls “a sleek, stylish draught beer lifestyle appliance” called The Sub. The machine comes with a 2-liter keg that allows consumers to craft “perfect quality, super chilled beers” such as Heineken, Affligem, Desperados, and Birra Moretti Baffo d'Oro in their own homes. Seasonal beers will also be available.
The Sub will first be found in France and Italy in 2014 and be rolled out to other markets throughout the year. Newson-designed extras such as a full serving case, glassware, mats, and a skimmer are optional accessories. Heineken is calling it “the future of beer,” but consumers might just call it “convenient.”Continue reading...