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All the News You Can Drink: Miller Lite's Marketing Issues, Jaguars' Booze Bribe and more

Posted by Mark J. Miller on September 27, 2013 07:22 PM

Miller Lite's Marketing Problem

Miller Lite’s “Tastes Great, Less Filling” ad campaign was one of the most memorable of the 1970s, but the brew’s marketing message has been lost over the years, and sales have followed. 

Alan Clark, the CEO of parent company SABMiller, told the Wall Street Journal that the dip in sales isn’t because consumers don’t like the taste of the brew, but because of its poor marketing. After all, Coors Light has been growing its sales in recent years because of its “Rocky Mountain cold refreshment” branding. “(It) is so simple and yet so powerful in its expression,” Clark told the Journal.

So the brand trying its best to bring back the magic of the old days. It reinstated “Miller Time” last year, began airing ads with celebs this year, and is trying out a limited-edition retro can next year, the Milwaukee Business Journal reports. Something's bound to stick. If not, maybe some good old 'Tastes Great, Less Filling' arguments?Continue reading...

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All The News You Can Drink: Boston Beer, Miller Lite, Maker's Mark and more

Posted by Mark J. Miller on May 3, 2013 05:40 PM

Boston Beer Takes a Big Hit

America’s drinkers are putting down their Sam Adams. Its brewer, Boston Beer Co., which has gotten a bit of press recently for putting in a trademark request for Boston Strong 26.2 Brew in the wake of the bombings at the Boston Marathon, announced its quarterly earnings Wednesday and they were not good. The company earned 51 cents per share in this year’s first quarter, “down almost 9 percent from a year earlier and well below the 62 cents a share expected by analysts,” CNN reports.

That news sent shares of the country’s top craft brewer down almost 11 percent Thursday. Their spot at the top of the heap is hurting them, the company said, as consumers are turning their tongues to other smaller craft brews that are on their way up.Continue reading...

social media

MasterCard, Miller Lite Scour Social Media for New Talent

Posted by Mark J. Miller on March 15, 2013 04:22 PM

In the never-ending quest to find good talent, more and more companies are taking to social media and implementing interesting tactics to discover their next great employee. 

Most recently, MasterCard has launched a search for five eager beaver interns. Hopefulls must apply via LinkedIn with an idea of how to facilitate a cashless future. Applicants must then follow MasterCard's Twitter, since that's how they're planning on notfying the chosen applicants. The company even created an animated short to advertise the opportunity.Continue reading...

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Miller Lite Brings Back 'All Star' Approach in New Campaign

Posted by Dale Buss on March 8, 2013 06:11 PM

Miller Lite is turning to an old page in its playbook, with a new gang of celebrities designed to boost the flagging brew in a fresh slate of TV ads served up on another iconic platter for the franchise, "Miller Time." The new go-to guys for Miller Lite include Vince Vaughn, Ken Jeong, Chuck Liddell and Questlove.

But interestingly, Miller brand managers say that their new campaign will not seek to trade too heavily on the appeal or persona of any one of its new stable of celebrity pitch people. One ad wonders what it would be like to hang out with actor Jeong, who will star in the upcoming Hangover Part III—but he's self-deprecating in the spot.

"Celebrity is not our strategy," Con Williamson, chief creative officer at Saatchi & Saatchi, told Advertising Age. "Our strategy is solely focused on Miller Time." That, of course, will leave Miller strategically opposed to the growing number of tight tie-ups between beverage brands and individual celebrities, including Justin Timberlake and Bud Light Platinum, Taylor Swift and Diet Coke, and Beyonce and Pepsi.Continue reading...

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All the News You Can Drink: Heineken Star Rises, Brangelina Wine a Sell-Out and more

Posted by Mark J. Miller on March 8, 2013 05:07 PM

Heineken’s Star Bottle Arrives Stateside with New Campaign

Heineken’s new taller, sleeker and starred bottle is already available in 170 countries and is now being rolled out in the United States with a new “Arrive Big” ad campaign featuring the brand’s “Man of the World” in such exotic locations as Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Lagos, Nigeria and New York City. In each location, the protagonist finds himself in prickly situations at various clubs, yet somehow ends up with the girl and the beer (and an #arrivebig hashtag, to boot) in the end.

“Our priority is to ‘break the mold’ in beer marketing with cinematic, sophisticated ads that feature our ‘Man of the World,’ a progressive, cultured guy, who is inventive in any situation,” said Colin Westcott-Pitt, vice president of Heineken, in a press release. Heineken doesn’t go so far as to pull a New Coke move and break the mold inside the bottle, of course.Continue reading...

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In the News: JCPenney, McDonald's, Disney and more

Posted by Dale Buss on March 8, 2013 09:03 AM

In the News

JCPenney cuts an additional 2,200 jobs and delays stocking Martha Stewart products as judge suggests mediation with Macy's.

McDonald's U.S. sales slip, but less than anticipated.

Disney welcomes new movie-studio chief and big plans for Star Wars franchise.

Adidas is hot on heels of Nike in sportswear in China.

Amazon logs rising revenue from servicing cloud's server needs.

Arby's targets "modern day traditionalists."

Cablevision claims coercion led to deal with Viacom.

Caribou Coffee launches new branding campaign.

Citi passes stress tests.Continue reading...

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In the News: AB InBev, Twitter, Cablevision and more

Posted by Dale Buss on February 27, 2013 09:09 AM

In the News

AB InBev fiercely denies allegations that it waters down Budweiser, as its earnings are boosted by U.S.

Twitter sees potential valuation soar as it mulls IPO.

Cablevision sues Viacom for making it run second-tier channels.

AMC is propelled by "The Walking Dead."

Apple is expected to address cash horde at annual meeting as it tries to crack India market with iPhone.

Asus plans aggressive push in U.S. PC market.

Boeing encounters lack of battery expertise as probe of Dreamliner drags on.

Facebook opens up its ad exchange to sell everything but Google.

GM CEO Dan Akerson requests no pay raise for second year in a row.

Huawei kicks off branding campaign at Mobile World Congress.

In-N-Out Burger is kept on track by heiress.

Kraft debuts theme of Velveeta as "liquid gold."

Macy's plans to intensify digital efforts and issues upbeat outlook.

Milwaukee Brewers renew deal with long-time sponsor Miller Lite. Continue reading...

sporting brands

Marketers Gearing Up for Football Season

Posted by Mark J. Miller on August 22, 2012 05:12 PM

Put all that talk of concussions and what Joe Paterno knew and when and just how Tim Tebow is going to fit into the New York Jets offense, real football is coming soon. Actual bodies wearing actual pads in actual games will soon be filling up America’s TV screens and you can be sure that marketers are getting ready for some pigskin action.

Fantasy football from Yahoo! got underway today and big brand names were all over it. Citi, Miller Lite, Snickers, Toyota, and Visa all found ways to get their names onto the Yahoo! Fantasy Football pages in one way or another, whether it is the Toyota Hall of Fame: Legends of Fantasy Football or the Visa Stat Tracker. Snickers and Miller Lite have both selected to sponsor content that is “personalized” to each individual fantasy user. They’ll all benefit from Yahoo!’s attempts to push their fantasy users to keep up with their teams across a variety of platforms, including Connected TVs and mobile devices, a company release notes. Continue reading...

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