Posted by Sheila Shayon on April 24, 2013 02:45 PM
Dutch brewing giant Heineken is jumping into real-time "second-screen" experiences with a social media strategy targeting consumers on mobile devices.
"We're working on projects at the moment that are building on consumer behaviour rather than interrupting it," Jeremy Brook, head of digital strategy and media innovation at Heineken told the UK's Marketing Week.
The brewer acknowledges mobile as a "gamechanger" and is offering marketers a chance to join in on the conversation with consumers through branded gaming and interactive events, like a game that allows users to interact with a live UEFA Champions League match or while in attendance at the Ultra Music Festival.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on April 12, 2013 07:15 PM
Secretary of State Brings Home 24 Canadians
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry found himself to be the proud owner of a case of Molson Canadian Thursday after settling a bet with Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird.
The pair had wagered cases of beer over who would win the women’s world hockey championship and the US came through on Tuesday with a 3-2 win. Baird will have to live without the case of Sam Adams, brewed in Kerry’s home state of Massachusetts, that would have been coming to him.
They made the exchange in London, where they are holed up for the G8 conference, leading one to wonder if they each always travel with a case of brewskis—just in case.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on April 5, 2013 09:01 AM
HP board shakeup and chairman exit gives CEO Meg Whitman a chance to shake off troubles.
BP faults Deepwater Horizon claims overseer, launches first brand-wide fuel loyalty program.
BMW prepares X4 crossover for U.S. market, makes vehicles greener with fewer cylinders, less gasoline.
Al Jazeera America hires CNN's Ali Velshi as anchor.
Amazon's Jeff Bezos leads $5 million investment round in Henry Blodget's Business Insider.
Apple reportedly signs music labels for streaming service as Google's YouTube clinches deal with Universal Music.
Best Buy may have turned the tide on showrooming Amazon.Continue reading...
brand and bottle
Posted by Dale Buss on March 29, 2013 06:56 PM
Heineken marketing and design types are huddling these days to prepare for the final phase of this year's annual Your Future Bottle Design Challenge. A team of brand people and design experts are planning to select a single winning bottle design at Milan Design Week next month as Heineken uses the second consecutive year of the crowdsourcing initiative to mark the company's 140th year in the beer business.
The brand also is fielding new advertising videos under its two-year-old "Open Your World" campaign, unveiling a new multi-media advertising effort called "Get in the Game" around rugby's Heineken Cup tournament in Europe, looking for volume gains in central and eastern Europe by positioning Heineken as a "five-minute luxury," and enjoying a new designation as the winner of a "Digital IQ Index" for beer brands.
Heineken seems to be all over the place—all over the world, really—with these new branding efforts and mini-campaigns, which of course is the idea.Continue reading...
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...
Posted by Dale Buss on March 12, 2013 09:09 AM
Alibaba names next CEO.
Denny's cancels franchise deal in China.
Google shows off sample apps for Project Glass a SXSW.
American Airlines and U.S. Airways prepare for merger bumps.
Apple and Samsung values soar.
Barney's New York rebrands Co-op stores as regular Barney's.
BlackBerry stock jumps on Lenovo takeover interest rumor.
BMW to build sub-brand for China.
Boeing sees investigators focus narrowly on batteries in Dreamliner probe.
China's Spring Airlines adds cars to in-flight sales offering.Continue reading...
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...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on March 1, 2013 05:02 PM
Get Your Sam in a Can
The Boston Beer Company has announced that starting this summer, Sam Adams beers will be available in cans. The move allows Sam fans to take their favorite craft brew to locations where glass bottles are prohibited, such as the beach, concert venues and sporting events. The transfer to cans will also save the brewing company a ton of money in shipping, as cans weigh less and are more compact than glass bottles.
Scientists Checking Out Watered-Down Bud Claim
Consumers have filed several class-action suits this week against the world’s largest brewer, AB InBev, claiming that the company had knowingly watered down some of its products and lowered the stated alcohol content of those products. NPR took a team of scientists to the task of figuring out if the claim was true, according to The Consumerist. In the final analysis, the scientists found that the stated alcohol content on the cans came pretty dang close (and often spot-on) to what was actually in the can. The plaintiffs’ lawyer, of course, “dismissed the results and said as soon as he has AB InBev’s internal testing results, the case will be good to go.”
AC/DC Releases Rock 'n Roll Brew
Legendary rock band AC/DC has launched its own beer, now on shelves in Germany. The brew—AC/DC Premium Lager Beer—has a 5 percent alcohol content. The canned beverage, with the tagline "German Beer, Australian Hard Rock" will soon be available in Romania, Russia and Brazil. The launch follows the release of the band's own wine label last year.