Morning Update: Norway’s pro-gay Olympic ad; Sochi Beer fridge that only opens for Canadians

This is our Morning Update, rounding up international media and marketing news from while you were sleeping.

AdWeek: Norway’s Pro-Gay Olympic Ad Is Cheesy and Absurd, but Also Kind of Incredible

“Thanks to the country’s anti-gay laws, the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia have turned into a de facto platform for LGBT marketing. Earlier, we had the Canadian ad that said the two-man luge is ”a little gay.” Now, we have this crazy spot from Norwegian sports apparel retailer XXL.”

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Chinese beer brand Tsingtao celebrates ‘Tsingtaoism’ in Chinese New Year outdoor campaign

Chinese beer brand Tsingtao has attempted introduce a new word into the Australia jargon, “Tsingtaoism”, as part of a campaign aimed at making the brand more known to Australian beer consumers outside of Chinese restaurants.

The campaign, developed by creative agency Bloke, celebrates the belief in “Tsingtaoism” which they say means “the way of meeting people and making friends around the world” and “being social and enjoying yourself”.

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Beerenberg release special edition Ashes-themed tomato sauce

Ashes tomato sauceAdelaide-based jam, condiment and sauce producers Beerenberg have produced a special limited edition tomato sauce to celebrate Australia winning the Ashes.

The announcement:

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Carlton Dry shows audiences what it means to say #HelloBeer in new ads

Carlton Dry has launched a series of  ads created by Clemenger BBDO Melbourne to show audiences what it means to say “#HelloBeer”.

The 15 and 30 second ads feature four inventive housemates whose antics “are a celebration of everything the brand represents – kicking back with mates and having a good time”.

CUB general manager Carlton Dry, Andrew Meldrum said in a statement: “The Carlton Dry brand is about fun, and the ‘Hello Beer’ construct is about welcoming the possibilities that exist when mates get together and get a bit inventive.

“This summer we’re taking the campaign from stills into moving pictures which will help to broaden our presence in digital, cinema and TV.

“We think the spots have a fresh, fun feel and we hope our drinkers will relate to some of the scenarios. Perhaps upside down dancing will become mainstream? If so, our apologies.”

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Morning Update: Sept 19 – BBC Newsreader gaffe; NZ branded beer prank; Twitter’s fake users to be revealed

This is Morning Update, our overnight wrap up of the international media and marketing news. 

Buzzfeed: BBC Newsreader mistakes photocopier paper for iPad live on air - an amusing gaffe by a presenter gained social media traction overnight.

“BBC News presenter Simon McCoy made a bit of an error this morning, mistaking a pack of photocopier paper for his iPad.”

International Business Times: Branded beer prank goes viral - a sponsored stunt by an New Zealand brewer has gone global in recent days.

“A New Zealand-based beer company, Tui, sponsored a prank pulled off by a group of buddies.” Read more »

Schweppes campaign creates a pub with no beer

Slim Dusty might have sung about a pub with no beer but a stunt for Schweppes tests what happens when the owners switch off the beer taps off in a 100-year-old Australian pub.

The campaign features locals who aren’t initially impressed to learn that they have to go to cocktails.

Created as part of the Schweppes “Cocktail revolution” campaign by GPY&R Melbourne the “Pub with no beer” is a three part online series that shows the reaction of patrons to being told there is no beer. Read more »

Lionel Richie appears in Tap King ad to ask: Hello, is it beer you’re looking for?

Entertainment icon Lionel Richie performs his classic hit Hello from the back of a fridge in a new ad for Lion Nathan’s Tap King.

The 60 second TV commercial for Tap King created by BMF shows a man opening the fridge longing for refreshment when Richie’s classic hit starts to play. Then as he looks closer, Richie appears at the back of the fridge playing ‘Hello’ on a white piano. Read more »

Sexualised potatoes, racist cavemen and Aryan beer ad complaints dismissed by ASB

Sexy potatoes, a caveman transformed by an electric razor, Big W, Coca-Cola and Pure Blonde are among the brands to have generated complaints rejected by the Ad Standards Board.

In the Pure Blonde ad created by Clemenger BBDO Melbourne, a crowd of blondes dressed in white fill the empty streets of Budapest creating “river of blonde” some viewers found racist. Read more »

Carlton Draught AFL app offers prize of a year’s supply of beer

Carlton Draught footy appCarlton Draught has unveiled a footy betting app that gives AFL fans the chance to win a year’s supply of beer.

Aimed at “the more casual tipper”, the Carlton Draught Pick – which is downloadable from iTunes or Carlton’s website - is the only footy tipping app where players don’t have to bet every round to win the top prizes, the app’s creator Clemenger BBDO Melbourne says.

As well as “a year of beer” – two cartons, or 48 stubbies, a month for 12 months – tipsters can win tickets to the AFL Grand Final.

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FitzSimons claims he didn’t know his column was a beer ad

Marsh's column, sponsored by James Boag's

Marsh’s column, sponsored by James Boag’s

A brand-funded content campaign for beer brand James Boag’s has seen the first two authors of the sponsored Good Weekend column go public to say they were unaware their work would be presented as an ad.

The column – “on how to be a better man”  - appears within the pages of Good Weekend magazine, published on Saturdays by The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. It appears under the headline “Greatness rarely comes easily”, which is the new Boag’s slogan. It also features the Boag’s logo above and below the content.

Boag’s registered the slogan as a trademark four months ago.

The first column featured former adman Nigel Marsh, the author of Fat, Forty and Fired. The second was from regular Fairfax Media columnist Peter FitzSimons.

Yesterday, FitzSimons took to his regular Saturday sports column, The Fitz Files, to distance himself from his contribution in Good Weekend the previous week. He told readers in an item headed “Clarification”: Read more »

Carlton Dry launches ‘Hello Beer’ outdoor push

In the latest chapter of its ‘Hello Beers’ series, Carlton Dry has launched an outdoor campaign to show what can happen when men get together for a beer.

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Carlton Draught ‘Beer chase’ makes list of world’s best TV ads

An Australian ad has made a list of the world’s best TV ads of 2012. Read more »

Sol Beer sponsors Vevo Go Shows series

Mexican beer brand Sol has signed on to be the exclusive sponsor of digital music portal Vevo’s new video series Vevo Go Show.

The Vevo Go Shows, produced by MCM Media, feature musical acts in unexpected locations around the country, recorded and broadcast across Vevo’s various platforms.

Production on the series begins next week, to run for four months, and will see the beer involved in all elements of the show, such as performance, interviews and behind the scenes footage. Read more »

Bavarian Beer Café invites Australians to celebrate their inner Bavarian

Bavarian Bier hipster
A new campaign for hospitality chain Urban Purveyor’s Bavarian Bier Café brand mocks hipsters and fashionistas and asks them to release their inner Bavarian.
The campaign – created by Profero – will run across radio, experiential, outdoor and Facebook during the annual German beer festival Oktoberfest.
Consumers will be asked to upload photos of themselves to an online gallery to go into the draw to win a bar tab at a Bavarian Bier Café.
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Clems’ Carlton Beer Chase ad races home to win ad of the month

carlton beer chaseThe latest in the series of ‘Made From Beer’ ads from Clemenger BBDO Melbourne for beer brand Carlton Draught has romped home as the winner of August’s ad of the month, as voted by Mumbrella’s readers.

The ad is an elaborate spoof of seventies’ car chase movies and features a gang of Aussies stopping off for a beer after a bank robbery only to discover the pub is full of cops. A chase on foot ensures, during which the gang hang on to their beers, spilling barely a drop while evading capture. The ad features Stan Bush covering the poodle-rock classic “Thunder in Your Heart”. Read more »

From beer to baby whisperers: Mumbrella’s ad of the month

The contenders for August’s Ad of the Month include Carlton’s big Beer Chase ad, Dame Edna’s cameo for Jarrah, a retail ad for Ikea and the new campaign for Nutella. Also shortlisted are the deluxe ad for Foxtel starring Chris Hemsworth and a branding ad for the Australian Nursing Federation.

The shortlist for August’s ads is based on self nominations, Mumbrella’s own selections and reader submissions. The winners are decided by Mumbrella readers who vote by taking part in the survey at the bottom of this item. The deadline for voting is next Monday 17th September.

Campaigns are eligible whichever screen format they first ran on including TV, cinema and the web.

The shortlist for August’s Ad of the Month: Read more »

RSL hires agency to reverse falling membership, ‘We’re not just a bunch of old blokes who drink beer on Anzac Day’

RSL: dwindling membership

Adelaide agency KWP! has been hired by the South Australian Returned & Services League to help the organisation reverse falling membership numbers.

KWP! takes on a brief to first research and later improve the community’s perception of the organisation.

RSL believes that the fall in membership is a result of people not being informed of its activities.

New RSL State President Brigadier Tim Hanna said: Read more »

VB returns to full strength and says sorry to customers ‘for tinkering with their beer’

Carlton & United Breweries is running full-page ads in the national press today to apologise for reducing the strength of its most popular beer, VB.

The ad is to run in News Limited papers the Daily Telegraph, Herald Sun, Courier Mail, Adelaide Advertiser and the West Australian – the first time an ad has run on page five in all of these papers.

The ads take the form of an apology letter from the CEO of CUB, Ari Mervis, which begins: “A few years ago, we made several changes to the recipe of your favourite beer. We altered the brewing process and we got it wrong.”

The brand has restored the strength of the beer from 4.6% to 4.9%, changed its name back from VB to Victoria Bitter, and reintroduced the old packaging and the tagline ‘For a hard earned thirst’. Read more »

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