Four groups of friends are currently travelling across Europe paid by Bacardi to reach Murmansk, Russia. The project is called Bacardi Murmansk Route, the travellers have left early this month from the sunny Tarifa, they have more than 6.000 km to go across with only €1,400 each and a locked case with worthy and misterious content they will get to know only if they finish their trip. As Bacardi explains in the press release, it’s not a race, it’s not a competition, a homage to the travelers’ spirit of freedom. Each group has its own blog, where they post videos, comments and photos (see for example the blog of Gorka, Javi and Nuria). It’s definitely a project to highlight the aspirational side of the Bacardi brand, it looks interesting, and I’m sure it’s generating quite some PR buzz in Spain, but I can’t help thinking it’s way to last year’s Junior Lucky Bastard project launched by 55DSL.
Get your marketing message delivered directly into people’s ears, and do it in a (rather) cheap way. Just launch a podcast service, or if you dare just a little bit more, create your own online and mobile (!) radio station. Two recent examples of “audio marketing” (I know it a bad naming! any better idea?): - Amazon has just debuted on the Web with Amazonwire, a podcast featuring exclusive interviews with authors, musicians, movie directors and other people behind the products they sell (via Random Culture). - Bacardi has just presented BACARDI B LIVE Radio which will stream exclusive music content 24/7 through the Internet and directed to mobile phones across the world. On Mobhappy you find a good analysis of this idea.
Bacardi has abandoned its controversial Latin Quarter advertising and replaced it with an advert featuring ugly people. Media Guardian reports the new ad is a response to the criticism towards the idea of mixing sexy people and alcohol. Robert Senior, managing partner at Fallon, Bacardi’s new agency, explains:“The joy of the campaign is that consumers will recognise a bit of themselves and their best evenings.”
Mobile marketing agency Yoc has developed an sms-based interactive campaign for Bacardi. The initiative takes advantage of Tv spots on MTV promoting Bacardi’s parties. Sending an SMS with the word “Bacardi” German mobile users receive a password to log on Bacardis’ website and access music samples, free downloads and the possibility to win tickets for the “Ritmo de Bacardi” events. The website Bacardi.de has been developed by Argonauten 360.
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