With the start of the NFL season in swing and Oktoberfest starting in Germany this weekend, it is time to dedicate a #SundayMusings to beer. It has been a long time coming and will also be part of next weekend’s “Loyalty to Brands”. Here are a few stories that caught my attention in recent weeks across beer brands.
#1 – “Guinness raises a glass to Denis Leary’s Firefighters Foundation with $224K donation” via IrishCentral.com
Premise: Guinness has donated just under $224K to actor/comedian Denis Leary’s Firefighters Foundation, in support of firefighters nationwide. The relationship between the beer brand and Leary has been going on for a couple of years now, with Guinness giving back to the community in a very noble way. For more information you can visit GuinessGivesBack.com.
Thoughts: The first thought for many when asked about Denis Leary may be a foul-mouthed comedian or the star of Rescue Me. However, he does a lot of good through his foundation, the genesis of which comes from an unfortunate life event.
Kudos to Guinness for continuing the relationship not only through its donations, but continued PR and ad support behind the cause as well.
#2 – “Bud Light and Google Partner To Win Football Fans On The Second Screen” via prnewswire.com
Premise: Bud Light, the official beer of the NFL, is partnering with Google (and YouTube) to market its product to those using a second screen during football. Whether you are searching for scores or fantasy football updates online, you are likely to wind up seeing some type of marketing effort from Bud Light.
Thoughts: Bud Light is working with 28 of the 32 NFL teams, having created a unique can for each of the 28. I actually saw a good amount of responses from Bud Light’s Twitter feed, as they replied to many NFL fans across teams with quick GIF files of that respective team’s Bud Light can. Needless to say, Bud Light is listening and taking content marketing to another level through its online channels.
Premise: Miller Lite is partnering with various transit systems and communities to give away free rides to promote safety and to prevent drunk driving with this site.
Thoughts: How do you build saliency when your number one competitor has the national partnership with the most prevalent sports league in the US? You do a little good for society. The program has provided almost 5 million free rides to date.
I noticed this on Twitter as well, when Miller Lite was promoting the program for the Eagles and Cowboys game from Week 1 and thought it was a fantastic program that deserved more attention.
Tweet of the Week:
— München (@muenchen_de) September 19, 2015
While there are Oktoberfest’s held all over the world, nothing compares to the one that started last Saturday in Germany. Bucketlist …
That’s it for this week’s #SundayMusings! What is your favorite beer and why?