September 28th, 2012

Heineken Launches New “Star Bottle”

Happy National Drink Beer Day! Today is the perfect day to pop open a Heineken, and if you’re in New York, you may notice the bottle looks a little different. The new “Star Bottle” features Heineken’s core iconography but the shape and size have changed. The “Star Bottle” is available in 12 oz. and 22 oz. sizes and was released in New York State markets this month. The bottle is expected to launch country-wide in March 2013. 

(via PRNewswire)

February 15th, 2012

In order to celebrate their “Open Your World” campaign, Heineken has released this special, limited-edition collector’s Gift Pack as an homage to their Dutch roots, success in early New York City and ambitions for the future. 

February 1st, 2012

Heineken Launches Black History Month Initiative

To provide consumers a nationwide platform to showcase their artistic talents and pay homage to Black History Month, Heineken announced this month it’s second annual Black History Month Art contest. The brand will provide one lucky consumer a chance to win $5,000 and an opportunity to have their artwork featured in the 2013 Heineken Black History Month Advertising Campaign. The winning artwork will be featured across national print, digital, in-store point of sale, and out of home advertising during Black History Month in 2013.

Click here to learn more about the promotion!

October 21st, 2011

TE’s Industry: Liquor Brands & the Spirit of Social Media

Today, social media is built into every consumer-facing initiative. In this space, spirit brands are offered a direct link to the consumer via platforms accessed the most frequently: More than television, more than print, the public spends a bulk of its time at work, at home and on the scene, connected to Twitter and Facebook. Conversations develop and evolve on an ongoing basis in the social space, and it is the brand’s obligation to inspire, control and monitor the discussions surrounding their name and identity.

We can’t neglect or forget the fact that the driving force behind social media is not developing technologies but the experiences we have with friends and colleagues beyond the digital space. And this is precisely where liquor brands dominate. As we saw this past summer during the Heineken Red Star Access tour, users posted celebratory photos, created invites, promoted events and fueled conversations—all using the #redstaraccess hashtag. Another popular spirit-related hashtag is #henny. And today, the Hennessy Cognac consumer is the young, active male; steeped in culture and quite literally a “social drinker”. It should come as no surprise  that in 2010, the Pew Internet & American Life Project reported that of the Twitter audience, the most active users in the United States are men, between the ages of 18 and 29.

Today, micro-social communities like Untappd are emerging around the lifestyle of spirit. Committed consumers are checking in at their favorite bars, lounges and public houses, and calling out not only their drinks of choice, but their label of choice.

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