Shift From Traditional Advertising To Digital Marketing
Digital marketing has helped many big brands reach wider audiences across different channels but for age restricted brands this has not been a smooth ride. State regulations about advertising to minors has prevented big alcohol brands like Patron from jumping on the digital marketing wagon. Social media, with its millions of under-age audiences was simply out of the question.
The traditional forms of advertising for brands, such as television and native magazine adverts are effective, but the recent successes of social media marketing has shown online channels to be even more effective for reach and influence. Facebook and Twitter allows age targeted ads, and alcohol brands are starting to realise the possibility of reaching audiences over the legal age of drinking. In 2015 alone, alcohol brands Pernod Ricard and Patron has increased their marketing spend on social media.
Alcohol brands sees potential in digital marketing
This year, Newcastle Brown Ale has launched funny Facebook videos targeted at California and Las Vegas markets. After eliminating spends on traditional advertising. Newcastle Brown has been using digital as their new channels of advertising. The brand realised the potential of digital marketing and turning viral videos into real sales. The change from mass advertising to hyper focused ones may prove to be the most cost effective.
Alcohol brands can scale local using digital marketing
Wanting to scale local and use programmatic advertising is something that Heineken does to push sales. ‘Open Your City,’ a series of 60 seconds music video, is the summer 2015 campaign used by Heineken to target cities New York, Los Angeles and Miami. Heineken also partners with Tubemogul, a programmatic targeted video player to direct ads towards very specific audiences. Targeting the right people is the most cost effective way for any brand to spend on advertising. Of course, brands have to fine tune for differences in geographic locations.
Periscope and forays into virtual reality
With 3.4 million fans on Facebook and 213,000 followers on Twitter, Patron is not a small brand on social media. However, it is the marketing on Meerkat and Periscope that has garnered Patron more attention. Patron gave audiences behind the scenes look on Periscope and a virtual reality story about the making of Patron has increased interest in the brand. In 2015, Patron increased their digital marketing spend by 30% with the help of Golin and Razorfish. Meanwhile, Pernod Ricard increased their company budget on digital marketing by 50% over the last few years and are putting age and geography targeted paid social ads to increase sales.
Location targeting with digital marketing
Geo targeted advertising is helping alcohol brands zone in on their desired audience. Made Real Vodka, a startup spirits brand in New York will use geo targeted ads to find their first customers. Far from being a fad that alcohol brands are taking part in, geo targeted advertising. virtual reality and age targeted marketing are signs of things to come in the alcohol retail industry.