Blog: Olly WehringGuinness classic ads are pure genius

Olly Wehring | 4 March 2009

We don't know how long Diageo has been cooking up its plan to release 'classic' (ie, used) Guinness adverts to mark the Irish beer's 250th anniversary in 2009.

But, it seems to us that the timing could hardly be better for the drinks giant.

As recession laps at the shores of some of Diageo's biggest markets, the group does not have to bother about the cost of producing a new Guinness ad campaign.

Instead, it has only to reach into an archive of Guinness promos.

Meanwhile, the punters are happy to take a trip down memory lane, such is the near-iconic status of Guinness adverts. Seriously, someone somewhere knows more than is healthy about Guinness ads.   

At the same time, Diageo is getting "more bang for its buck" because media rates have fallen in the economic downturn, by up to 20% in some cases in the UK and US.

Pure genius?


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