As St Patrick’s Day parades the world over were cancelled this year due to coronavirus, a new film from Guinness acknowledges that this year “things feel different” but adopts a keep calm and carry on approach. the ad points out, Guinness has played a pretty central role in St Patrick’s Day celebrations throughout the black stuff’s 260-year history.
Here the brand is suggesting that it can this year too, just in very different circumstances. And as for the parade? “Don’t worry, we’ll march again” says the voiceover. However you choose to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year, stay safe and be good to one another. Guinness today is committing $500,000 through their Guinness Gives Back Fund to help communities where we live, work and celebrate.
Across the world, we have collectively been experiencing a huge crisis which has not discriminated. When so many business sectors have suffered as a result of Covid-19, marketing has understandably taken a battering. Budgets have been slashed as uncertainty has reigned. At the same time, for those who haven’t withdrawn altogether, brand messaging has felt like a tightrope for most, bringing a huge challenge of striking the right tone whilst putting out compelling content. Any brand message that could be seen to be exploiting the current situation has been met with negative consumer sentiment that could cause long term damage to brand equity. At the same time, many of the traditional ways of creating marketing content, such as tv production, have been severely restricted during lockdown.
Several notable brands have pivoted to practically help – from manufacturing hand sanitiser to donating free or discounted food to health-workers. These initiatives have rightly been applauded. But which brands have gone further in a way that is likely to make a long-term positive impact?
Celebrating best-in-class branded content
There are great examples of brands that have employed creativity, resourcefulness and thoughtfulness during this very challenging time. Content has always been the strongest and most effective way in which to engage people by providing genuine value, and right now this has never been more acute.
Whether it is to provide utility, as above, or to entertain, inform, educate or inspire, we want to highlight the very best branded content that has been produced during the lockdown period, across the globe. Stand-out campaigns are to be nominated from all active BCMA markets, and all BCMA members will have the opportunity to vote for their favourites. We will then publish the winners and promote them across local and global channels.
Why the BCMA is doing this
We are all united in experiencing this devastating pandemic, and it is so often out of adversity that creativity is borne. As the BCMA, we have a mission to promote best practice when it comes to branded content. And as a global organization, we have a unique opportunity to bring together the best examples from around the world to recognize talent and inspire other brands and content makers.