Summer may be over, but not for Tui and Corona as the brands set to go head to head in the surfer market. Playing the first move is Tui with a new campaign by Colenso, featuring a ‘From where you actually are’ billboard.
Corona is supporting the Piha Surf Life Saving Club in a bid to raise funds for the redevelopment of the facilities located at the popular, and unquestionably dangerous, beach on Auckland’s West Coast. To assist the fundraising efforts, Corona has arranged an auction of surf photography as well as launching a pop-up bar to quench beachgoers’ thirst during the summer months.
At the 2014 Cannes Lions there were over 3,000 entries into the activation category alone. And, anecdotally, at least, brands in this market are spending more of their budget on real-life experiences that can then be amplified with digital and social tools. Here are a few local examples.
In an effort to attach Corona to a laid-back lifestyle, the team at MC Creative in Australia has created a content room on the Australian and Kiwi homepages of Corona Extra that features blog posts and videos of surfers, skaters, musicians and artists visiting idyllic stretches of the world.
With the proliferation of smartphones, the meaning of the word mobile has shifted from its humble origins as a means by which movement is made possible to something that implies wireless interconnectivity. But this summer, several brands have decided to wind back the clock and give the phrase ‘brand mobility’ a retro twist.