Tuesday, November 21, 2006

:: adgruntie :: Rolling Rock/A-B new spots

+ New Rolling Rock ads say "sorry".
Anheuser-Busch this week will start apologizing for decisions it's made since buying Rolling Rock from InBev USA in May. But it won't be apologizing for what some brand loyalists saw as the beginning of the end for Rolling Rock, when America's largest brewery bought the product line and moved production out of its longtime Latrobe, Pa., home to New Jersey. A-B will be saying it's sorry for advertising it never aired.

A broadcast, radio and Web campaign created by Goodby, Silverstein & Partners in San Francisco will relaunch the brand with a fictional battle between Rolling Rock's new owners and its core fan base over its fabricated marketing and advertising decisions. The campaign, which includes two Web sites, is centered on consumer complaints about ads that don't exist and never aired, sources said.

Ads will star a fictional bumbling A-B marketing executive apologizing for the ads and marketing decisions he's made. And consumers will have the opportunity to search the Web for pieces of the story--all the massive marketing mistakes the character makes and the offensive material--and pass them around virally, sources said. "His ads are way over the top," described one source. Two Web sites will offer the perspective from both the brand loyalists and the fictional marketing executive.

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