Jim Beam is looking to engage with millennials on Snapchat to introduce them to Jim Beam Apple. Jim Beam has officially announced a new partnership with Snapchat, becoming the first whiskey brand to leverage the app for marketing efforts. Snapchat’s data shows they have 100 million daily Snapchatters watching videos on mobile devices. That’s a lot of eyeballs. Age targeting is always an issue when it comes to alcoholic beverages but Snapchat can do the targeting. They are able to target users by location and age groups.
Jim Beam branded video content, targeted exclusively at consumers of legal drinking age, will appear throughout various Snapchat Live Stories. The partnership and branded content will run in the U.S. through the end of October, coinciding with existing marketing efforts supporting new Jim Beam® Apple, Apple Liqueur with Bourbon – the latest flavored whiskey.
When Snapchat users watch select Live Stories – curated streams of user submitted Snaps from various locations and events – those 21 years and older will see vertical, video ads, viewable for 10 seconds, featuring the brand’s Signature Serve cocktail, “Jim Beam® Apple and Soda.” The cocktail mixes Jim Beam® Apple and club soda over ice, with a wedge of lemon.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Snapchat who provides us an excellent opportunity to create buzzworthy awareness to our fans on a relevant age-gated platform with significant reach,” said Andrea Javor, Senior Director Media at Beam Suntory. “We take pride in staying at the forefront of innovation, not only with our product offerings but also through our marketing efforts, and we consider Snapchat an excellent strategic partner to bring our crisp, refreshing new product to market.”
From a brand marketing objective standpoint, Snapchat is currently the fastest growing platform for the Jim Beam® Apple target – legal drinking age Millennials – and aligns with the brand’s priority on mobile marketing to connect with Millennial consumers where they’re consuming information. Jim Beam is also able to strategically drive contextual relevancy for the new apple-flavored whiskey through the partnership by inserting the brand into specific Snapchat Live Stories that connect with refreshment occasions.
In addition to Snapchat, Jim Beam is marketing with the execution of a three-dimensional (3D) sound program for on-premise sampling and trial in key markets across the country. The interactive experience features audio content, which walks fans through the experience of making and enjoying the new Jim Beam Apple and Soda cocktail through depth and dimensional effects. The immersive 3D-sound interaction is expected to reach nearly 85,000 consumers at bars through 650 sampling events in 13 markets nationwide this fall.
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