Johnnie Walker, Smirnoff, and other brands are lighting up Facebook like lights on a Christmas tree.
Diageo brands are lighting up Facebook like lights on a Christmas tree. The liquor company's ads have been appearing on the social site with striking regularity, suggesting its multi-million dollar deal with Facebook in early autumn has gone full-throttle.
The ClickZ News team has spotted numerous Diageo ads in the last two days alone. Many encourage "likes" and often pitch holidays season copy for the following brands: Johnnie Walker, Captain Morgan, Smirnoff, Ketel One, Baileys, Tanqueray, and Jose Cuervo.
The ads seem to be aimed at Facebook users of drinking age who had "liked" other alcohol brands, as well as their friends on the social site. Norwalk, CT-based Diageo declined to be interviewed for this story.
Diageo certainly isn't the only spirits marketer to befriend Facebook. For instance, our team has also spotted holidays ads for Brown-Forman brands Jack Daniel's and Canadian Mist. Jack Daniel's also has been aggressive with social media ads for its Tennessee Honey product during the last several months.
Heineken, which has been running Facebook ads for its flagship product during much of 2011, is also buying holidays season inventory on the social site for its Dos Equis property. Last week, the Dutch brewer entered into a significant partnership with Facebook.
Lastly, if Diageo's claims are any indication of how Facebook ads perform, it's no wonder alcohol competitors are increasingly using them. In September, Diageo said an in-house five-brand study showed that Facebook ads were increasing sales by 20 percent. The company also stated its brands have seen Facebook likes/fans increase from a total of 3.5 million to 12 million in the last year.
Here are some of the holiday-themed liquor ads, including for Diageo, that have populated Facebook this week:
Want to learn more? Join us at ClickZ Live New York 2015
[ALERT] Super Saver Rates Expire January 30. With over 15 years of experience delivering industry leading events, ClickZ Live brings together over 50 expert speakers to deliver an action-packed, educationally-focused agenda covering all aspects of digital marketing. Quick! - Register today to secure your place at the best rate.
Christopher Heine was a senior writer for ClickZ through June 2012. He covered social media, sports/entertainment marketing, retail, and more. Heine's work has also appeared via Mashable, Brandweek, DM News, MarketingSherpa, and other tech- and ad-centric publications. USA Today, Bloomberg Radio, and The Los Angeles Times have cited him as an expert journalist.
Singapore, 5-6 March
Bangkok, 17-18 March
Hong Kong, April 2015
To help brands control how they appear online, Google has developed a new offering: Google My Business Locations. This whitepaper helps marketers understand how to use this powerful new tool.
82 percent of shoppers say they would buy more items from a brand if the emails they sent were more personalized. This white paper offer five tactics that will personalize your email beyond the subject line and drive real business growth.
January 29, 2015
1:00pm ET/10:00am PT