Guinness and Google Earth create virtual world game

Diageo has launched the latest phase in the repositioning of its flagship Guinness brand by partnering with Google Earth to create a virtual game.

Diageo has launched the latest phase in the repositioning of its flagship Guinness brand by partnering with Google Earth to create a virtual game.

“Guinness World” gives users a chance to create their own online world from scratch and ties in with the recently launched “Bring it to Life” positioning.

Users can choose a virtual area of land and create their own terrain, which can then be co-built or shared with friends. They will also be encouraged to bring their planet fully to life by inviting friends to participate using Facebook connect.

The digital activity comes a month after the launch of a new television campaign for the brand, which shows a group of men creating a new lush landscape on barren terrain, with the accompanying strapline “Bring it to Life”.

Diageo aims to reposition the Guinness brand as a drink to be enjoyed in group situations at home as well as in the pub to tap into the growth in at-home drinking.

The campaign has been created by AMV BBDO. The agency’s executive creative director Paul Brazier says: “Google Earth was the obvious starting point for the campaign. The challenge was to bring an imaginary world to life in the browser window.”

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