In the old days, wine was called ‘claret’, ‘ChÃ¢teauneuf du Pape’ or ‘GewÃ¼rztraminer’. Then, in the Seventies, branding poked its nose in and foisted Blue Nun on an unsuspecting public. These days, benighted drinkers can quaff Old Git, French Connection and the latest addition to this unholy canon, Jack Rabbit. A range of Californian wines comprising a merlot, a white zinfandel and a chardonnay, it represents a welcome departure in a market saturated with, er, Californian merlots, white zinfandels and chardonnays. At least it has a nice name, and is ‘underpinned with light-hearted copy’ such as ‘Hop off and fetch some glasses’ and ‘Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit’. The Diary could suggest others (‘Experience myxomatosis – get blind drunk’, or perhaps ‘Rabbits eat their own faeces’), but that would be mean.
At the end of every week we look at the key stories, offering our view on what they mean for you and the industry. From the government’s call to cut marketing in order to slash prices, to the business case for D&I, it’s been a busy week. Here is my take.
The regulator is “scoping a range of options”, as it looks to balance the interests of viewers with the need to help UK broadcasters compete with the likes of Netflix and Disney+.
Entertaining consumers with advertising is “really important” for effectiveness at Direct Line, the brand’s head of marketing says as the insurer launches the latest ad under its award-winning ‘We’re On It’ platform.
Despite going live with campaigns on the same day, marketing boss Simon Groves insists Virgin Media O2 is on a mission to differentiate between the two “distinct” brands.