In 1994 Molson launched their most successful campaign to date. They played on a strong sense of Canadian identity and decided to build on the fact that up until this point Canadian’s were always mistaken for Americans. Molson devised the term “I Am CANADIAN” to differentiate us from Americans and to embed a sense of national pride while building brand emotion. This campaign turned out to be a success and in March 2000 under direction form MacLaren McCann Advertising in Toronto they launched their next promotion titled “The Rant”. This advertisement produced 8.8 million dollars in free media coverage and boosted their overall market share increased by 2% or 20-27 million dollars in sales for year following. Molson’s stock price increased 1.8% in the following year. The Rant revitalized the Molson brand by creating awareness in 19-29 year olds and single handedly established it self with the non-beer crowd and built a national sense oidentity in their brand. They sold the idea that by consuming their brand the “Average Joe” could party with scantily clad models on patios.
The Rant campaign that debuted during the Oscars after the blame Canada routine in 2000 and was watched by Find out how many people watched Oscars. This campaign produced much controversy after its initial airing. It was unknown wether this was a Pro-Canadian or Anti-American and never made it to air on American networks. Prior to The Rant campaign Molson utilized the tag lines “I AM Canadian” from 1994-1998 and from 1998-2000 to “Here’s where we get Canadian”.
Molson Canadian is a avid sponsor of all things Canadian. Wether it be the Molson Indy, Hockey Night In Canada, KW Oktoberfest or the Molson Canadian Rocks series. Molsons commitment to the community does not stop at just sponsoring events. It offers free bus rides during Oktoberfest to discourage drinking and driving. These events generate millions of dollars in free press but nothing has proved to be as successful as giving away free merchandise. Molson will occationaly include free t-shirts, golf balls and other items in their cases of beer.
Molson play on the carnal need of men to procreate. They launched a campaign where they double labeled bottles of beer with random pick up lines. The Marin Institute deemed these ads deceitful guides to luring women into bed. In a letter that molson received they cited that there is a direct correlation between alcohol and sexual assault. Post reciving this letter molson and its parent company Coors pulled the campaign to stay in line with the institutes codes of conduct. Molson’s intention with these ads was not to promote sexual assault but to take a humorous look at the interaction between males and females while consuming their “social beverage” and connecting the brand to their consumers respective lifestyles. This is not the first time the Molson-Coors family had been citied for poor taste in advertising. In 1997 they showed scantily clad, boxom women consuming beer. This was viewed as a direct attempt to target underaged drinkers.
Molson does not only target its male audience. A recent ad that ran in cosmopolitan showed...