#CannesLions2017: Striving for real brand purpose
Yesterday, 20 June, Diageo’s chief marketing and innovation officer, Syl Saller and global head of beer and Baileys, Mark Sandys spoke about the hits and misses they’ve experienced in striving for brand purpose. I’ll look at one of those hits.
Diageo believes that the millions brands spend on marketing should give marketers a voice to drive this purpose. “We as marketers can change stereotypes and make a difference to people’s lives,” says Saller. But in order to do this, the brand needs to unleash its creativity based on six core principles:
What difference can your brand make in the world, that goes beyond function?
What brand/product truth is your purpose rooted in? Why do you have a right to play in the space?
Do you have the courage to try and to fail?
Who is the right partner for the content you’re making or cause you’re driving?
Are you willing to stick with a purpose so that it is truly what the brand stands for?
Are you willing to invest in establishing what your brand stands for?
One of the most compelling examples that they showed highlighted the ‘credibility’ principle. The work from Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO is a Guinness’ ad that won a Glass Lion at Cannes last year. This award-winning ad challenged stereotypes by featuring Gareth Thomas, a retired Welsh rugby player who came out as gay. The reason for the credibility was that this ad was set in the brands’ heartland of rugby. Not only did this break stereotypes, it also grew brand share and sales, proving that brands can do good and make money.
The Festival of Creativity runs from 17-24 June 2017, with Cinemark the local representatives of Cannes Lions for SA. Visit our Cannes Lions special section for the latest updates!