Heineken Light Celebrates Consumers' "Occasionally Perfect" Experiences in New Campaign

Heineken USA Unveils New Heineken Light Advertising Under Global "Be a Man of the World" Platform

Jul 01, 2011, 09:15 ET from Heineken USA

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., July 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Heineken USA premiered new television advertising for the Heineken Light brand today, kicking-off a holistic summer marketing effort and debuting a new campaign under the "Be a Man of the World" platform. The film can also be viewed on Heineken's YouTube Channel and Facebook Page beginning today.

Rather than settling for constantly mediocre instances and routines, the campaign celebrates consumers and their "occasionally perfect" experiences. While every occasion is not right for Heineken Light, the beer is a perfect fit for those situations that call for something a little more unique, special and upscale.  

The integrated campaign, created by Wieden+Kennedy New York, was developed in alignment with the award winning, global Heineken Lager "Legends" ad series ("The Entrance" and "The Date") created by the agency's Amsterdam office.

"Our consumers formed an immediate and deep connection with the 'Man of the World' figures featured in the Heineken Lager films 'The Entrance' and 'The Date'," said Lesya Lysyj, Chief Marketing Officer, Heineken USA. "We worked closely with Wieden+Kennedy New York to ensure the Heineken Light ads inspired similar feelings of confidence and progressiveness while developing the creative to resonate with our uniquely American audience."

The first spot in the series, "Snakeskin Jacket," follows our Man of the World character as he encounters everyday situations where his fabulous snakeskin jacket may not be the most appropriate and goes completely unappreciated, such as playing golf or sitting at a boardroom meeting. Our hero's confidence and social prowess shines through, however, when he finds himself among a unique and eclectic crowd at a secret offshore charity snake-fighting event. Our character celebrates the moment with a Heineken Light, because this unique occasion is perfect for this particular beer.

"'Occasionally perfect' is a bold statement to make. It says Heineken Light is special, but in a really unique way," said Ian Reichenthal, Co-Executive Creative Director, Wieden +Kennedy New York.

The first film in the series, "Snakeskin Jacket" will debut on national TV July 1, and will be supported by an additional spot, "Moustache", in July. There are also plans to launch interactive consumer experiences to build equity and excitement in the marketing campaign, including the most aggressive trial program since the brand's launch; have one million people try Heineken Light this year.

To view "Snakeskin Jacket," online, visit Heineken's YouTube Channel here.

About Heineken USA

Heineken USA Inc., the nation's premier beer importer, is a subsidiary of Heineken International BV, which is the world's most international brewer. European brands imported into the U.S. include Heineken Lager, the world's most international beer brand; Heineken Light; Amstel Light, a leading imported light beer brand; Newcastle Brown Ale, the leading imported ale in the United States; and Buckler non-alcoholic brew. Heineken USA is also the exclusive USA importer for the Tecate, Tecate Light, Dos Equis, Sol, Carta Blanca and Bohemia brands from Mexico. For a safe ride home, download the Heineken USA-sponsored Taxi Magic™ application from your smartphone at taximagic.heineken.com. Please visit www.EnjoyHeinekenResponsibly.com.

About Wieden+Kennedy

Wieden+Kennedy, founded in Portland, Oregon, in 1982, is an independent privately held international advertising agency with offices in Amsterdam, Delhi, London, New York, Portland, Sao Paulo, Shanghai and Tokyo. A full-service, creatively led communications company, Wieden+Kennedy has helped build some of the strongest global brands – including Nike, ESPN, Honda, P&G and Coca-Cola.

Tara Carraro
Heineken USA