Tiger Beer expects great things in 2022, so it’s starting the year by kicking off a year-long, multi-market campaign in which Korean-born football star Son Heung-Min advises people to make the Year of the Tiger into the ‘Year of Your Tiger’.
The beer’s Global Brand Director, Sean O’Donnell, said during an exclusive interview with Campaign Asia-Pacific 2022 is a big year for Tiger for two reasons. First, the brand is celebrating its 90th anniversary. And second, 2022 will literally be the Year of the Tiger once the lunar new year begins on the 1st of February.
A new campaign under the brand’s long-term ‘Uncaged’ platform seems especially fitting since many people have been ‘supercaged’ for parts of the last two years, O’Donnell noted.
“We wanted to make sure that we we launched at the start of the new year, where people are starting to make their resolutions for the year,” said O’Donnell. “I think people are probably reflecting a lot on what’s happened over the last 24 months and starting to think, ‘What does my future hold?’ And so we thought it was a perfect time to share what Tiger believes in and really try to inspire consumers to step forward and take that next step to chase their big dreams for next year.”
The ‘Year of Your Tiger’ campaign that was launched on January 4th, which Son started teasing on his Instagram account earlier, has been in the works for about a year, according to O’Donnell, who has been in charge of the Heineken-owned brand for about 18 months following a storied stint leading Heineken in New Zealand (where he oversaw the creation of both ‘Brewtroleum’ and ‘I’m drinking it for you’).
The campaign comes from ‘Publicis One Team Tiger’ in Singapore, with CCO for global clients Ajay Vikram in the creative lead.
The film (below) was directed by The Sweet Shop’s Fausto Becatti, with Archetype in charge of PR and Dentsu International handling media.
As 2022 begins, Son is leading the South Korea team into the World Cup, and he has been dropping apparent hints about his ambition to win a trophy for his home country. In Son, O’Donnell believes Tiger has secured an ideal ambassador – one whose track record parallels the brand’s own history.
According to brand lore, back in 1932 when Tiger got its start in Singapore, expert brewers said quality beer simply couldn’t be brewed in an equatorial climate.
“But our brewers defied the odds, and we liken that story to that of Son,” O’Donnell said, citing the Tottenham Hotspur star’s journey from Korea to the world’s top leagues, where he is by statistics and general agreement the best Asian footballer in history (for example, he just won a Best Footballer in Asia prize for the fifth consecutive year).
“I mean, there have been Asian footballers who have played in the top leagues in Europe before, but no one’s had the impact that Son has had,” O’Donnell added. “He truly has transformed how football fans perceive Asian footballers.”
The campaign will roll out in all Tiger’s markets, starting with Asia, Oceania and Brazil, and it will run throughout the year.
“Our focus for Tiger is in Asia Pacific, but we’re also growing outside of Asia Pacific,” O’Donnell said. “We’ve got good growth in Africa and the Middle East, and we launched in 2021 into the Americas, in Brazil, which is one of the world biggest beer markets, and into Peru.” Football travels well into all these markets, and although Son has a global profile, the brand is also “looking to partner with other ambassadors, who we’re in negotiations with, across the rest of the year”, O’Donnell added further. “In all our key markets we’ll also be partnering with local influencers to share their stories, so that we can take it from a global level to a local level.”
The ‘Year of Your Tiger’ campaign aims to take the brand from “talking the talk, to walking the walk”, O’Donnell said. From a creative perspective, the brand is looking to be “way more digitally focused” and will be offering up “a whole lot more” interactive, experiential activity. For example, Tiger packaging will include QR codes for downloading and sharing content, and the brand will be more creative in its use of TV partnerships and out-of-home channels, he hinted.
TIGER BEER, The Heineken Company
Sean O’Donnell – Global Brand Director, Tiger
Melissa Teoh – Global Marketing Manager, Communications & Digital
Willem van den Wijngaart – Global Marketing Manager, Market & Channel
Hannah Nottage – Global International Brands, Craft & Cider Communications Manager, Heineken company
PUBLICIS ONE TEAM TIGER
Ajay Vikram – Chief Creative Officer, Global Clients Singapore
Henrique Zirpoli – Creative Director
Ivan Loos – Creative Director
Joaquim Laurel – Executive Creative Director
Rudy Zulkifly – Associate Creative Director
Diego Barboza – Associate Creative Director
Henrique Lamenha – Associate Creative Director
Breno Ribeiro – Senior Art Director
Daniel Tolentino – Senior Art Director
Shalom Wong – Senior Project Manager
Daniel Ho – Executive Producer
Jasmine Ho – Producer
Ed Booty – Chief Strategy Officer, Asia Pacific
Ali Rezgui – Global Strategy Lead
Laurent Thevenet – Head of Creative Technology, Asia Pacific & Middle East and Africa
Donatien Souriau – Executive Vice President, Global Clients
Angelina Tan – Business Director
Lins Khoo – Account Director
Vanessa Liu – Account Manager
Owen Waters – Deputy Managing Consultant
Brittany Lawrence – Account Director
DENTSU INTERNATIONAL (MEDIA)
JP Salustiano – Chief Strategy Officer
Production Company: Sweetshop
Director: Fausto Becatti
Executive Producer/Managing Director: Laura Geagea
Executive Producer: Penny Woo
Producer: Prim Viseshakul
Director of Photography: Julien Ramirez Hernan (Bangkok), Thomas Revington (London)
Production Designer: Suras Kardeeroj (Salem) (Bangkok), Theo Boswell (London)
Production company – Katapolt photographic management & production
Executive Producer – Adrian Appel
Producer – Becky Humm
Photographer / CGI Artist – Jean-Yves Lemoigne
Senior Print Producer – Jasmine Ho
POST PRODUCTION – Touch Digital
Digital Imaging Artist – Luke Hutchings, Liam Connell
Source: Campaign Asia-Pacific
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