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Bud Light Brings Back Genius Campaign, Poking Fun At Digital Careers

June 26, 2019 Sarah Cavill

If you’re “Mr. Guy Who Used To Love Those Real Men Of Genius Bud Light Radio Spots” that ran from 1998 to 2007, then you’re in for a treat, because the commercials are back. The original campaign, called Real Men Of Genius, has been re-introduced by Bud Light as Internet Heroes of Genius. The new spots are airing on a mix of digital channels that align with the ad content, which pokes fun at the unique careers of digital “geniuses.”

The Good Natured Internet Heroes Of Genius Ads Poke Fun At New Digital “Careers” And Circumstances

The original commercials generally teased the stereotypically male tropes, like Mr. Really Bad Toupee Wearer, while the new campaign focuses on careers or behaviors more specific to the digital age. Among them, Corporate Social Media Manager, Video Streaming Login Sharer and Snapchat Lens Creator. In the spots, a voiceover offers encouragement to these genius men for their deft skill at writing social posts about almond milk or the bad luck of having shared all their streaming passwords with an ex.  The commercials are funny and relatable while the campaign is highly targeted across media channels.

The Dilly Dilly Ads Are Still Central To Bud Light And Will Not Be Replaced By The Internet Heroes Of Genius Campaign

The Bud Light Dilly Dilly campaigns, which relaunched during the Super Bowl prompting a response from competitor Miller Lite, will continue to be central to Bud Light’s marketing strategy.

“The core of Bud Light is always fun and connecting with young people, and we think this is a great way to do it,” said Conor Mason, Director of Digital Marketing for Anheuser-Busch, says about the addition of Internet Heroes of Genius to the Bud Light advertising strategy.

The Internet Heroes Of Genius Campaign Is Airing On A Mix Of Digital Platforms

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The theme of the individual commercials aligns with the platforms on which they are airing. “You can see how Snapchat Lens Creator fits itself perfectly for Snapchat. Person Who Sorts By New is very specific to Reddit. Video Streaming Login Sharer will be running on Hulu and some other video streaming platforms,” said Mason. And true to the original radio roots of the Real Men of Genius campaign, the new campaign’s spots are airing on digital radio throughout the summer.

Bud Light also launched a Twitter component to the campaign, asking users to share how they or friends are #internetheroesofgenius, and Bud Light already responded to several of the Tweets with funny one-liners similar to the Internet Heroes of Genius ads.

Bud Light’s new multi-channel campaign jokingly embraces the digital world, while targeting young consumers to potentially capture a different audience than its typical TV spots.

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Sarah Cavill

With more than 20 years of writing, editing and reporting experience, Sarah Cavill brings to Digital Media Solutions (DMS) a fine-tuned and diverse set of skills. Her work has been featured in notable publications including The Daily Muse, CBS Local, Techlicious and Glamour magazine. Sarah has a passion for current events and the deep-dive research that goes into the content development and brand identity of DMS Insights. In her role as Associate Content Manager, Sarah contributes to the pitching, researching and writing of multiple stories published each week surrounding digital and performance marketing innovations in pop culture, news, social media, branding and advertising.

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