Hard Rock with Chris "The Birdman" Andersen
After spending $25,000/month on a marketing retainer with a different agency, Hard Rock Energy had very little to show for it.
Upon seeing a newspaper article about C&I Studios, they approached us, confident that we were the perfect fit for their company. Our primary goals for Hard Rock Energy were content creation and distribution, and establishing a well-known spokesperson for the brand. In a very short window of time, we had to deliver a full advertising plate of Graphic Design, Photography, and Video Production to market their new product nationwide.
Due to pitfalls with their former marketing agency, Hard Rock Energy had absolutely no product photos of their new energy drink collection, so that’s where we started.
Bold, seductive lighting was the main aesthetic for the product shoot. This, combined with a few tricks of the trade, made this simple product shoot POP! It was important to show that the three flavors coexist while also standing independently, so we photographed a diverse collection of their product in groups and individually.
Branding For A New Audience
Content is absolutely necessary, but it isn’t effective unless you place it in front of the right audience. So, in phase 2 we tackled distribution. The initial test markets were in Chicago and South Florida.
In order for our distribution tests to provide valuable information on Hard Rock Energy’s prime consumer-base, we needed diversity. In Hollywood, FL there is a very popular Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, so we placed select advertisements in this location. Chicago, Illinois, on the other hand, is only home to Hard Rock Cafe. We chose this location to see how consumers outside of the casino culture would respond to our ads.
We produced billboards to be erected on heavily-traveled highways in both locations, took out ad space in several major newspapers, promoted videos, and digital ads, and initiated online takeovers of news sites, all using the tagline we helped to develop, “Give Your Tastebuds A Break.”
Photographing Chris "The Birdman" Andersen
Finally, we wanted to make sure that Hard Rock Energy had a recognizable name attached to their brand. When they informed us about their relationship with Chris “The Birdman” Andersen, we knew he’d be the perfect fit.
We needed to produce enough content to last about a year so we developed multiple concepts for the upcoming photo shoot. However, working under such short notice meant that Chris Andersen was only available for two hours — one of which was consumed by local media interviewing him. What happened in that next hour was a flurry of activity, make-up artists, lights flashing, and models posing.
In the end, we pulled it off! Generally, one hour is not nearly enough time to allow for a wide array of concepts, but we were able to work within the constraints and provide a superior plate of marketing materials for Hard Rock Energy to circulate throughout the year.