Blue 449 wins Pernod Ricard media pitch

Arvind Hickman
By Arvind Hickman | 27 July 2017

Pernod Ricard has appointed Blue 449 to handle its media planning, buying and social, AdNews can reveal. Blue 449 beat incumbent Vizeum, Maxus and Atomic 212 to the business.

The account includes mainstream global spirits brands, such as Absolut Vodka, Chivas Regal, Jameson, Kahlua and Malibu, as well as a range of wines, including Jacob's Creek and Stoneleigh.

Pernod Ricard Australia marketing director Anne Martin said Blue 449's data-led approach helped it stand out.

“We had the opportunity to see some strong thinking from a number of leading media agencies but were most excited by Blue 449. They have demonstrated a data inspired understanding of our business, creative strategic thinking and implementation rigour, married to a transparent way of working.”

Anne-Martin-Pernod-Ricard.jpgPernod Ricard Australia marketing director Anne Martin.

Matthew Turl, head of client management at Blue 449, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Pernod Ricard Australia's exciting repertoire of brands. With Blue 449's open source approach to their business we have been able to blend the use of data with creativity and have been identified as offering the most progressive solution in a fiercely competitive category.”

In recent times, Pernod Ricard brands have not been huge spenders on traditional media channels, according to Nielsen figures, with an annual spend of $1.4 million reported when AdNews revealed the pitch in May.

This reflects a broader trend among booze brands to slash TV and print budgets in favour of digital and out of home, particularly for brands targeting younger consumers.

Industry sources estimate the total media spend when all of digital is included is closer to $6 million.

Pernod Ricard brands also invest in sampling, in-store marketing, venue promotions, influencers and experiential campaigns, such as Stoneleigh's living wine house - the backdrop for The AdNews Annual 2015.

Have something to say on this? Share your views in the comments section below. Or if you have a news story or tip-off, drop us a line at

Sign up to the AdNews newsletter, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for breaking stories and campaigns throughout the day.

comments powered by Disqus