Bud Light’s “Real Men of Genius” campaign--which set a new standard for funny radio ads--is being resurrected for the social media age.
The brew is rebranding the campaign “Internet Heroes of Genius” and running them exclusively on digital, including on streaming audio services Spotify and Pandora. Bud Light stuck to the same formula as the original award-winning campaign, which last ran in 2007 and paid homage to oddball jobs, like “Mr. Edible Underwear Inventor,” with laugh-out-loud copy lines.
The new version has fun with gigs spawned by the rise of the digital media. For instance, one spot (above) pays sarcastic tribute to corporate social media managers. “Shakespeare, Tolstoy, Hemmingway–of history’s greatest writers, only you have mastered the brand voice of a Twitter account for almond milk,” states the voiceover, prompting the kicker, done in song: “Sassy, but not too mean.” Another spot highlights Snapchat lens creators.