Californians using Waze to navigate to the beaches, parks, sports stadiums or bars this holiday weekend are likely to see a Heineken ad—not for a beer, but for a free Uber ride.
The marketer today is launching a first-of-its kind anti-drunk driving campaign that will serve messages to Waze users if they enter a destination in the GPS-enabled mapping app that is likely to be a place where alcohol is consumed. The text “when you drive, never drink” will appear along with a spot drivers can tap to redeem a free Uber ride.
Beer companies have a long history of giving away free rides during holiday weekends. Molson Coors, for instance, often pairs with Chicago’s transit system to sponsor free train and bus rides on New Year’s Eve. But Heineken’s program breaks new ground by confronting drivers while they are behind the wheel. The marketer says it is the first alcohol company to partner with Waze.