Heineken Skypecasts Concert

Unlike Webcasting, Technology Allows Two-Way Conversation

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Brand: Heineken
Brand Owner: Heineken
Category: Drinks (alcoholic)
Region: Netherlands
Date: September 2006
Agency: Qi-Ideas
Media Owner: Skype
Media Channels: Media first, mobile, public relations

Heineken is known for its innovative approach to marketing and like many brands it's active in the area of music. That activity includes sponsorship of music events and venues and it's always looking for new ways to get in touch with its target audience.

In recent years, it's worked closely with Qi-ideas to develop online innovation to help break through the clutter. Last September, it took that approach to a new level.

Internet telephony brand Skype introduced Skypecasting in August 2006, a new feature that allows up to 100 consumers to be in direct contact at any one time. Heineken on Sept. 8 became the first to host a live concert broadcast via Skype throughout the world. Dutch band Johan broadcast an exclusive acoustic gig to an audience who had won their right to participate via a contest on Heineken's website.

The great advantage of the Skypecast is that unlike a webcast, it's possible to have a two-way interaction with listeners asking questions and applauding.

While the gig only lasted a short while, the activity also created video content for the brand that could be viewed online for months after the actual event.

Heineken generated a host of free public relations placements from the global media first as well as garnering early learning about a new medium that could become an important channel in the future.

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