Sometimes less is more: Guinness Clear

Case study

Made to a time-honoured recipe, 100% H2O, and available from all good taps, nationwide: Guinness Clear.

Our Guinness Clear initiative took a fresh approach to an important issue – raising awareness of the effects alcohol has on the body and encouraging moderate drinking. It brought together some of the most famous names in sport to highlight the importance of staying hydrated and in control – and it was a core pillar of one of our biggest and most exciting campaigns of 2019.

As title sponsor of the Guinness Six Nations Rugby Championship, and Official Sponsor of the Women’s Six Nations Championship, we knew we had a platform to reach the millions of people engaged by Europe’s premier international rugby tournaments. We used a significant proportion of our marketing investment to encourage adult fans to drink responsibly. Launched with a 30-second television ad that went on to win a Gold award at the Cannes Lions festival, Guinness Clear had a prominent presence at stadiums, including through teams giving water to fans. It reached over 21 million people in the UK and Ireland.

The campaign was a perfect example of our approach. Put simply, we do not see marketing campaigns and responsible drinking campaigns as two separate channels. We invest significant time and money in training our marketers so that all our campaigns deliver responsible drinking messages – because we believe it is both socially and commercially essential for consumers to ‘drink better, not more’.