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April 2010

Adina for Life Campaign Uses Proven Branding Methods

Adina beverages use monkey mascot and imprinted t-shirts to define brandThere's no replacement for real-world experience. 10 years ago, startup beverage brand SoBe made the right marketing choices, and the result was the acquisition by PepsiCo for about $370 million. Among many tricks, SoBe built a grassroots following with a heavy dose of branded promotional products featuring SoBe’s now iconic lizard logo.

Fast forward to today, and founder John Bello is at it again with new brand Adina Holistics. In a beverage marketplace crowded with sugary drinks, vitamin waters, and organic teas, Adina had a challenge catching the consumer's attention with the 90-calorie natural drink. Step one - creation of a memorable logo, one with possibilities to expand into the realm of mascot. Aiming to convey the brand's tagline of “Drink no evil”, and a product philosophy grounded in the benefits of Ayurveda -- a system of alternative medicine from India -- the team, in the end, chose a monkey. More than 100 designs were tried with focus groups. The early versions tried to convey calmness, but evolved into one with more character and energy.

With the new branding image firmly in place, it was time to build up demand. To get his line of herbal elixirs noticed, he is going back to his old tricks – namely giving away plenty of branded products. This time around, he is leveraging his monkey logo and sayings like “Drink no evil!” “At SoBe we gave away 400,000 T-shirts via our in-store offers over five years,” says Bello. Why do it again? “Simple logic: This is a consumer reward and continuity device.” Adina Holistics consumers can collect three under-the-cap “herbalisms” noted on tear-off pads to get a free “Show me the monkey” or “Got herb?” T-shirt.

The offer is “one point-of-sale piece that always gets put up because it is something that the store owner or manager is doing for the consumer; something for nothing compliments the store and the consumer gets a T-shirt as a bonus,” says Bello. “Most companies are too small or too big to make this happen. At Adina, it is job number one, all day, every day.”

So far, more than 5,000 shirts had been requested. “They are already being offered on eBay,” says Bello. Part of the trick is having cool giveaways and a cooler logo, says Adina Chief Marketing Officer Bruce Burke. “We have an icon that appeals to young and old. It goes beyond just the beverage and lends itself to promotional products. We know we have a very nice symbol for years to come.”

Kids Get Schooled About Community College

T-shirt caps off incentive program for text messaging contestThere can be a certain stigma attached to attending a community college. That's why Onondaga Community College (OCC) decided not only to revamp the image of its educational institution, but also to cast a kinder light on community colleges as a whole. They developed an integrated campaign that challenges people to “Rethink College.”

It conveyed this message using everything from prime-time TV spots to hip T-shirt giveaways. The goal of each ad medium was to drive people to the microsite Here people are invited to meet actual students and professors by clicking on videos and reading blog entries.

The two-year campaign kicked off with a 60-second TV ad. It aired in and around Syracuse, NY, for a month and then was followed by a 30-second ad during shows including Glee and Vampire Diaries. Billboards and social networking outreach supported the effort, as did OCC's first-ever sponsored T-shirt giveaway via a mobile text trivia contest.

Part of the TV buy was a series of 15-Second ads that featured trivia questions about OCC. Consumers could text the answer. “We wanted to give them something they would use,” says marketing director Aaron Hugo. “We picked long-sleeve shirts. We didn't overdo it with design. We tucked the logo on the sleeve. If it's cool they will wear it and get the message out there.”

A pop quiz on, which also dangles a free shirt, asked which famous actor got their start at a community college: Tom Hanks, Queen Latifah or Morgan Freeman. It is actually a trick question, as all three attended community college.

In the first three months, pulled in 8,000 visitors and 11,000 page views. Hugo says the campaign is resonating because, “It gives a raw, unfiltered 100 at college life. It allows the students and professors to sell the college in their words. Yes, there is a cost factor (namely, OCC is much cheaper than neighboring college Syracuse University), but we wanted to lead with the fact that the academics are strong.”

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