Jim Beam Apple Presents Wearable Whiskey

Jim Beam reached tech-loving millennials at a true passion point

Wearable whiskey? Yes, please

Jim Beam Apple appeals to legal-drinking-age millennials. Millennials obsess about technology, and Jim Beam Apple’s key fall season coincides with major product rollouts and innovations. So, in order to take advantage of a moment when our target drinkers were paying attention, we created the Jim Beam Apple Watch, a stylish timepiece that doesn’t actually tell time – but does put a shot glass on your wrist. To promote it, we created a pitch-perfect parody of a product-launch video and made a limited number of the brushed-steel watches and listed them for sale at Jim Beam’s online store. And, of course, we told influencers and media, targeting leading outlets in the technology, men’s interest, food-and-beverage, business and entertainment verticals as major fall tech events approached.

And it was an instant phenomenon, generating more than 70 placements and 263 million entirely-positive media impressions in less than a week. Not surprisingly, all that traditional-media attention fueled significant chatter online, where there were more than two million video views, nearly 5,000 social posts and a total social reach of 51 million. And, not surprisingly, all that buzz prompted quick sellouts at the Jim Beam Store. 


Aming the highlights: Mashable did a full-on, raving product review, and Fortune called it a “marvel of branding,” declaring: “I cannot but stand upon my soapbox, and declare the Jim Beam Apple Watch the Greatest Product Ever.”


2017 Shorty Awards: Gold Distinction, Best in Physical/Digital Convergence
2017 Shorty Awards: Audience Honor, Best in Physical/Digital Convergence

2017 Shorty Awards: Finalist, Best in Food & Beverage

2017 North America SABRE Awards: Winner, Product Media Relations  
2017 Innovation SABRE Awards: Winner, Social Media/Meme
2017 Innovation SABRE Awards: Finalist, Content Creation for Media Sites
2017 Innovation SABRE Awards: Finalist, Brand Videos 

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