An interesting commercial caught my attention when it aired on SpikeTV last night - it was a Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job-esque infomercial promoting a supposed new product from Budweiser call Bud Light Speaker Box. The product is purportedly a case of Bud Light (or "two-four", as my Canadian brethren would say) with a built-in speaker that you can plug your MP3 player into.

After it aired I went to YouTube to find the ad, but it didn't come up. Thinking there must be some mistake, I Googled it. No luck there either. All I found was one silent video of a rotating case:

video

Strange. Why would the ad not have been posted? I started scratching my head about this and did some digging. It soon dawned on me that something suspicious was going on with this product... mainly, that it didn't seem to actually exist. My Google results brought up tons of results, mainly of what appeared to be blog posts about the product. Thing is, I took a closer look at these blogs and I'm fairly certain they were set up by a marketing agency to hype the product. Examples:

ttp://momentumoffailure.wordpress.com/2009/07/24/hot-off-the-wire-the-bud-light-speaker-box/

Pic here, for when they no doubt remove the site once the campaign is done:


This "blog" has no other content on it besides filler... but VERY easy to miss if someone just pops in to look. Another example:

http://gizmosgadgetsnews.info/sports/bud-light-speaker-box-tailgate-approved

Pic here:


Gizmo and Gadget? Come on guys... but admittedly, pretty slick. I love the generic posts on the front page about the Honda Accord, Blackberry Storm and The Sims - all basically Wikipedia copy and pastes.

There are countless other fake posts about this thing - entire blogs set up just to promote this product, but written as if it was coming from independent bloggers. My favorite:

http://gourmetretailer.firstlightera.com/EN/Microsites/1/AnheuserBusch/BudLightSpeakerBox.htm

Pic here:


This is what APPEARS at first glance to be an online store selling the product, but as you can see, it says "Sponsored by Anheuser Busch" at the top. If you dig on the "Gourmet Direct" site you see it's all just AB product info. And no order link, which is most telling.

So at this point, I'm fairly convinced this reeks of shenanigans. I decide to download the "Product Sheet" offered on the Gourmet Direct page, and I get a Powerpoint deck with two slides in it, talking about the product. I decide to do some meta-digging... I wanna know who created this and I quickly find out by checking the document creator info. Turns out it was a gentleman named Greg Litwicki, from Shaw Company. A quick trip through Google lead me to this page:

http://www.shaw-company.com

Not surprising to find out that Shaw is Anheuser-Busch's advertising/marketing company (one of them at least). Please keep in mind that all this proves is Shaw created the Powerpoint deck for AB - but it certainly seems to suggest that this is a larger marketing initiative cooked up by Shaw.

I must say, this is a very well-executed campaign, as it is certainly not obvious. My hat is off to Shaw Company, if they are the ones to have come up with this... The real question is, will the Bud Light Speaker Box ever actually come out? Perhaps this is all pre-marketing to build hype around the product for football season. More likely: the product doesn't actually exist and this is simply to generate buzz for Bud Light. Interesting concept - promote a product that doesn't exist, get people into the store, and they pick up a case of Bud Light anyway. Nice.

Request for Shaw or AB: Please post the commercial on YouTube. I need it to fulfill my original goal: demonstrate the incredible influence of Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job on mainstream media. Thanks. Appreciate it.

7 Responses to 'Bud Light Speaker Box - elaborate hoax or upcoming product?'

  1. Anonymous said...
    http://mikeamin.blogspot.com/2009/10/bud-light-speaker-box-elaborate-hoax-or.html?showComment=1256682938835#c4481928901693692730'> October 27, 2009 at 6:35 PM

    Your a dumb moran!

     

  2. Anonymous said...
    http://mikeamin.blogspot.com/2009/10/bud-light-speaker-box-elaborate-hoax-or.html?showComment=1256754922080#c3310995721100081260'> October 28, 2009 at 2:35 PM

    I have also been looking around for the Bud Light Speaker Box - I did find a video (looks like it was shot from someone phone, poor quality) but it does indeed detail the speaker box! Thanks to the guys who shot it and posted it. Now I just need to track speaker box's down!!

    http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&VideoID=64156642

     

  3. Anonymous said...
    http://mikeamin.blogspot.com/2009/10/bud-light-speaker-box-elaborate-hoax-or.html?showComment=1256756035781#c2265034977366544785'> October 28, 2009 at 2:53 PM

    Here's a photo I was able to find - looks killer!

    http://twitpic.com/m2r1p

     

  4. Anonymous said...
    http://mikeamin.blogspot.com/2009/10/bud-light-speaker-box-elaborate-hoax-or.html?showComment=1256769338887#c7389170740085162296'> October 28, 2009 at 6:35 PM

    My pants are getting tight looking at the speaker box. Bush party!

     

  5. Anonymous said...
    http://mikeamin.blogspot.com/2009/10/bud-light-speaker-box-elaborate-hoax-or.html?showComment=1256859469134#c3858062326829408646'> October 29, 2009 at 7:37 PM

    Way to go Bud Light looks like a good concept! Just wish we could find one of the damn things. We live in Southern Cal and I have called almost every 7 eleven but no luck yet.

     

  6. LLedslinger said...
    http://mikeamin.blogspot.com/2009/10/bud-light-speaker-box-elaborate-hoax-or.html?showComment=1260134431951#c8633953099423858642'> December 6, 2009 at 4:20 PM

    If it is such a hoax how is it I have 2 of the Bud Light Speaker Box's. Editor of Gizmos and Gadgets http://gizmosgadgetsnews.info/sports/bud-light-speaker-box-tailgate-approved By the way you should examine a site closer before making accusations such as this! Gizmo and Gadget? Come on guys... but admittedly, pretty slick. I love the generic posts on the front page about the Honda Accord, Blackberry Storm and The Sims - all basically Wikipedia copy and pastes.

    "There are countless other fake posts about this thing - entire blogs set up just to promote this product, but written as if it was coming from independent bloggers."
    I have worked hard on this Blog and I have a good reputation which might be harmed by your short sited evaluations. Hope it was just a mistake on your part and not intentional.

     

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    http://mikeamin.blogspot.com/2009/10/bud-light-speaker-box-elaborate-hoax-or.html?showComment=1347666479998#c309327611139776494'> September 14, 2012 at 7:47 PM

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