Course: 50121625 (Specialized and New Media Relations)
Assignment - # A 604 (PR)
Roll No – 489
Lifestyle Brand -- Red Bull
Campaign – Red Bull Stratos Mission Campaign
Red Bull can be called as a pioneer in the energy drink category
worldwide. In India too, Red bull was the brand that created the
energy drink category. The brand came into existence in 19887. Red
bull drink is a functional beverage. Thanks to unique combination of
high quality ingredients, Red bull energy drink vitalizes body and
mind. It has been developed for people who want to have a clear and
focused mind, perform physically, are dynamic and performance
oriented whilst also balancing this with a fun and active lifestyle.
Red Bull Startos Mission Campaign
Red Bull Startos was a space diving project involving Austrian sky
driver Felix Baumgartner. On 14th October 2012, Baumgartner flew
approximately 39 kilometers into the stratosphere over New Mexico,
United States, in a helium balloon. The total jump from leaving the
capsule to landing on the ground, lasted approximately ten minutes.
Reaching 1,357.64 km/h (843.6 mph), Baumgartner broke the sound
barrier on his descent, thus becoming the second human to do
without any form of engine power. Preliminary measurements show
Baumgartner also broke two other world records. With a final
altitude 38,969 m (127,851 ft), Baumgartner broke the unofficial
record for the highest manned balloon flight of 17,640 m (123,491
ft). He broke the record for the highest jump set in 1960 by retired
USAF Colonel Joseph Kittinger, who was Baumgartner’s Mentor and
capsule communicator at mission control.
Red Bull made significant advancements in terms of sponsorship,
marketing, and social media. The energy drink company that “gives
you wing” received international buzz for their latest campaign. The
story was not only covered by sportscasts but it was also the lead
story in several newscasts, which couldn’t write the story without
mentioning Red bull.
Many Celebrities and Athletes with millions of followers took to
social media, spreading the word about “red Bull Startos”, and
changing the customer mindset of purchasing red bull.
Main Objectives of the Campaign
Red Bull wanted to communicate the reasoning for Felix putting
himself in a situation that carried such risk. Rather than have it
merely be viewed as a PR/marketing stunt, they were tasked with
telling the story of Felix Baumgartner’s lifelong dream to break Joe
Kittinger’s record, as well as the beneficial scientific data that Felix’s
jump will provide for aerospace community. Felix became the first
person to break the sound barrier outside a vehicle, the kind of data
that yields doesn’t come around everyday so this will provide the
Startos team with insights that could be beneficial to aero space,
Aviation and emerging fled of galactic travel for years and decades to
come. Put simply, Red bull wanted this to be viewed as a something
beyond an CSR activity.
Red Bull Represents a new category of drinks, the energy drinks. In
this new market sector Red bull is perceived as a premiumhigh
margin brand product.
Price wise Red bull is in position in which it can command a premium
price because there simply is nothing to compare it with. It is a
unique functional drink, promising and delivering benefits no other
drink can offer.
The positioning policy of the company is : Premium product,
premium price and premium profitability. Red Bull has benefited
from pure marketing genius because it has created a category of its
own. It has defined its own positioning statement and will be known
for quiet sometime as the leader of the energy drink category. It has
positioned itself as a lifestyle drink that appeals to the extreme
crowd or those who love to live on the edge.
Analysis of the Campaign
While some brands are still trying to make the (outdated) distinction
between different media ecosystems- events, public relations,
product placement and the web. Red bull blew right past them and
pushed the limits of communication and science on Sunday, October
14th. Thanks to one little Red Bull with deep pockets, and some 50
million euros to back Red Bull Stratos, Felix Baumgartner became the
first man ever to break the sound barrier.
By pulling of the most expensive advertising stunt in the history, Red
Bull didn’t just break all the marketing rules; the Austrian skydiver’s
space mission launched the brand into the orbit, stirring the
emotions of nearly every person on the planet.
It was an astonishing display of the value of human endurance, of
adventure, investment and commitment. The fact that this mission to
the edge of space was funded and created by a brand is simply
Stratos was not a CSR project, but is far more than a marketing
campaign. While commentators have already waxed lyrical about it
as the very pinnacle of content, marketing experts believe that this
diminishes the scope of the achievement.
This is the purest example of the brand as a story; the brand itself has
Strategies Involved in the Campaign
Red Bull’s Successful campaign had many different strategies. Some
of them are:-
- They promoted the world’s records Baumgartner was trying
- His preparation for the jump.
- A website with information about the jump and the equipment
that was going to be used.
- Question period on Twitter.
- Post jump press conference.
- Contest to the public to guess where Baumgartner would land
after his jump.
- Former record holder Joe Kittinger is the primary consultant to
- The bond between the veteran record holder and his student
captivated their audience with story.
With such a creative campaign, Red Bull may have redefined
marketing strategies and set a whole other playing field by cutting
out all the noise and being unique.Red Bull took huge risks, had a
unique idea, invested in their idea, and took what it means to “be
extreme” to space, all the making of a wildly successful campaign.
Embrace a Sense of Purpose.
Red Bull Stratos has not only underlined the brand’s Authentic link to
extreme sport and innovation, it has also provided its employees
with a motivation bigger than selling energy drink for the rest of
Beyond Big Society: Do more than grow your bottom line.
Consumers may have expressed discomfort at David Cameron’s
vision of big society, but Red Bull Stratos raises difficult questions
about marketing taking off where government funding ends. Red Bull
has taken science forward and no one is questioning it. Whether you
agree that this will benefit NASA or not, there is no doubt that it is
fueling a passion for science. There is a huge opportunity for brands
to carry this shift forward if they can share knowledge or deliver
progress to society, whether it is through education or investment.
The main thing marketers can learn from Red Bull Stratos is that
things other than charitable links or association with good causes can
generate higher order of benefits. People can be equally inspired by
feats like this one, which may take them vicariously into self-
realization, courtesy of the brand.
Move Beyond ROI: Pitch for Emotional Impact.
Space exploration appeals to noble human interests: the desire for
adventure and a belief in the power of science. For a certain
generation Startos has become an “I was ther moment” which has
created “almost an unfair benchmark” for marketers.
While media coverage has focused on the volume of YouTube hits,
the true scope of Stratos acheivements, reverberate far beyond the
marketing fishbowl. In fact, Red Bull itself has blocked agencies
involved in the project from talking to the press because it doesn’t
want the event to be viewed as a marketing stunt.
Embrace Extreme Marketing.
Of course, not every brand has a fearless Felix to deliver moments of
greatness, but you cannot ignore the pace of change in the market.
Rewind to 2008, when Honda secured reams of coverage with its live
skydiving ad on channel 4. However, chances are you probably
cannot remember the ad, and it’s unlikely to grace the pages of
history for delivering anything other than PR for Honda.
With Stratos, Red Bull has in effect created a school of extreme
marketing. Red Bull has built credibility through its support for
extreme-sports athletes, the creation of current F1 champions Red
Bull racing and through building a range of events from the ground
up. In short, Red Bull could never be accused of simply badging
Behavior Trumps Brand Value.
The Stratos project also hints at a wider shift in marketing in the
digital age its is no longer enough to obsess over brand valuation and
image. Consumers are increasingly demanding brands to prove their
worth, a shift that has huge implications for marketers.
In an age of participation, brands are facing upto a fundamental shift.
Brands need to ask themselves what they do for people. It is bigger
than marketing from supply chain t distribution, it’s fundamentals of
a how business behaves. The world’s greatest brands have changes
consumer behavior nt just to boost their own bottom line, but
actively improve people’s lives.
Relating The Message.
The existing brand message of “Red Bull gives you wings” can
relate directly to the overall idea of the Red Bull helping Felix
go into space and make this jump
This synergy between the original message and the idea of the
jump created a stronger overall message.
The jump was not just for marketing purposes, scientific
information was gathered in the process on behalf of NASA.
Major factors that contributed to the success are:
Interactivity of event through social media
Brand association with major event (the jump alone attracted
Timeliness factor through connection with scientific research
and breaking world records.
Appealed to various audiences
Reached consumers through story telling technique where
consumers could follow the event from start to finish.
The estimated value generated for Red Bull is in the tens of millions
and Red bull Stratos will continue to be talked about and distributed
socially for a very long time. With a full length documentary coming
out later this year and its YouTube channel now topping 400 million
views and 800,000 subscribers, Red bull really is on the top of the
world when it comes to corporate sponsorships. The company made
a major consumer impression and reached millions of people
through one event.