FCB Reworks Original Coors

A new campaign for Original Coors that stars recently retired Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway was created by the Chicago office of Foote, Cone & Belding, whose San Francisco outpost has long handled the brand.
Coors Brewing marketing chief Bill Weintraub emphasized the FCB Chicago role came out of agency-wide efforts to brainstorm new ideas, and that Coors had not shopped the brand or thrown it into competition among the two units. FCB Chicago handles Coors’ top brand, Coors Light.
The Golden, Colo., brewer enlisted all its resources on the Original Coors brand after a campaign from FCB, San Francisco, unveiled at Coors’ national sales meeting in March was rejected by wholesalers.
That work aimed to overcome perceptions of Original Coors as a watery brew by calling attention to its full-strength 5 percent alcohol content, and calling it a “beer with altitude.”
The campaign moves away from that limited product focus to a more aspirational appeal. “What’s been missing for some years has been a handle or bar call,” Weintraub said. “It plays off what is unique and special about the brand.”
The $25-30 million campaign breaks during tomorrow’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game and will air on prime-time entertainment and cable and network sports programming. Spots show ESPN SportsCenter’s Dan Patrick at Mile High Stadium, recounting some aspect of Elway’s pro career, always with an unexpected twist at the end. The new tagline: “Be original.”