Ad of the Day: Coors Light Makes Masterful Use of 360° Video in Outdoor-Sports Ads

72andSunny's broader view of the beer's lifestyle marketing

If you were on the fence about whether to become a pro surfer this summer, Coors Light is out with a new campaign that might make you wonder why you ever hesitated.

The ads, created by 72andSunny, combine a couple of themes that are currently popular among marketers—appealing directly to millennials' perceived appetite for adventure, and the use of 360° video.

In the first ad, pop on a virtual reality headset (or just spin around with your cursor on the video's desktop version) for a stunning view of the ocean, shot at surfing hot spot Ship Stern Bluff in Tasmania, Australia, from the perspective of a dude or dudette catching a huge wave. Twist the camera to see the water towering above—imposing enough to be thrilling, beautiful enough to put a smile on your face.

Naturally, there's a cold beer waiting for you onshore.

"Every climb deserves a refreshing finish," reads the copy. "We all have mountains to climb; what's yours?" This is welcome clarification for a mixed-sporting metaphor that would've felt wonky if the footage weren't so charming. 

It's masterfully paced, with a slow crescendo in both the visuals and the soundtrack, building to a clear, splashy high point and making otherwise boring sports footage come across as surprisingly satisfying. 

Two more clips—one for whitewater kayaking, shot at Behana Gorge in Wooroonoran National Park in Queensland; the other for downhill biking in nearby Cairns—offer similarly fun rides, though the cycling spot is probably the weakest of the three (a precipitous drop in the kayaking clip, meanwhile, is simply too good). 

The campaign genuinely capitalizes on the 360° perespective. Many of the moments are exciting from any direction, making this a far better application of the technology than, say, inviting viewers to turn and face a Holiday Inn shower head just to avoid looking at Rob Riggle yammering in a yellow raincoat.

Other marketers have illustrated how VR footage can be useful for populations that can't be where they want to, for reasons ranging from illness or work obligations. But Coors Light's treatment captures how, for a broader audience, the technology can be a window into new experiences.

Whether that's enough to sell more seltzer beer to twentysomethings isn't clear, but there are worse ways for a brand to package its lifestyle. And while spurring adventure might be its purported goal, the approach also promises that, soon enough, nobody will ever have to go anywhere or do anything for kicks. 

Popping on a VR headset is way easier—and much dryer—than actually learning to ride waves.


Client: Coors Light

Chief Executive Officer: Gavin Hattersley

Chief Marketing Officer: David Kroll

Senior Director Marketing: Elina Vives

Director of Marketing: Ryan Marek and Brendan Noonan

Associate Marketing Manager: Jen Naye Herrmann

Agency: 72andSunny

Chief Executive Officer, Founder: John Boiler

Chief Creative Officer, Co-Founder: Glenn Cole

Executive Creative Director, Partner: Bryan Rowles

Executive Creative Director, Partner: Jason Norcross

Creative Director: Jed Cohen

Creative Director: Galen Graham

Lead Designer: Anthony Alvarez

Sr. Writer: Alberto Garcia Orte

Jr. Designer: Chris Ruh

Jr. Writer: Matt Fink

Executive Film Producer: Jim Haight

Sr. Film Producer: Perrin Rausch

Jr. Film Producer: Jamie Glass

Group Brand Director: James Stephens

Brand Director: Andrew Krensky

Brand Coordinator: Anthony Fernandez

Business Affairs Director: Christina Rust

Jr. Business Affairs Manager: Noah Winter

Group Strategy Director: Matt Johnson

Strategist: Eddie Moraga

Production: Unit 9

Executive Producer Unit 9: Luca Delaurentiis

Production/Editorial/Visual Effects: Rapid VR

Director: Dave Klaiber

Executive Producer: Susannah Dilallo

Producer: Rita Gagliardi

VR Technician: Dan White

VR Assistant: Bek Hawkey

Music: South Music

Executive Producer: Ann Haugen

Head of Production, Partner: Dan Pritikin

@GabrielBeltrone Gabriel Beltrone is a frequent contributor to Adweek.