LONDON: Unilever's Sure deodorant brand has created a tactical ad that plays on a new phenomenon in soccer, the referee's white spray, first seen by UK audiences during the World Cup.
The ad by DLKW Lowe references the white spray referees are using at the World Cup to stop the opposition from moving too close to the attackers during a free kick. The marks vanish after a short period.
The spray, which has been used for several years by South American soccer referees but never in the UK, comes in a lightweight aerosol can so referees can carry it around easily during a match.
DLKW Lowe has exploited the attention the spray is receiving in UK media by creating a picture-led campaign showing it in action, along with an image of a Sure deodorant can.
The ad’s copy says, "Some cans leave white marks. Sure doesn’t."
The campaign ran in newspapers including Metro, The Sun, and the Daily Star. It will also be propagated on social media sites in an attempt to reach a global audience.
"With World Cup football underway, the referee’s white spray has been the topic of many conversations. To join the populist conversation, we developed a topical press and online campaign that hero’ed Sure’s product Sure Men Invisible Ice," said a spokeswoman for DLKW Lowe. "It was a neat way to align Sure’s product positioning of ‘superior white mark protection’ into populist culture."
This story first appeared on the website of Campaign.