O’Neill partnered with Wear Cape to create awareness for their 2021 life jacket range and water safety. Popup beverage stands were installed near boat jetty sites and yacht clubs, giving away a free new beverage (actually sea water!) we called “emevas” (‘Save Me’ spelt backwards).
Key influencers were employed to act as passers-by, invited to sample a ‘fresh new beverage being tested for water sport enthusiasts’. They were not told the beverage was actually sea-water. Written on the cup were the words ”the taste of drowning”.
The prank created powerful footage that went viral on social media, seeded by the participating influencers.
Results: Lifted brand consideration by 48%. More than 2.9 million views. Australian online search for the brand up 34%.