How Guinness World Records adapted its publishing model to fit the digital world

Sam Fay, SVP Global Brand Strategy at Guinness World Records talks to us about diversifying the business, the importance of social media and video to the brand, and dealing with declining book sales. 

Sam will be speaking at the Festival of Marketing in November about the brand’s progress in multichannel markets.

Alongside Sam’s thoughts on publishing and records, we’ve included some of Guinness World Records’ most shared video content, so you can relive those days of leafing through the annual as a child. Enjoy!

How five popular beer brands use Twitter ‘responsibly’

Alcohol advertising in the UK is subject to some of the most stringent rules in the world.

They place a particular emphasis on protecting young people. Alcohol ads must not be directed at people under 18 or contain anything that is likely to appeal to them by reflecting youth culture or by linking alcohol with irresponsible behaviour, social success or sexual attractiveness.

These mandatory rules, as independently regulated by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) apply across all media, whether offline or online.

Which brings us to social media. How does an alcoholic beverage brand successfully run a social media channel, full of appealing content and personal engagement while sticking to the right side of the regulations?

Lets take a look at some of the most popular brands in the UK.

10 innovative digital marketing campaigns from Diageo brands

Diageo’s CMO said recently that ‘all marketing is digital’ and that his company aims to embrace innovation.

The business currently spends 20% of its $3bn marketing budget on digital channels, though this doesn’t take into account the amount spent on content that is then shared and promoted through digital.

Diageo is due to announce its financial results tomorrow, so investors will be able to judge whether the digital strategy has started to bear fruit.

It also seems like a good time to round up some of the company’s most noteworthy digital campaigns of recent years, beginning with the viral success of Guinness’ latest TV ad…