Monster Energy is running a promotional campaign gearing up for next month’s Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race.
Monster typically focuses on producing grassroots, longform-style digital and social content to support its sports sponsorships, and this 2:30-minute video uses that strategy.
The spot brings viewers to a late-night meeting between NASCAR drivers and Monster Energy representatives at Charlotte Motor Speedway, as Monster throws down major money for a future challenge. It leverages the million-dollar prize up for grabs at NASCAR’s All-Star Race to set a menacing scene. It was conceived, coordinated, directed and produced by the in-house teams at Monster Energy and NASCAR.
“The All-Star Race is a signature moment during our season and Monster Energy captured the excitement always associated with this race, while remaining authentic to its brand,” Jill Gregory, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for NASCAR, tells Marketing Daily. “Racing and edgy, fun content creation make up the core of Monster Energy’s culture, and we look forward to more collaboration on creative ways to introduce our sport to new audiences around the globe.”
The cast includes some of the biggest names in NASCAR (Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Ricky Stenhouse Jr.) and Monster’s family of athletes/ambassadors (MMA star/actor Quentin “Rampage” Jackson, Supercross champ Jeremy McGrath, X-Games medalist Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg).
The brand is extending the creative concept through the rollout strategy, including a Twitter conversation among the characters.
NASCAR and Monster Energy signed an agreement last week that will extend the entitlement sponsorship of NASCAR’s premier series. The extension keeps NASCAR and Monster Energy partners through 2019. As part of the agreement, the brand also continues as the Official Energy Drink of NASCAR.