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Hendrick's Gin | Magic From Mundane

Updated: Dec 22, 2021

The original press release for Hendrick's Gin's post-lockdown OOH campaign. A key summer campaign for Agency Space, I helped leveraged Hendrick's loveable brand world to land significant press in major advertising publications, fuelling the agency's post-lockdown marketing push.

Key Media Placement:

July 2021. As the nation begins to open, Hendrick’s Gin has launched a new Out of Home (OOH) campaign to encourage commuters to escape from the conventional by stepping into the peculiar and embracing the delectable. Delivered by creative agency Space and launching across London, Manchester, Brighton, Cardiff and Liverpool, the Victorian-surrealism themed activations evoke a sensory overload at the most mundane of places: the bus shelter.

Building on the immersive Summer Escape portal experiences from previous years, including the King’s Cross Station takeover which transported over 400,000 commuters into the peculiar world of Hendrick’s Gin, the UK’s number one premium gin brand and Space are together expanding their immersive narrative to reach key city-dwellers across the UK.

Space’s full-scale takeovers breathe life into the bus shelters through unmistakable Hendrick’s Gin visuals, blending natural elements and a Victorian surrealism that connects a legacy brand feel with a post-modern edge. All the while, audiences are invited to delve deeper into the unique universe of Hendrick’s Gin that UK audiences look forward to immersing themselves into.

The Creative Detail

Each bus shelter features an upside-down ‘living roof’ made up of roses and cucumbers. To reach the commuters on a sensory level, a unique scent will be dispensed throughout each shelter to bring to life Hendrick’s Gin’s peculiar infusion of rose and cucumber. A doorbell aptly engraved with ‘Press for the Peculiar’ triggers old-fashioned music and a Victorian gentleman-style monologue. Intricate secret messages are hidden within the artwork, rewarding those curious enough to look more closely with informative descriptions surrounding the oddities of Hendrick’s Gin, told in the brand’s unmistakable tone of voice.

The most spectacular element of each takeover is a giant, upside-down 3D recreation of the Hendrick’s Gin bottle encased within a 6-sheet panel. The bottle continuously pours real liquid, without ever overflowing, into a glass of Hendrick’s Gin Cucumber Lemonade (the brand’s hero summer serve).

Floor vinyl’s adorned with clouds immerse consumers further into the world, offering an escape from the mundanity of waiting for a bus. Within the creative, both on the floor and back panels of the shelters, is a QR code, encouraging commuters to visit the brand’s Summer-themed landing page providing inspiration, tips, and recipes to make the perfect Hendrick’s Gin Cucumber Lemonade.

James Keen, Senior Brand Manager, William Grant & Sons | “The pandemic may have momentarily resigned us to smaller, more conventional lives. As we step out into this new world, we want to delight in new experiences and savour the unexpected. There is no better time for Hendrick’s to encourage and reward innate human curiosity. “This disruptive out of home activation marks a departure from the conventional. And Space has expertly brought our unique brand premise to life. We’re thrilled with the results and to see our brand’s peculiar narrative evolve.”

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