Guinness advertising has become an institution, virtually since Arthur Guinness set up the brewery in 1779.Today Guinness advertising is not just a subject for fond remembrance of past campaigns – nowadays its a subject for the specialist collector.Every item, from original artwork to old Guinness labels -has a price and a buyer.
All Guinness advertising has done is create a focal point for peoples interest in and affection for,Guinness itself- that curious looking drink with a curious sounding name.
Indeed its tempting to talk about Guinness advertising as if it were a generic term,describing a particular type or style of advertising.This is not the case-in its form, content and approach ,Guinness advertising has been as varied as the communications media it has enployed.
When the brewery giant first began advertising in 1928,there had been very little study done in the field of market research and the critical analysis of what became to be called the “persuasion industry’ had yet to take place.In launching its first campaign, however,Guinness decreed that its advertisements ‘should at all times be done extremely well and in good taste -S.H Benson Ltd.,the venerable advertising agency charged with carrying out that edict,began with a refreshing directness- an appetising pint of what is affectionately called the ‘black stuff’ and the simple slogan:’GUINNESS is good for you.’
Guinness has since always been among the leaders in the development of the craft of advertising and from the outset, they have been particularly conscious of their public responsibilities as an advertiser.Its fair to say no other alcoholic beverage has acquired the universal goodwill possessed by Guinness.Stanley Penn,one of Bensons copyrighters once remarked ‘ Guinness always enjoyed their advertising.They liked their advertising to be liked’.and so Bensons gave the already household Guinness name character and personality ,they made its friend more than a mere acquaintance.
After a few years ,some money and a lot of imagination later,Bensons began mixing their Guinness with a dash or two of levity and humour.It was the beginning of many years of fun and frolics-starting with John Gilroys’ charming menagerie of Guinness guzzling animals and the most outrageous puns and parodies- right up to the present day.