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Motorsports Forum: 5-Hour Energy's NASCAR Deal A Game-Changer For Brand
Published November 29, 2012
According to research firm Joyce Julius, 5-Hour Energy got more than $200M of media exposure, and that was about double their entire media budget for the year. Henderson: “Even if you put a fudge factor on there and cut it by 10 percent or something, it’s definitely worth it.”
5-Hour Energy got its start in NASCAR in ‘08 after getting a call from Rusty Wallace Racing. The company started with four races in the Nationwide Series and added four more races later in the season. It expanded to a full season in ‘09, added hospitality events in ‘10 and ‘11 and then signed a Sprint Cup sponsorship with Michael Waltrip Racing before the ‘12 season.
The company took a different approach to sponsorship than most brands. Rather than choosing a team, it chose a driver in Clint Bowyer and followed him from Richard Childress Racing to Michael Waltrip Racing.
Living Essentials Exec VP/Sales Risé Meguiar, whose company makes 5-Hour Energy, said, “We didn’t want a logo just to be slapped on a car. The driver selection was very important. The main thing was they had to believe in the product, be an advocate for the product and use the product.”
5-Hour Energy did a single ad for the year that showed Bowyer doing a range of activities, from bow hunting to riding a motorcycle to riding a jet ski.
Henderson said, “One of the things we learned for next year is we need to shoot a couple of extra (commercials). You get limited days with your talent so we have to work that out.”
The company also did four paint schemes in October to raise breast cancer awareness and promoted a special product that raised more than $350,000 for the Avon Foundation for Women’s Breast Cancer Crusade. Henderson: “All of those things were really good and they helped us sell more product. NASCAR was really helpful to us moving more product in that way.”