Recently, we introduced the topic of Guerrilla Marketing on our blog. Especially for companies that want to attract attention with unusual ideas, Guerilla Marketing is worth considering. A huge budget is not always necessary.
The first blog post covered the theoretical part. To make the topic even more vivid, we will now provide more background information and examples of successful Guerilla Marketing. Here we go!

There are four basic approaches to Guerilla Marketing:

Ambient Marketing
On the one hand, there is Ambient Marketing which is supposed to reach people out of home, i. e. outside their own four walls. Ambient Marketing can be used indoors or outdoors and covers a wide range of areas: designed postcards, posters on dispensers, sticked-on pictures in suitable places or glued-in elements. Ambient Marketing is temporary in most cases .

Good examples are the following campaigns:

3M campaign for security glass

Campaign for a laxative

Advertising for a shampoo by Johnny Andrean.

Ambush Marketing
On the other hand, guerrilla marketing encompasses Ambush Marketing where events such as major sporting events are “captured”. The aim is to attract attention without sponsorship. At sport events, the sponsors of the athletes often compete with the sponsors of the event (for example, athlete X wears Nike clothing, but the main sponsor is Adidas). There have been many creative ideas in the history of Ambush Marketing:

In goldenen Puma-Schuhen siegt Usain Bolt über 100 Meter – und setzt seinen Ausrüster anschließend gut in Szene.Usain Bolt won three gold medals at the 2016 Olympic Games and showed his golden Puma running shoes into the cameras. Adidas was annoyed: The company sponsored the games.

Go Heinrich Go!” was an Ambush campaign by Nike for the Berlin Marathon. The main sponsor was Adidas, but Nike sponsored the 78-year-old Heinrich, thus attracting a lot of brand awareness.

Experience marketing/integrate people
Last but not least, guerrilla marketing can also involve consumers – such as passers-by – directly or indirectly in the campaign: Either they interact directly, for example with objects in shopping streets. Or they become part of Guerrilla Marketing without own efforts. Difficult to imagine? Here are two examples:

Campaign for an anti‑flea agent

Anti‑aids campaign by Cesviamo with a “condom mob”

We’ve learned: With a little brain work and creativity, eye-catching campaigns can be developed. Particularly in highly competitive industries, the right activities can be used to set your company apart from the competition – perhaps even financially superior ones – and leave a lasting impression. The brand receives further extensive coverage free of charge, because the media report about the campaign. Besides that, the brand is pushed by word-of-mouth recommendation and the campaign can be leveraged in social media.

– This article was written by Andrej Kornienko, Account Manager at HBI

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