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More jump on the ambush wagon

12 June 2010

Last week we posted that Mars and The FA were considering legal action against Nestlé .

This week a study by Nielsen has revealed that Nestle are not the only ones taking advantage of “ambush marketing” during the lead up to the World Cup. The likes of Nike and Carlsberg appear to got the upper hand over their bitter rivals but its not all bad news. Nielsen also found that FIFA partner Coca-Cola was found to have had five times the level of mentions around the World Cup than Pepsi did.

With the raft of brands that are currently and will continue to engage in ambush marketing, is it time for sponsors to start taking advantage of their alignment to the World Cup by being more creative, since “owning” the tournament is clearly not enough?

Would money be better spent on savvy marketing strategies rather than on potentially fruitless attempts to try and go after arguably more creative (ambush) marketeers?

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