Maker’s Mark Bourbon is proud to announce the launch of its new global brand campaign, “Make Your Mark,” which creates a singular lens for all aspects of brand building the world over. The campaign launch is a defining moment as Maker’s Mark pursues its ambition to become an iconic global American whisky brand, expanding its strong leadership position in North America.
“Make Your Mark” is rooted in the brand’s purpose-driven mindset and values that have been consistent since its founding in 1953. The campaign inspires others to ask, “What if?” and challenge convention to make their mark in the world, much like Maker’s Mark in the American whiskey industry.
“To us at Maker’s Mark, this is more than just a campaign; it’s our entire brand ethos and experience,” said KK Hall, Global Brand Vice President of Maker’s Mark. “When our founders Bill Sr. and Margie Samuels created Maker’s Mark in 1953, they didn’t just want to make another bourbon – they wanted to make a better bourbon. And they were brave enough to push conventional boundaries to craft something they were proud to share. That spirit lives on in everything we do, and we’re excited for the ‘Make Your Mark’ campaign to be a beacon of this mindset for whisky fans worldwide.”
“They Say” – the debut film content of the brand campaign – delivers bold, cinematic creativity unlike anything else in the American whiskey category while reinforcing the handmade nature that has always differentiated Maker’s Mark. “They Say” offers a cinematic compilation of vignettes showcasing the possibility that awaits when we break from conventional wisdom in pursuit of progress.
Debuting in the United States today, followed by Canada in August and a global rollout in 2024, the hero film will take 30-second, 15-second and six-second forms for use in television, over-the-top media (e.g., Hulu, Roku), online video (e.g., YouTube), digital and social media. Leo Burnett developed the creative under the leadership of Executive Creative Director Sam Shepard. “ They Say ” was directed by award-winning music video and commercial director Henry Scholfield.
“Maker’s Mark was born when its founders bravely lit their 170-year-old family recipe on fire,” said Shepherd. “What’s even more impressive is how that same energy still permeates everything Maker’s Mark does today. It was incredibly fulfilling to work with a team as unafraid to do things differently as the team at Maker’s Mark.”
In addition to the debut film creative, the global campaign includes relaunching the brand’s global website and consumer ambassador program. The global brand experience will be further supported with limited-edition product releases, media and talent partnerships, retail programming, experiential and PR as it is embedded in additional markets in 2024.
Breaking convention in pursuit of progress is not new to Maker’s Mark. It was the first bourbon distillery to open its doors to the public, pioneering the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Maker’s Mark maintains handmade touchpoints in a world of automation and efficiency, including hand-dipping every bottle in iconic red wax. Further, the brand pioneers social and environmental initiatives as a force for good, and Maker’s Mark Distillery is a Certified B Corporation.