A recent ad in a local mall. When I first saw this giant ad at the local mall, I wondered why would you advertise Gatorade in the mall. The target demographics were way off. When you think of the typical mall shopper you have soccer moms, tweens, and teenage girls. The teenage guys at the mall are usually looking at the teenage girls so the impact on them is muted.

The placement was dead on actually. Gatorade hung 2 or 3 huge bannersĀ  from the rafters that read, “Available here at vending machines throughout the mall” with a large, impactful image of their bottle.

I spent the rest of my time shopping looking for the machines, which, for the first time, were easy to find thanks to their signage on the machines. I had never really paid attention to the drink machines prior to this day. After finding the first machine, I saw numerous shoppers drinking Gatorade at the mall. This was ingenious.