In a surprising twist, Bud Light is facing a significant setback in the beer industry. With a whopping 24.4% drop in sales within just a week, the once-reigning King of Beers is now struggling to maintain its position. Despite their efforts to boost sales through Memorial Day discounts, Bud Light experienced a drastic decline instead.
Meanwhile, Rivals Rise to the Occasion!
While Bud Light falters, its sister brands and competitors are seizing the opportunity. Michelob Ultra, after several weeks in the red, finally turned things around with a modest 0.7% increase in sales. It seems that life after Bud Light can still be prosperous. Other Anheuser-Busch brands like Budweiser, Natural Light, and Busch Light may not be thriving, but they aren’t plummeting like Bud Light either. Budweiser saw a 7.8% decline, while Natural Light and Busch Light dropped by 1.0% and 0.8% respectively. Despite the less than ideal figures, they manage to stay afloat.
Reevaluating the Woke Marketing Strategy
So, what caused Bud Light’s downfall? Their attempt to be “woke” by collaborating with transgender influencer Dylan Mulvaney appears to have backfired. The marketing strategy, aimed at inclusivity, did not resonate with consumers. Mulvaney’s image surrounded by Bud Light cans did not strike the right chord, and the special-edition Bud Light can featuring her face did not help their cause either.
Modelo Especial: The Surprising Victor
While Bud Light faces a downward spiral, its arch-nemesis, Modelo Especial, is thriving. In the same week, Modelo Especial witnessed an astonishing 12.2% increase in sales, making them the brand to beat this summer.
Facing the Consequences
The backlash against Bud Light is hitting them hard. Even prominent figures like GOP Congresswoman Lauren Boebert and Blue Jay’s pitcher Anthony Bass have expressed their dissatisfaction with the brand. Bud Light’s attempt to ride the “woke” wave ended up being a tidal wave that swept them off their feet.
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