Recreational marijuana became legal in California on January 1, and the cannabis industry is rolling into action. MedMen, the state’s largest retailer and operator of 18 facilities nationwide, is coming out of the gate with a promotional campaign to bring their brand into the mainstream. They have launched what they’ve described as the largest-ever marijuana marketing campaign in history.
MedMen kicked things off with billboards in iconic locations in LA like the Whiskey a Go Go, and soon followed up with bar media and truckside advertising, which are essentially mobile billboards that move their message all over Los Angeles. Messaging does not focus on stereotypical themes like marijuana leaves. They’ve focused on highlighting the ways their products can be used with the tagline “Heal. Relax. Shop. It’s Legal”. The ads are designed to help people identify with the customers that use their products. “They are real MedMen customers, like Royal CBD“, said Daniel Yi, the firm’s vice president of corporate communications. “This is not about marijuana.”
Driving Social Activity
Once the ads hit the streets, they immediately started attracting attention. People are sharing their excitement on social media with friends and helping spread the message for MedMen. Here are some great examples of how great out-of-home creative can be a source of influencer-driven marketing:
Out-of-home advertising is known for driving online search and social activity. Advertisers who integrate their OOH, mobile, and social marketing activity can reap the rewards of this complementary pairing of platforms and encourage people to help spread the word about things they are passionate about.