Alexandra Jones, of the University of Sydney’s George Institute for Global Health, was kind enough to forward the promotional activities of V, a New Zealand energy drink, on college campuses during orientation week.
These, to say the least, got my attention.
According to the company’s promotional materials (take a look!), it wants colleges to agree to let it:
- Put used textbooks into college libraries that V carves out with V-shaped holes.
- Give prizes including free product, cash, and “life-hack” recommendations such as “sneak booze into anywhere by hollowing out a baguette.”
- Appoint brand ambassadors to hand out sample cans like “an energetic Christmas charity drive”
- Conduct ongoing activities throughout the academic year including sending “sneaky ninja staff” into campus libraries to hide V promotions and prizes among the “less helpful, less exciting actual books.”
We’re going to take an elephant-load of used textbooks and cut a V-shaped hole in the pages. We’ll put in fake V cans with a super mysterious mystery prize in it. Most of the time it’ll be free Vs. Sometimes it’ll be a fistful of cash, but they’ll always have a life-hack recommendation with it. For example, if it’s a beginner’s Spanish book, the hack says,”¿le gustaria ir a cenar?” is how you say, “would you like to go to dinner,” in Spanish. As the hot girl/guy in your class and use this $500 for some fancy tapas and sangria (Spanish food).
I suppose this is meant to be funny and $500 ought to be enough for a good dinner, even at inflated Sydney restaurant prices.
Will librarians be amused?
The faculty, understandably, is not.
The campaign has been pitched to Sydney Uni. Will the university agree to it?
The mind boggles.
Addition, Feb 25: Here’s an article about this.