Don’t Jinx It

Agency: AMV BBDO


As fans look forward to an exciting few weeks of rugby GUINNESS launches a new campaign to galvanise the country and show its support to the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU), the number 1 ranked male team in the world, crowned GUINNESS Six Nations Grand Slam Champions.

The new integrated campaign, developed by AMV BBDO, was inspired by a universal truth about being a fan: the feeling that your actions directly affect your team’s performance. It’s particularly true for Ireland fans this year, as they balance the excitement and expectation that comes with being the top ranked side.

Through social listening, GUINNESS and AMV have identified that Irish fans’ worry that any overconfidence is going to come back to bite them. So, the creative work plays with the natural caution and self-deprecation of Irish fans by reminding, that allowing themselves to say what they could win can in fact cost their teams’ result. Whatever you do, don’t say Ireland is going to w*n. Or better, Don’t Jinx It.

The TV ad that kicks off the campaign was shot in sports-documentary style, with Ireland fans being interviewed about their hopes for the year ahead and their reflections on previous disappointments. With Ronan Keating’s “When You Say Nothing At All” playing throughout, it begins with a couple in a pub arguing over whether saying ‘Ireland was going to w*n’ cost the team a championship title once. In another one, colleagues in a local cafe persuade themselves that a few games will offer more than enough excitement.

Directed by James Rouse through Biscuit, the film in versions of 30 and 60 seconds will run on TV and social media. As part of the campaign, OOH reminding rugby fans to “not jinx it” will be placed near pubs nationwide. A series of activations across the country will also highlight past wrongdoings and get everyone supporting the Irish team in the right way this time.

This professional campaign titled 'Don’t Jinx It' was published in United Kingdom in September, 2023. It was created for the brand: Guinness, by ad agency: AMV BBDO. This Film and OOH Outdoor media campaign is related to the Alcoholic Drinks and Sports industries and contains 3 media assets. It was submitted 6 months ago.


Client: Diageo
Campaign title: Don’t Jinx It
Client name: Alan McAleenan, Anne Zahan, Lauren McKay and Liam ElSibai
Creative Agency: AMV BBDO
CCO: Nicholas Hulley and Nadja Lossgott
Creative Director: Nicholas Hulley
Creative Team: Will Brookwell and Louis Prenaud
Agency Planning Team: Joe Smith
Agency Account Team: Nick Andrew, Elana Murphy and Harry Frohlich
Agency Producer: Nick Godden
Agency Assistant Producer: Kieran O’Malley
Media Agency: PHD
PR Agency: WHPR
Production Company: Biscuit
Director: James Rouse
Production Co. Producer: Benji Howell
Post-production Company: We Are Covert
Sound studio: Factory Studios
Audio Post-production: Mark Hills
Photographer: Linda Brownlee


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