In some ways product placement for our indie films is trivial. For example, set designer Margaret McDonald was telling me recently how she gets Woolwooths to supply free groceries for set dressing.
However, real product integration is something that provides the producer with real value - either with money upfront or marketing support later on. As much as we'd like to save $50 on set dressing - for a $10 million film it's not exactly value for the producer. So I thought I'd look at some examples of successful product integrations to see how others do it.
Marketing Brief: Heinz Ketchup had a new 'EZ Squeeze' bottle.
They'd worked for years to get people to recognise their old bottle - now they were taking a totally different product to the market. Not only that - but the bottle was used quite differently too .. so would the public accept this new shape?
So Heinz worked with a US company called 'International Promotion' to include the new bottle into product integration on TV and film so that the consumer 'would consider the EZ Squeeze bottle as an everyday household product'.