Barbour Design




It started with just a meeting.


The Direction

An ESPN marketing team was preparing for an important meeting with Jim Beam, a client they had not worked with before. In an age where the value of a cross-platform sell is heavily weighted, what do you arm your client with that exudes:

• They understand the value and importance of the Jim Beam brand
• The two brands, ESPN and Jim Beam can meld together in an organic way
• How effectively Jim Beam can communicate their brand messaging across ESPN’s wealth of media properties

Never show up empty handed.

The Translation

We designed, printed and wrapped several bottles of Jim Beam Bourbon Whiskey using their existing label and seamlessly integrated ESPN’s cross-platform media package into the design.

The labels displayed key points about the ESPN brand and provided a memorable example of how well the two brands fit together.



A partnership was formed…

The Affect

In the words of the AE, “the client was blown away” by the example and asked for more that he could share with others in his organization. The impact of this unique marketing approach resulted in a partnership between ESPN and Jim Beam—and led to one of the most talked about custom cross-platform content integrations.

…and “The Next Round” was born.


The Results:

The Next Round, presented by Jim Beam was a web series hosted by ESPN’s Scoop Jackson featuring athletes, actors, comedians and other celebrity guests discussing current topics, sports culture and more. Barbour played a significant role in the rollout of The Next Round, and created a Jim Beam cover wrap for ESPN The Magazine and several print ads that ran for almost two years.