Coca-Cola is online with one of the first YouTube co-marketing efforts. It’s called Holiday Wishcast and it’s a mini-site based on YouTube service which allows visitors to upload and share their video greetings. Among the users who have submitted content, we find the sweet Geriatric1927 who is already a star among YouTube fans. Marketers look with interest Coca-Cola’s initiative to exploit a new advertising space crowded with young users (read Contagious for example), while YouTube purists hope this is not the beginning of a brand invasion on the popular video sharing service. I don’t want to sound pessimistic but, since in the end, someone has to pay the (bandwidth) bills, I’m not sure there’s much we can do to stop the brand invasion…
A very rich (and nice) website by Emerge Wunderman for Coca Cola Zero. The Zero is More site supports an offline campaign currently running in the European Nordic region. As you can quite easily understand when visiting the site, Zero is More aims at a core targetgroup iof males between 18-24 years old. There is a lot of cool & sexy content to explore (even too much, maybe), so if you want to go directly to the best part, click on the lady’s portrait on the right and take part in the Zero Boot Camp.
Coca-Cola is supporting its new energy drink Relentless with an online markteting campaign (via Brand Republic). A website delivers the message “No half measures” through videos animations. I like the look & feel of the site kind of artistic and unpredictable. Actually it’s not easy to understand what’s the product they’re trying to promote, and this can be good or bad, depending on how strong the brand is (so maybe in this case it’s bad…).
New Media Age reports Coca-Cola UK is planning to invest more and more money in mobile advertising. Coke claims mobile phones are potentially more powerful than TV in reaching its target audience. Quoted in the article, Coca-Cola marketing manager James Eadie explains:Mobile marketing could be phenomenally important, when you look at the penetration of handsets and the passion the audience has for mobile. As a way of connection, it ought to be phenomenally powerful and more important than TV. So we should be spending 50% of our marketing budget within decades.
Of course, Eadie also recognizes there are still several obstacles preventing mobile marketing to go mainstream. For example, the differences among carriers in shortcodes application and the unavailability of freephone text.
In Poland, Coca-Cola is online with an advergaming site to celebrate the Christmas period. The site features a total of six advergames. I managed to play only a Xmas-Coke version of the popular Chinese game Mahjong, then my score wasn’t good enough to access the second game. And here comes the best part of the site: only the first advergame is open to everybody, all the others require a minimum score to enter. If games are good and funny to play I really think this is a sticky idea to keep people on the site. Sorry but my Polish is not good enough to tell you if there is also a competition associated to the site. If any reader can help… thank you!
Biedermann/McCann-Erickson for Coca-Cola (Paraguay).
Le Journal du Net (in French) investigates the importance of the Web for soft drinks brands. In France, but not only there, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Orangina-Schweppes and Unilever are fighting to get people’s attention online. They are moving more and more money to the Internet and even changing their own corporate structure to adapt to the new challenges: Orangina, for example, since 2001 has its own internal web agency. Since the main target audience for soft drinks (12 to 30 years old) is heavily using the Web, the communication strategy needs focus on the Internet, where advertising budgets are also easier to manage if compared to Tv. Micro-sites, online competitions with a touch of mobile content tend to be entertaining and funny and to take advantage of the new options offered by digital music.
Coca-Cola, despite the fact it has been named once again brand of the year by BusinessWeek/Interbrand, feels it is loosing touch with the UK market. This assumption derives from an article published today on Bran Republic announcing the “World of refreshment” campaign. The multimillion-pound campaign includes outdoor advertising and a web site (www.refreshinglife.co.uk, with the aim of promoting the full range of soft drinks produced by the Coca-Cola company. Vallance Carruthers Coleman Priest created the ads that target in particular health-conscious drinkers who might be afraid of having soft drinks.
Big brands are launching this summer mobile marketing campaigns in the US. Bringing with them the experience of similar initiatives run in Europe in the last few years, companies like Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Heineken have started using mobile elements to target the American market. AdAge reports consumers packaged-goods brands like Nesquik and Starburst are particularly active, opting for low risk on-pack promotions. Coca-Cola instead is exploring the rich and fascinating world of mobile games. But the article highlights an interesting aspect: marketers are increasingly interested in mobile marketing, but the agencies aren’t (yet) there to help them and provide ideas and resources… All right, if you need help, you know where to find me… Tag = mobile marketing
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