Coca-Cola’s New Marketing Strategy – Taste The Feeling

The “Open Happiness” slogan gets replaced by “Taste The Feeling” as Coke launches the biggest campaign in over a decade.

Debuted in 2009, Coca-Cola’s lofty slogan “Open Happiness” was over-used to cover all of its ideals-based campaigns from anti-bullying to supporting exploited migrants in Dubai.

However, it was becoming all too preachy. With the entrance of new global CMO, Marcos de Quito, the new slogan is less of a lesson to learn and more about instilling in the minds of the drinkers simple pleasures of life, such as the taste of a chilled Coke on a warm summer day.

The new campaign billed “Taste the Feeling” pushes the product center-stage in an attempt to win back some of the drinkers in the struggling soda category. Coke also announced that all brands (Coca-Cola, Diet Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola Zero, and Coca-Cola Life) under the Coca-Cola company umbrella will be united under the same creative campaign, in a huge shift of strategy.

Announced today in Paris by Coca-Cola executives, the campaign ads have rolled out across more than 200 countries world-wide.

The campaign kicks off with the lead commercial, “Anthem,” which presents a series of moments linked by a Coca-Cola, such as ice-skating with friends, a first date, a first kiss and a first love.

In the interview, Mr. de Quinto spoke passionately about taking Coke in a new, more humble direction. Ads will use the kind of compelling storytelling long-associated with Coke. But they will depict everyday moments, like a first date, and put Coke bottles front and center.

Mr. de Quinto said about the new campaign,

We’ve found over time that the more we position Coca-Cola as an icon, the smaller we become. The bigness of Coca-Cola resides in the fact that it’s a simple pleasure – so the humbler we are, the bigger we are. We want to help remind people why they love the product as much as they love the brand.

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Ten television commercials will be part of the campaign, along with a 100 static images shot by fashion photographers Guy Arch and Nacho Ricci, capturing people around the world enjoying Coca-Cola in a variety of everyday moments, as well as a new song developed by Avicii, and interactive digital advertising.