Long live Coca-Cola

To me, successful social media campaigns are the ones you don’t mind watching over and over again, unlike ads that you just want to go away ASAP. You share the good ones with your friends or networks. They appeal to you thanks to a number of things, perhaps due to the human interest factor, the tall poppy syndrome or because it’s unusual. Anyway, this Coca-Cola campaign was launched years ago, but it remains popular. It should work as a role model for PR practitioners, especially when they’re trying to come up a – hopefully – viral campaign. It was successful on so many levels. Not just in a ROI kind of way, or in terms of great visibility of tactics (smart move to use the billboard in Kings Cross!). Even on a personal level- people were frantic about this campaign and actually made an effort to look for “their own” bottle. That worked in favour for Coca-Cola when customers then took to social media, posting thousands of pictures of bottles with their name on it. After launching the campaign, it basically took off to another level by itself and resulted in record-breaking consumption. In a way, all the pictures of personal Coke bottles on Facebook worked as free advertising for the company. Because even if you think you’re not affected by what you see on social media, I bet you’ve been intrigued by this very campaign. Surely, you’ve been one of those people looking for your own name among all those Coca-Cola bottles at the supermarket, hoping you’ll find it one day.

#social #media #helps #campaigns #go #viral

Kings Cross, Sydney.

Kings Cross, Sydney.


Tall Poppy Syndrome

Tall Poppy Syndrome



Journey Australia. (2013). Local Idea Goes Global: Share a Coke. Retrieved from: http://www.coca-colajourney.com.au/stories/local-idea-goes-global-share-a-coke

Marketing Magazine. (2012). Share a Coke campaign post-analysis. Retrieved from: http://www.marketingmag.com.au/case-studies/share-a-coke-campaign-post-analysis-15944/#.U9TaS0j2QXV

Mills, A., J. (2012). Journal of Public Affairs. Virality in social media: the SPIN Framework, vol. 12 issue 2, pp. 162-169. Retrieved from: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com.ezproxy.bond.edu.au/doi/10.1002/pa.1418/full

Vinerean, S., Cetina, I., Dumitrescu, L., & Tichindelean, M. (2013). International Journal of Business and Management. The Effects of Social Media Marketing on Online Consumer Behavior, vol. 8 issue 14, pp. 66-79. Retrieved from: http://search.proquest.com.ezproxy.bond.edu.au/docview/1419019569/abstract?accountid=26503


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s