Winner of the World Branding Forum, Coca-Cola, has released a pair of online films celebrating the power of the human spirit to persevere through the coronavirus pandemic.
The spots, which the brand will share via social and digital channels in markets where the coronavirus outbreak is slowing and society is approaching a return to a “new normal,” bring current-day context to two popular Coca-Cola ads from years past.
“For Everyone,” or “Por Todos” in Spanish, initially will run across Asia and Africa, as well as in Spain and all of Latin America. A second ad, “To the Human Race,” refreshes a 2010 spot and will debut in parts of Asia and Latin America.
“This new creative salutes the generosity and courage of the everyday heroes of this crisis – from healthcare workers on the front lines, to those of us doing our part to stop the spread of the virus by staying home – and sends an optimistic message that things will get better,” said Manolo Arroyo, Chief Marketing Officer and President, Asia Pacific group. “We hope these timely stories of resiliency, inclusion and hope will resonate during these challenging times.”
“To the Human Race” – which Arroyo called “our hymn to humanity” – will be supported by a website featuring short video profiles of front-line heroes featured in the film. Both ads were created to be scaled globally and to give Coca-Cola teams around the world the flexibility to customise with local imagery and packaging.
“We’re intentionally taking a phased, situational approach and empowering our marketers to decide which spots to launch – and the appropriate timing – based on consumer mindsets in their geographies,” Arroyo said.
COVID-19 has challenged Coca-Cola – and countless other brands – to retune their marketing strategies and adapt in real-time. In the initial phase of the outbreak, when uncertainty and fear are paramount, most markets paused all advertising and redeployed funds to support local community relief programmes and promote public health messaging.
An international team of 10 Coca-Cola marketers worked quickly to produce the two new spots on a limited budget. With the majority of the world sheltering at home, the company is redirecting media spending to where it can be most effective, driving messages through digital channels and supporting the growth of e-commerce.
“This has demonstrated the ability of our global organisation to be flexible and quickly pivot toward a new, very different reality no one could have imagined at the beginning of this year,” Arroyo said. “The speed at which these teams have adapted 2020 plans based on the radical shifts we’ve seen these last few weeks in shopping behaviour is remarkable.”