As you may be aware, viral marketing is a tactic used on the internet generation. For example, if you create a funny video or interesting email and send it to your friends, they will send it to their friends, who will send it to their friends, etc. and continue spreading the message much like a virus.
Now if you can make that funny video just a carefully constructed advertisement for a product, the unsuspecting lemmings will do all the marketing work for you.
Case in point, here is a video teasing Pepsi's new attempt to bring name recognition to their new product:
If you go to the site, you can upload a photo of a friend (or enemy) and it gets incorporated into the video, along with a bunch of other personalizable data. The kicker is that the girl in the video (aren't we all suckers for hot chicks with an accent?) tattoos the marks name across her body.
The new product Pepsi is hocking is called Diet Pepsi Max. It would have hit the states sooner, but one of their main ingredients needed to be approved by the FDA. (apparently its some kind of synthetic, discovered by accident artificial sweetener that blends with aspartame and is 200 times sweeter than regular sugar). Just perfect for the fat-ass Americans to drink by the gallon.
Its really interesting to see how this drink was re-invented for each market Pepsi was shooting for:
- In early 2005, they added a lemon-lime flavor and dropped it in to the UK and Australian drink markets, calling it Pepsi Max Twist.
- Later that year, they added ginger and cinnamon to the drink and called it Pepsi Max Punch for the UK.
- In late 2005 and early 2006, a coffee-flavored variety was introduced in France, Finland, Ireland, Norway and the UK. Known as Pepsi Max Cappuccino.
So now that the synthetic, chemically altered, overly-sweet, non-nutritive, cola-based carbonated liquid is being sold in the US, Pepsi felt it was time to employ a viral marketing strategy to help spread the word.
Technically, this is a pretty well done marketing tactic. Ultimately, its fun to assault your friends with this video and they will want to do it to their friends, who will want to do it to their friends, etc. And thus, the virus (or in this case advertising message) spreads.
Whether this will convince you to try Diet Pepsi Max, I dont know. But at the very least, you are now aware of the product and that's all Pepsi cares about.