Coca-Cola digital ads celebrate humanity amid Covid-19
06-05-2020 11:56:00 | Editor: Bob Koigi | hits: 2134 | Tags:

Coca-Cola has unveiled a series of online films appreciating the everyday support and togetherness being exhibited in the wake of coronavirus crisis.

According to the company, the spots will be shared on social media and digital channels and specificially in markets where the coronavirus outbreak is slowing and society is approaching a return to a “new normal.”

The Spanish ad dubbed“For Everyone,” or “Por Todos” in Spanish, is set to run in Asia and Africa, and also 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.

Manolo Arroyo, Chief Marketing Officer and President, Asia Pacific group, Coca Cola: “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. 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 customize with local imagery and packaging.

Manolo Arroyo: “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.”

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 programs 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.

Manolo Arroyo:“This has demonstrated the ability of our global organization to be flexible and quickly pivot toward a new, very different reality no one could have imagined at the beginning of this year. The speed at which these teams have adapted 2020 plans based on the radical shifts we’ve seen these last few weeks in shopping behavior is remarkable.” 

The Coca-Cola system, including The Coca-Cola Foundation, is pledging more than $100 million to support COVID-19 relief efforts in communities around the world.

This total giving amount – which encompasses publicly announced foundation grants and donations, as well as projects under development around the world in more than 100 countries – includes product donations; in-kind contributions of services and equipment; allocated media and advertising space to public health authorities and NGO partners to broadcast time-sensitive safety messaging; and cash donations to support community relief efforts.