Pepsi Launches First Global Campaign

Pepsi has unveiled its first global campaign, “Live for Now,” based on the brand’s new global positioning. The company conducted extensive global research, connecting with thousands of fans, and found Live for Now reflects the insight that Pepsi fans all around the world desire to capture the excitement of now -- a mindset that’s aligned with the brand’s DNA.

The multi-year campaign will invite and inspire Pepsi fans to live each moment to the fullest through a breadth of global, pop culture platforms, including relationships with music and entertainment brand evangelists, digital innovation, epic events and unique partnerships. It will launch first in the United States and begin to roll out globally throughout this year.

“Live for Now is considerably more than a positioning statement or a single ad creative – it is the central governing idea for the brand globally,” said Brad Jakeman, president, global enjoyment brands for Purchase, N.Y.-based PepsiCo. “Pepsi has always inspired people to embrace the ‘now’ by being at the epicenter of, and helping to define, pop culture. Live for Now embodies a mindset that is true of Pepsi loyalists around the world, while still connecting with a large and growing number of consumers who share the same values. It will enable the brand to deepen its global equity in a relevant and authentic way, and has already inspired a differentiated way of thinking about brand behavior across the entire Pepsi global marketing system.”

Simon Lowden, chief marketing officer for Pepsi Beverages Co., noted that the Live for Now positioning is a filter through which to create exciting and innovative partnerships with some of the world’s leading artists and entertainment properties. In keeping with this idea, the company will bow “a series of exclusive partnerships in the United States over the next few months that will breathe life into ‘Live for Now’ and offer one-of-a-kind experiences for our fans,” Lowden said.

The campaign's U.S. launch will begin with “Pepsi Pulse,” the digital embodiment of Live for Now. This interactive digital platform will operate in real time, curating and serving up trending pop culture content, entertainment news and consumer incentives. Pepsi Pulse’s features include an interactive display of pop culture news content and interaction with celebrity visitors. Pepsi is also launching a version of Pepsi Pulse targeting bicultural Hispanic consumers, “Mi Pepsi,” which will feature relevant content specific to this audience.

Also as part of the Live for Now platform in the United States, Pepsi will present a series of exclusive pop-up, Twitter-enabled concerts this summer featuring major music artists. The Twitter partnership will kick off in the U.S. in early May, according to the company.

The first Live for Now ad spot is set to air across the United States on May 7, and will feature global music artist Nicki Minaj’s mega-hit “Moment 4 Life.” Minaj has a cameo in the ad and is one of the many artists and entertainment brands that Pepsi will collaborate with over the coming months to bring to life the new brand proposition. Live for Now in the United States will encompass TV, radio, cinema and outdoor advertising, and experiential, as well as digital and social media, platforms.

The global campaign was created in partnership with an integrated cross-agency, multi-disciplinary team of Omnicom agencies, including Alma, BBDO Worldwide, OMD, Organic, TBWA Worldwide and TracyLocke Partners.

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