Pepsi’s Counter-Intuitive Branding Strategy
The International Herald Tribune takes a look at how Pepsi is trying to connect with the Second Life generation with the use of avatar iconography:
Frank Lampard, a midfielder for Chelsea, the English soccer team, is known for his quiet persona, but when he steps onto the pitch, he sometimes undergoes a Clark Kent-style transformation into Superman. So a new Pepsi can featuring Lampard depicts him as a cartoon superhero, like an alter-ego avatar from the online virtual world Second Life.
The Lampard packaging, which is being prepared for the British market, is one of dozens of new can and bottle designs coming from Pepsi as it seeks to connect with the “Second Life generation” — young consumers who may be fiercely loyal to certain video games or portable music players, but relatively indifferent when it comes to choosing a mass-market soda brand.