5 lessons from Coca Cola’s new content marketing strategy

Coca Cola has been a company that has set a high standard over the years on how to market on television and mass media.

Its ads have always been creative and entertaining. Through its huge marketing budgets, it has cut a pathway into our consciousness that places it as one of the most recognisable brands in the world. It doesn’t matter where you go, Coca Cola is there!

Coca Cola is also the largest business brand on Facebook with nearly 40 million fans.

Coca Cola Wakes up to Content Marketing

Recently they have realised that their marketing strategy that has worked well for them for decades needed to evolve, and as such, they are moving from “Creative Excellence” to “Content Excellence”. Content for Coca Cola is now the “Matter” and “Substance” of “Brand Engagement”.

Content is now the key to marketing in the 21st century on a social web, so what can we learn from Coca Cola’s new marketing strategy?

Lesson 1: Create Liquid Content

The purpose of content excellence is to create “Ideas” so contagious that they cannot be controlled. This is what is called “liquid content”.

On a social web, people can easily share ideas, videos and photos on social networks such Facebook.

So create content that begs to be shared, whether that be an image, a video or an article.

Lesson 2: Ensure your Content is Linked

The next part of the equation is to ensure that these ideas create content that is innately relevant to:

– The business objectives of your company
– The brand
– Your customer interests

This is “Linked” content… Content that is relevant and connected to the companies goals and brand.

Ensure that the content communicates your message that is congruent with your mission and values.

Lesson 3: Create Conversations

Coca Cola has realised that the consumer creates more stories and ideas than they do, so their goal is to provoke conversations and then “Act” and “React” to those conversations 365 days of the year.

The new “Distribution Technologies” of Twitter, YouTube and Facebook provide greater connectivity and consumer empowerment than ever before.

Don’t just publish — interact with your audience and “tribe”.

Lesson 4: Move onto Dynamic Story Telling

On traditional media in the past, story telling was static and a one way street. Television and newspapers shouted at you with no means of interaction.

Coca Cola has come the realisation that to grow their business on the social web they need to move on from “One Way Story Telling” to “Dynamic Story Telling”.

This means you need to allow the story to evolve as you interact and converse with your customers. You need to converse with your customers in many media formats and social networks.

Storytelling has moved on from static and synchronous, to multifaceted, engaged and spreadable.

Lesson 5: Be Brave and Creative with Your Content Creation

Part of the new Coca Cola content strategy is applying a 70/20/10 investment principle to creating “Liquid content“.

– 70% of your content should be low risk. It pays the rent and is your bread and butter marketing (should be easy to do and only consumes 50% of your time).
– 20% of your content creation should innovate off what works.
– 10% of your content marketing is high risk ideas that will be tomorrows 70% or 20%… be prepared to fail.

This provides a blueprint to moving on from just developing white papers, to trying some content that is more visual, courageous and engaging in web world that has embraced multimedia and interactive content.

The 30 Second TV Ad is no Longer King

Coca Cola has come to the conclusion that the world has moved on from the 30 second TV ad. So has the Old Spice brand and many other businesses who are embracing social media as part of their marketing strategy.

We need to move towards a genuine consumer collaboration model that builds buzz and adopts a more iterative approach to content creation.

Learning how to fuel the conversations, act and interact has never been more important.

Consumers ideas, creativity and conversations have been set free with the evolution of social networks, learning to leverage and wrangle those conversations to increase your brand visibility is now a vital part of your marketing.

What About You?

Do you create conversations with your marketing? How many people are talking about your stories on Facebook?

Is your content liquid, linked and multi-faceted?

More Reading

10 Reasons Why “Liquid” Content Should be Included in Your Social Media Marketing
What are 10 Addictive Types of Content?
How to Increase Your Blog Traffic by 55% with One Button
5 Motivations for Sharing Content
20 Ideas for Social Media Content that Engages
Is it Better to Share on Google, Facebook or Twitter+
9 Questions to Ask your Customers When Creating Content

This article was originally published on jeffbullas.com


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(11) Readers Comments

  1. For reading

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  5. Great Article !!
    At times we feel that in healthcare, We are different”
    I believe a lot of that is smoke.
    Healthcare consumers are consumers first – – CONSUMERS OF HEALTHCARE.
    The 5 points in this article are right on target for #pharma #socpharm
    Jack J Florio,

  6. Terrific lessons. I believe this marketing tips can be applied not just coca cola but to any other industry, especially the healthcare sector.

    Erick Kinuthia
    Team MDwebpro

  7. Jeff

    Good article. As planner at a Coca-Cola agency, the “Liquid & linked” conversation rings out in the halls often.

    I’ve also recently written on the same subject. Certainly very topical.


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  10. Interesting article, and lots of things to think about. Do you have examples of actual campaigns through which Coca-Cola (or others) have implemented each of these ‘lessons’? It would be a fantastic article if so.

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