With Halloween coming up, Pepsi ran a social media campaign to generate buzz, attract attention to its brand, and make fun of Coca-Cola. You might wonder if Coca-Cola reacted to this challenge.
The official company representatives opted out of the game. However, Coke’s fans came up with a creative follow-up message. The battle continued, but this time Coca-Cola definitely won the race with its response. Coca-Cola did a great trick with its robust response. It changed the ad's meaning and made its fans believe Pepsi tried to wear a red cape for Halloween to be a hero, like Coca-Cola.
This great Halloween marketing campaign illustrates two powerful lessons all advertisers and brands have to know to win the race, unlike Pepsi.
1. Mentioning Your Competitor Directly in an Ad Can Be Risky
2. Consumers Will Always Defend Their Favorites