Never Settle for OK – Pepsi Max Campaign Makes Use of Coke’s Name

“It’s such a bold and direct line and it’s led to great work in the past, so we all knew we needed to do something that lived up to it. Then, our competitor did it for us.”

Working with Special, Pepsi Max has launched a new campaign that asks What’s in a name? The answer: A lot, especially when you want a drink that tastes better than OK to maximise the flavour of food.

Even more so, what’s in a name in this case is the word ‘OK’ – nestled right there in the middle of “Coke” all this time.

The campaign says that it simply highlights a design flaw that’s been hiding in plain sight in the name of the brand’s biggest competitor to let Aussies know that food tastes better with Pepsi Max.


 

The OOH-led create work lets drinkers of the competitor’s product know they’re settling for just ‘OK’ when they don’t choose Pepsi Max, with ads appearing on OOH sites across the country.

Vandita Pandey, Chief Marketing Officer ANZ, Snacks & Beverages at PepsiCo, said: “We have long known that Pepsi Max tastes better than our main competitor and this latest campaign helps us reinforce our position as a challenger brand.

Australia’s meals are not being done justice,  palates across the nation are being deprived, whilst consumers settle for OK. Working with Special Group to bring to life our bold and disruptive nature with a little light-hearted fun is something we know resonates well with customers.”


 

Simon Gibson and Nils Eberhardt, Creative Directors at Special said: “Getting briefed to work on the ‘Tastes Better’ campaign is exciting and intimidating in equal measure.

It’s such a bold and direct line and it’s led to great work in the past, so we all knew we needed to do something that lived up to it. Then, our competitor did it for us. We saw an image they put out into the world and noticed something we couldn’t unsee.”


Credits

CLIENT: PepsiCo

Chief Marketing Officer, Snacks & Beverages: Vandita Pandey
Head of Marketing Beverages: Susan Press
Marketing Manager: Tiana Handel
Brand Manager: Candy Wong

CREATIVE AGENCY: Special

Partners/CEO: Lindsey Evans & Cade Heyde

Partners/CCO: Julian Schreiber & Tom Martin

Partner/CSO: Dave Hartmann

Client Services Director: Richard Sweetman

Creative Directors: Simon Gibson & Nils Eberhardt

Team Lead: Michelle Braslin

Business Director: Maddie Armstrong

Head of Stills: Nick Lilley

Integrated Producer: Danielle Senecky

Integrated Producer: Emily Willis

PR Managing Director: Alex Bryant
PR Account Director: Sarah Halpin
Creative Strategist: Kate Wilkinson

MEDIA AGENCY: Trio (PHD Australia)
Group Business Director: Jen Jones
Planning Director: Gilbert Lee
Senior Investment Manager: Mikeah Irving

PRODUCTION COMPANY: Pool Collective

Photographer: Danny Eastwood
Production Company Producer: Zoe Izzard
Retoucher: Mark Sterne

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