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When I was a kid, it was so much fun to go up to the pop fountain and combine every flavour: a little bit of Coke, a bit of Sprite and Orange or Root Beer and back to the coke for a bit more. But Coca Cola Freestyle takes that to the next level by combining art, science, entertainment and design to give you up to 100 options to make the fountain drink of your choice.  These new machines, in mostly high-profile locations, not only give you a drink, but a fun and very cool interactive experience.

First you choose your drink from among 20 choices.

With the Coca Cola Freestyle, I walked up to this big huge wall where I had a touch screen choice of about 20 different drink options–Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Coke Zero, Minute Maid or Root Beer. So I hit Coke Zero. And then I had a choice of 8 different flavour version options of Coke Zero–Lime, Orange, Lemon, Cherry, Vanilla etc. So I hit Orange. As my drink filled up, I could smell the rich orange flavouring coming from my Coke. I never had Orange Coke before. It was a bit different but I loved the variety.   Who knows what I’d get next time, but it sure keeps the Coke love affair alive.

Coke is definitely one of the most Beloved brands on the planet. At the Beloved stage, the marketing effort has to shift to separating yourself on the experience you can create for your consumer. How many more times can Coke say “Coke Is It”? With this Freestyle fountain, Coca Cola has been able to leverage a unique technology to allow them to surprise and delight their consumers. “Coca-Cola Freestyle represents a complete departure from anything consumers have experienced before,” says Nicola Kettlitz, President, Coca-Cola Ltd. “The state-of-the-art technology provides unparalleled opportunities to engage and interact with consumers while we continue to provide the high quality, great tasting beverages we are known for.”

Forbes has even declared Coca Cola Freestyle as one of the coolest products of the decade. The experience is fuelled by an innovative and award-winning technology. Coca-Cola Freestyle creates brands by blending concentrated beverage ingredients with water and sweetener at the point where the beverage is dispensed. The recipes for each brand have been tested and perfected to deliver a consistent product with every selection. The technology that is leveraged in Coca-Cola Freestyle also provides significantly more flexibility in adding new beverages and helping consumers more efficiently manage their beverage business.  For you supply and demand geeks, these machines also are to transmit data to both Coca-Cola and the owner including the brands sold and flavours, and even the times of the day of the sales.

Coca Cola Freestyle is a unique way to bring fun and adventure to the Coke brand.


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Graham Robertson

Graham spent 20 years in Brand Management leading some of the world’s most beloved brands at Johnson and Johnson, General Mills and Coke, rising up to VP Marketing. In his career, he has won numerous Advertising, Innovation and Leadership awards. Graham played a major role in helping J&J win Marketing Magazine’s prestigious “Marketer of the Year” award. Graham brings a reputation for challenging brand leaders to think differently and to be more strategically focused. Graham founded Beloved Brands in 2010, to help brands find growth and make brand leaders smarter. He leads workshops to help define your Brand Positioning, build your brand’s Big Idea, and write strategic Brand Plans that motivate and focus everyone that works on the brand. Our Beloved Brands training programs will help your team, produce exceptionally smart work work that drives stronger brand growth and profits. We cover everything a brand leader needs to know including strategic thinking, planning, positioning, execution and analytics. Our robust client roster has included the NFL Players Association, Reebok, the NBA, Acura, Shell, Miller Lite, 3M, Jack Link’s and Pfizer. His weekly brand stories have generated over 5 million views.


Karen robertson · July 8, 2012 at 8:29 am

Just took Pepsi zero challenge and picked coke. I apologized and they said don’t feel bad and they gave me a pepsi coupon.

Kenneth Daniels · July 8, 2012 at 4:05 pm

One of the things which makes this device so compelling from a marketing perspective is how it has gotten people talking, and most everything you hear is positive. No doubt this story is great on face value, but when one digs a little deeper it gets even better.

Felicity PR (@Felicity_PR) · July 9, 2012 at 10:00 am

You’ve really captured what Freestyle does: it heightens the experience of drinking a Coke. In the hyper-competitive beverage category, Coke stands out for being so much more than just a beverage, which is what makes it a Beloved brand.

momversusmarketer · July 13, 2012 at 10:39 am

In an age where one to one interactions and individual customization is the expectation, Coke has really hit the mark with this one! I can only imagine the internal debate around ‘fussing with the formula’ in order to achieve the flavour options, but good for the top brass at Coke for taking a leap of faith. This execution makes you feel like a kid again and reminds you that Coke has been a beloved brand since you WERE at kid!

Mmabatho · July 18, 2012 at 7:14 am

here is to a cool fun experience with the brand into the future!

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