Coca-Cola is putting a modern spin on a trope from daytime soaps by having a brother and sister both lust after the pool boy in its latest ad.
It’s one of four new spots for “Taste the Feeling,” Coca-Cola’s global campaign that launched in 2016 as part of its “One Brand” strategy, which unites advertising for Coca-Cola, Coke Zero, Diet Coke and Coca-Cola Light, and Coca-Cola Life.
Brand: Coca Cola
Release: March, 2017
In “Pool Boy,” the siblings stare out the window longingly at the handsome young man cleaning their pool. They both race outside, nearly tripping over each other, to offer him a Coke, only to find that someone else in the family has already beaten them to it.
“Let’s face it, Mom always knows better, and she not only got to the pool boy before them both, but she also fixed a sandwich for the guy,” said Rodolfo Echeverria, global vp of creative and connections at Coca-Cola. “It’s a human story, and Coca-Cola is at the center.”
All “Taste the Feeling” ads are designed to translate globally with simple stories, little to no dialogue and universal themes. Different versions often are shot for different regions of the world, changing only the casting for North America-Europe, Africa and Asia.
“The less people talk, the better,” Echeverria said. “We save money on translating, and the image is self-explanatory.”
For instance, in another new spot, “Elevator,” a hotel housekeeper and a rap star who get stuck in a hotel elevator make the best of it by dancing and drinking Coke.
While “Pool Boy” promotes diversity and inclusion for the LGBT community, “Elevator” is designed to bridge the class divide. “We’re bridging the extremes of the social divide, but in a subtle way,” Echeverria said. “We’re not going to make these messages the subject, but rather the subtext.”
The other two new spots also celebrate simple moments, with Coca-Cola at the center of each story. “Subway” shows a music executive discovering the next big star at a transit station, while “Eyes Closed” celebrates the moments that are better experienced with your eyes closed.
“They’re about how drinking Coca-Cola makes everyday moments more special,” Echeverria said. “The stories like boy meets girl, sibling rivalry or getting stuck in an elevator with a stranger are universal.”