Video Vender Transforms Simple Transactions into Brand Interactions; 7 Awards Garnered at Prestigious Industry Event
ATLANTA – A new interactive Coca-Cola vending machine with a large format touch-screen and Bluetooth capabilities has taken home the Gold Lion in the Point of Sale category at the 2009 Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival. The festival, widely considered as the world’s premier showcase for excellence in advertising and design, concluded over the weekend in Cannes, France.
The video vender, which debuted at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and is now in select Simon Malls throughout the United States, integrates a Samsung 46-inch LCD touch screen into the front of a Coca-Cola vending machine. The large-format display combined with Flash technology, motion graphics, high-definition video and Bluetooth capabilities for mobile downloads, creates a uniquely immersive experience for consumers.
“The video vending machine incorporates sight, sound and motion video to take the vending experience from transaction to true interaction,” said Anthony Phillips, global marketing manager, The Coca-Cola Company.
The new venders were developed by The Coca-Cola Company in partnership with Samsung, a leading technology innovation company, and interactive marketing agency Sapient.
David Butler, vice president, Global Design, The Coca-Cola Company, said “The video vending machine is a great example of our approach to creating value and innovation through design. We created a user-friendly touch screen interface that can be very functional when we need it to be, but also drive emotional connections for our brands.”
The award is further recognition for the Company’s design efforts, building on the 2008 success; when the Company won the Design Grand Prix – the competition’s best in show award – for Coca-Cola’s new visual identity system. Last year marked the first year that Cannes incorporated a design category into its Lions awards program.
Mr. Butler added “We are honored that our efforts in design are being recognized by one of the most prestigious festivals in the industry. We are very focused on building on our strong design legacy to drive competitive advantage for our brands.”
Along with its impressive showing in the design category, the Company garnered recognition for its marketing achievements across a wide span of media channels, including online, outdoor and film. Notably, a 12-minute video created for Schweppes picked up Gold Lion in the Viral Advertising category. Titled “Signs”, the video tells a simple story of love between two people who communicate across office blocks using hand held signs. Within weeks of appearing on YouTube, the video had been viewed over half a million times, making it onto the top 10 most viewed viral films on YouTube worldwide.
Jonathan Mildenhall, Global Advertising Strategy and Creative Excellence, The Coca-Cola Company, who hosted a seminar for up-and-coming creatives at the Cannes event, said “Creating compelling communications for one of the world’s most valuable brands, across a mix of media, requires a balance of art and science. We consider this great recognition for our work as testament to our strong focus on producing creative that engages, excites and connects with the millions of people who consume our products every day.”
The Coca-Cola Company’s complete list of 2009 Cannes Lions includes:
Gold – Design, Point of Sale – Multi-Media Coke Machine;
Gold – Viral Advertising, Schweppes “Signs”;
Silver – Best use of other media, Fanta “Stealth Sound”;
Bronze – Film, Coca-Cola “Encounter”
Bronze – Websites & Microsites, Coca-Cola “Encounter”;
Bronze – Best use of Ambient Media: Large Scale, Coca-Cola “Illumina La Citta Di Milano”;
Bronze – Media, Coca-Cola, “Destapados”.
About The Coca-Cola Company
The Coca-Cola Company is the world’s largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with nearly 500 sparkling and still brands. Along with Coca-Cola, recognized as the world’s most valuable brand, the Company’s portfolio includes 12 other billion dollar brands, including Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Coca-Cola Zero, vitaminwater, POWERADE, Minute Maid and Georgia Coffee. Globally, we are the No. 1 provider of sparkling beverages, juices and juice drinks and ready-to-drink teas and coffees. Through the world’s largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy the Company’s beverages at a rate of nearly 1.6 billion servings a day. With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our Company is focused on initiatives that protect the environment, conserve resources and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate. For more information about our Company, please visit our Web site at www.thecoca-colacompany.com.