Pepsi India has rolled out a quirky mini web series to promote its recently launched offering 'Mini Can'. The new product is a bite sized packaging that provides 150 ml cola drink in a stylish can priced at Rs 15. Mini Can has been available both online and in brick-and-mortar stores since March. The product, the company claims, is perfect for individual consumption and its petite packaging makes it travel-friendly.
The first film shows the mafia boss in a discussion with his right hand man about his successor. When Cornell says he should succeed the boss, stating that the boss' son is 'a fool', a rather shocked Mr Can appreciates his honesty.
A test of honesty among three young men follows. They are asked to create a pyramid with Pepsi Mini Cans, blindfolded. Two of them complete the task, while the third says he could see through his blindfold, and hence, couldn't cheat to complete the task.
The other two episodes in the series highlight the importance of loyalty, among other things, in a quirky manner.
Pepsi has always been ahead of the curve when it comes to creating popular culture and reflecting youth trends in the country both in it's mainstream communication and platform specific ideas such as Mini Can content idea of the Pepsi Mini Series, says Senthil Kumar, chief creative officer, JWT.
"We set out to create engaging content for today's content hungry youth, an always on audience that is sharing, searching, downloading and binge-watching daily content," he explains.
The Mini Series, he notes, is not traditional pure play advertising but rather an unprecedented storytelling format, with memorable characters and a compelling narrative - all crafted for universal appeal.
Uploaded on Pepsi's official YouTube channel on March 18, all three films have crossed over four lakh views so far.
Set to succeed?
Giving a perspective on the product, brand guru and advisor at AKG Technologies Prabhakar Mundkur, feels the Pepsi Mini Can is a great idea.
Mundkur also feels that the quantity provided (150 ml) is satisfactory and adequate for consumers to quench their thirst.
Talking about the communication, Rajiv Dingra, founder and CEO, WATConsult, finds the campaign different for a beverage brand especially in the cola space. The execution, he says, targets the youth, and hence, the choice of the digital medium.
"The use of an international look does give Pepsi Mini a premium feel," Dingra points out, though he feels that the length of the films could have been shorter and crisper.
Sidharth Shukla, head -- digital strategy and social media, Cheil India, believes that Pepsi has pulled off great content marketing. The international look of the series is not a downer.
"Yes, localisation is important, but that should not mean that every creative asset which rolls out needs to be localised. YouTube in particular, plays a crucial role, at least globally, within the digital ecosystem for Pepsi, and the mini-series caters to that objective," he notes.
Shukla feels using a 'mafia boss' persona to deliver the life lessons, but in a light-hearted, witty manner works well.
"And, as can be seen by consumer response to the videos, they are being appreciated substantially, especially the dance film," he concludes.