Nov 24, 2009
Coca-Cola Zero Immerses Itself in the World of ‘Avatar’
The Coca-Cola Co.’s Coca-Cola Zero brand has teamed with Twentieth Century Fox on a major worldwide promotional campaign for “Titanic” director James Cameron’s upcoming epic, “Avatar.” Slated to launch in over 30 countries, the partnership will allow consumers unique access to exclusive and authentic content from the groundbreaking film in several innovative ways. The movie is set to in theaters around the globe Dec. 18.
“‘Avatar’ shares the same aspirational, edgy and unconventional brand values as Coca-Cola Zero,” noted Chip York, worldwide entertainment marketing director at Atlanta-based Coca-Cola. “Working so closely with the studio and filmmakers has allowed us to create authentic and exclusive content that provides fans’ unique access into the world, deepening their ‘Avatar’ experience.”
To provide consumers with inside dish on the movie, the Coca-Cola Zero’s digital team worked with the studio and filmmakers to develop www.AVTR.com, which will feature regular “live” journalist reports from the fictional moon of Pandora, offering a sneak peek into the spectacular world of “Avatar.” Additionally, site visitors will be able to access exclusive film-related imagery, wallpapers, games and applications, along with regularly updated, real-time “Avatar” news.
“‘Avatar’ will provide a unique immersive experience for moviegoers, and this promotion with Coca-Cola Zero will bring fans even deeper into the amazing world of Pandora and James Cameron’s vision,” said Jon Landau, the producer of the movie, along with Cameron.
Further, through augmented reality (AR) technology — a Web-based application enabling users to interact with 3D motion graphics — Coke Zero drinkers can engage with the movie on a uniquely visceral level. By holding a promotional pack of “Avatar”-branded Coca-Cola Zero cans before a webcam, visiting AVTR.com or taking a picture of the activating AVTR mark or Coca-Cola Zero logo with certain camera phones, consumers will be able to access the technology, which will allow them to use a computer keyboard to trigger such actions as shooting a missile, or flying the helicopter and firing its guns. AVTR.com will direct visitors to activate one of the above-mentioned symbols with their webcam to start the experience.
In another exclusive, Coca-Cola Zero and Twentieth Century Fox have created a TV commercial and cinema spot, both featuring film footage and promoting the partnership. The ad shows a young man at his computer, who drinks from a can of Coke Zero out of a special “Avatar”-branded pack, and then is transported to Pandora via AR technology. The commercial debuted in movie theaters last month and on TV Nov. 14.
Other elements of the comprehensive campaign include exclusive, limited-edition Real D 3D glasses and movie theater concession programs and promotions featuring branded cups and popcorn bags with the AVTR mark that can be used to activate the AR experience.
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