The Coca Cola Company

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Coca-Cola INTRODUCTION Coca-Cola has been around for generations with the same iconic taste, logo and symbolism. Its brand has represented family and the memories of good times, celebrations and comfort of being with those we love. Unfortunately, the company has not made good marketing decisions in the recent past and has lost relevancy. The purpose of this essay is to assess the conditions that created Coca-Colas marketing problems, evaluate the future of healthy beverages and non-carb drink brand extensions, and provide recommendations to the management. COCA-COLA BACKGROUND The Coca - Cola Company began its legacy in 1886. Dr. John Pemberton, a pharmacist from Atlanta, created the patented Coca - Cola syrup for sale in fountain…show more content…
They have succeeded in focusing on the brand image, customer retention and adding social and ethical benefits to every bottle they sell (, 2014). “In advertising, everything depends on strategy applied on the market, which is adjusted to the positioning” (Moraru, 2010). Innovation is much more than taking a current beverage and repackaging it with different flavors. It also means more than boosting Coca-Cola Classic sales (Cravens, 2009). “New formulations could potentially serve as the basis for future advertising efforts, while providing shelter from health critics and politicians who blame soda for the nation's obesity epidemic” (Schultz, 2013). New formulations and brand extensions will help consumers that are no longer purchasing the brand to try new flavors or brand products, have a positive experience, and then hopefully return to the purchasing of previous products also (Bloomberg Businessweek, 2005). The innovation strategy should strengthen the brand. Despite being a billion dollar 125 year company that is a household name around the world, Coca-Cola has had to cope with unexpected situations and variation of positioning based upon the main competitions movements, Pepsi. According to Trout and Reis, (2001, p. 10) “Truth is irrelevant. What matters are the perceptions that exist in the mind.” This is a thinking process called outside-in

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