Thursday, February 10, 2011

Pepsi diet - now in the new, and debated 'skinny' can

 In todays Resume the new Pepsi 'skinny' can is mentioned.  I'm a firm believer in the power of attractive packaging and packaging design that's fully aligned with the brand proposition. And I think the new Pepsi 'skinny' can is just that. It's a modern and sleek packaging targeted at a group of consumers who care about their appearance and the stylishness of products. So what is so wrong about that? Well, the reason the new 'skinny' can causes a bit of outrage in media is of course the play on the word 'skinny' and its obvious linkages to this body ideal. There must of course be a specific reason for the use of the 'skinny' word in marketing communications. Pepsi knows that it will cause a debate, and thus.... lots of extra media and social media coverage for the new bottle and design. Is this ethical? Hmmm, well Pepsi don't seem to mind that much. And ethical or not, I'm sure it will be profitable. So, from my perspective this can be summarised as great design, great packaging but with debatable marcoms and corporate ethics.
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