Pepsi Won't Field Super Bowl Ads

Beverage maker focusing on integrated digital campaign instead
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 18, 2009 10:21 AM CST
Pepsi Won't Field Super Bowl Ads
The Pepsi logo is shown at the entrance of the Pepsi-Cola Metropolitan Bottling Company in Miami.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Pepsi will end its 23-year advertising presence on the Super Bowl telecast to focus on a cross-platform marketing push with a strong digital component. The company was quick to spin the retreat, which will leave the broadcast wide open to archrival Coca-Cola. “The Super Bowl broadcast can be an amazing stage,” an exec says. “However, brands should not blindly anchor themselves to history.”

Pepsi marketing in the new year “will be less about a singular event, less about a moment, more about a movement,” the exec tells Advertising Age. Rhetoric aside, the company appears to be hedging its bets. It will have a robust physical presence in Miami, and Pepsi’s Americas chief said recently new Gatorade products will be rolled out—on the sidelines, of course. (Read more Pepsi stories.)

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