|Water Ads and the Rising Tide in the Bottled Water Market|
|Key Words||Ads, market, products, brands, images, consumers|
PepsiCo's ads to promote its Aquafina brand of water promise "nothing." Aquafina is purified water devoid of the minerals that other bottled waters and tap water contain. In the ads, simplicity is the watchword. Aquafina is featured on white space, with camera shots showing an open, cold, Aquafina bottle, rainbows of water pouring from it, and droplets of water. Lisa Kudrow, one of the actors on Friends, adds some of her trademark quirky remarks, such as, "So, with this and, you know, a little deodorant, I think we've got this whole summer thing beat." Last year's campaign emphasized the wellness benefits of bottled water; this year, the theme is that water is accessible to everyone, not fancy and spa-like.
Aquafina is increasingly important to PepsiCo. The bottled water market
is growing fast, while the carbonated soft drink market is sluggish. Aquafina
is the number one seller, but Coke's Dasani brand is number three and
is catching up fast. Coke's campaign promotes Dasani, a mineral-enhanced
purified water, as good for wellness and inner beauty. The two companies
intend that their bottled water products become brands with powerful images
that cause consumers to see a difference between the two. They expect
that the market will shake out, and they each wish to dominate it.
(Updated September 1, 2001)
|Source||Betsy McKay, "PepsiCo Bases Water Ads on 'Nothing'," The Wall Street Journal, June 25, 2001.|
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