zoe howorth

Speaking at Marketing Week Live in London today (27 June), Howorth stressed the importance of in-store marketing and packaging design.

“We never forget what it feels like to walk down the aisle at Tesco or go to the corner shop and the effort we put into point-of-purchase.”

Howorth adds that strong pack design is also key in a campaign that may be shared online. “The more it is shared, the more it disappears, so you need a strong visual identity.

“If you don’t have those real-world experiences, how will [consumers] post on Facebook and have those life-time memories?” Howorth added.

Coke, which is a worldwide Olympic partner, is sponsoring the torch relay and backing this with more than 60 concerts on each of the days of its leg of the route.

The tough economic climate and poor summer weather in the UK has affected sales, she admitted, in spite of its marketing efforts. The torch relay, however, is helping to ‘kick off momentum’ sales-wise, she added.

Meanwhile, Howorth admitted that it underestimated the time it would take to create its Olympic ‘story’ and that it should have started sooner. Its music-themed “Move to the Beat” activity features producer Mark Ronson.

She added the team is feeling tired with the amount of content it is creating around the Games. It has put together 60 pieces of content, compared to six, which it created during its sponsorship of the 2006 World Cup.