Coke uses ads to thank consumers for ‘Share a Coke’ success

Coca-Cola has launched activity thanking consumers for taking part in this summer’s Share a Coke campaign, as data reveals the initiative has lifted both sales and consumer perception of the brand over the period.

Coke Thank You Share A Coke

The brand has taken out ads on the back page of today’s (11 September) Metro newspaper and on digital out of home sites using photos sent in to the company by consumers displaying bottles of Coca-Cola with their names on and some of its experiential activity. Text states: “Thanks for sharing a Coke with us this summer”.

Coca-Cola is also preparing a thank-you video to appear on its Facebook page, supported by paid media.

The “Share a Coke” activity launched in earnest towards the end of April and saw Coca-Cola replace its branding with the country’s most popular forenames across hundreds of millions of packs.

Coca-Cola ramped up the activity throughout the summer with a TV ad, a Google+ Hangout with musician Conor Maynard, a partnership with Ocado and by touring the country with kiosks and vending machines offering an on-site printing service so consumers could print any name on-pack.

Jon Woods, managing director of Coca-Cola Great Britain and Ireland, told Marketing Week ahead of Share a Coke’s launch he hoped the campaign would replicate similar activity that took place in Australia and New Zealand last summer, by boosting engagement with the brand and growing sales.

Data suggests the activity has had the desired effect, helping Coca-Cola outperform the market on several measures.

Coca-Cola’s value sales increased 4.93 per cent year on year to £765 million in the 52 weeks to 17 August, according to IRI Worldwide data. Sales of all colas in the UK grew 2.75 per cent, all carbonates 3.11 per cent and the total soft drinks market’s value sales increased 2.36 per cent in the period.

Volume sales for the Coca-Cola brand grew 3.88 per cent, apparently stealing share from all carbonates, which marked a 0.44 per cent decrease in volume during the 52-week period, IRI Worldwide says. The total soft drinks market’s volume sales grew just 0.98 per cent.

Meanwhile, consumer sentiment towards the Coca-Cola brand appears to have shifted towards the positive end of the scale during the campaign.

Coca-Cola’s Index score – YouGov BrandIndex’s average of perception measures including impression, quality, value, reputation, satisfaction and recommendation – rose from 9.6 on the first day of the campaign (30 April) to 12.4 on 10 September.

The brand’s “Buzz” score – BrandIndex’s measure of the positive and negative things said about the brand – is up slightly from -1.1 as the campaign began to 0.1 on 10 September, although its score rose to 6.7 during the peak of the campaign mid-summer.

Latest from Marketing Week


Access Marketing Week’s wealth of insight, analysis and opinion that will help you do your job better.

Register and receive the best content from the only UK title 100% dedicated to serving marketers' needs.

We’ll ask you just a few questions about what you do and where you work. The more we know about our visitors, the better and more relevant content we can provide for them. And, yes, knowing our audience better helps us find commercial partners too. Don't worry, we won't share your information with other parties, unless you give us permission to do so.

Register now


Our award winning editorial team (PPA Digital Brand of the Year) ask the big questions about the biggest issues on everything from strategy through to execution to help you navigate the fast moving modern marketing landscape.


From the opportunities and challenges of emerging technology to the need for greater effectiveness, from the challenge of measurement to building a marketing team fit for the future, we are your guide.


Information, inspiration and advice from the marketing world and beyond that will help you develop as a marketer and as a leader.

Having problems?

Contact us on +44 (0)20 7292 3703 or email

If you are looking for our Jobs site, please click here