Pepsi have launched themselves into the social media arena in the US, choosing to announce and show the new can/brand ID online. “You heard it here first” on http://friendfeed.com/rooms/pepsicooler being the quote from Peter Shankman (here) in the feed.
Steve Rubel who had helped Pepsi launch this outlines (http://www.micropersuasion.com/2008/10/join-us-in-the.html) the effort was done to promote ‘two-way dialogue and collaboration’ and was timed to coincide with the launch of the new Pepsi brand identity (http://adage.com/article?article_id=132016).
This is pretty big news as far as we’re concerned as the marketing beast Pepsi show their faith in digital as the medium of choice for the launch of their new brand, and social media as the channel. This is the first change to their identity since 1987.