Coca-Cola to introduce the 'hug machine' campaign across Asia

MUMBAI: Riding high on the popularity of its ‘Coca Cola Hug Machine’ experiment in Singapore the Coca-Cola Company has decided to launch the campaign across Asia. Ogilvy & Mather will join Coca -Cola in this endeavour.

The regional initiative, which is part of Coca-Cola Company’s global marketing campaign ‘Open Happiness’, started from Singapore where people were surprised to see a regular-looking Coca-Cola vending machine, with the words ‘hug me’ in large letters on the front. Those bold enough to embrace the machine were rewarded with cans of ice-cold Coca-Cola and left with huge smiles on their faces.

A global creative campaign launched in 2009, Open Happiness invites people around the world to bring positivity, optimism and fun into their lives. At the core of the campaign the message is for consumers to open a Coke and share a little happiness.

The Coca-Cola Company ASEAN IMC director Leonardo O’Grady said, “Happiness is contagious. The Coca-Cola Hug Machine is a simple idea to spread some happiness. Our strategy is to deliver doses of happiness in an unexpected, innovative way to engage not only the people present, but the audience at large. Whether you were hugging the machine or experiencing the event online, our goal was the same - to put a smile on your face and share that emotional connection. Reactions were amazing… people really had fun with it and at one point we had four to five people hugging the machine at the same time as well as each other! In fact, there was a long line of people looking to give hugs – it was really heartwarming.”

Ogilvy & Mather Asia Pacific regional business director Louise Kuegler said, “We’re excited to work with The Coca-Cola Company in delivering what is really a very simple idea. All you need to do is give the Coca-Cola Hug Machine a hug and it will love you back, by giving you a free Coke. Something simple and engaging, that lifts people’s spirits and brings a smile to their face.”

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