Pepsi: The Like Machine

For over 50 years promo girls have been handing out samples at intersections, shopping malls and other high traffic areas, hoping consumers would buy their products. Time for a change, so Pepsi and TBWA Belgium teamed up and created The Like Machine: a vending machine that doesn't accept money, only Facebook likes. A simple, cost-efficient, interactive and very refreshing idea.

The idea of connecting through the vending machine is simple. Just use your smartphone, go to likepepsi.com, connect with your Facebook account, like the Pepsi Facebook page and get a free Pepsi.

By using the smartphone location settings, Pepsi was sure only people near the vending machine got offered a sample. People without a smartphone could tap the 42” built-in touchscreen to log in on Facebook and get a free drink as well. Once the sample was given, a timer made sure everybody was logged out.

"That there are creative minds in Belgium is no secret. The Pepsi Like Machine is another good example of that," adds Jan Verlinden, Marketing Director of PepsiCo, BeLux. Now it is possible, with a Facebook like, in real time, to get a can of Pepsi. "It’s a new way of sampling which provides us with information, so we can immediately start communicating with our target audience."

Pepsi Belgium introduced the Like Machine at the Beyoncé concerts in Antwerp.

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TBWA\Belgium is and has been a top-3 ranked agency for the last decade, and operates with the strong belief that IDEAS CREATE GROWTH. To make this happen in real life for its local and international clients, TBWA Belgium has developed and is recognised for its world class brand building and strategic capabilities. TBWA\Belgium is the most integrated communications group in Belgium, bringing many different disciplines together under 1 roof, 1 P&L and 1 culture. All of this to answer the client’s challenges in a modern, collaborative and comprehensive way.

TBWA\Belgium is the Disruption® Company: the cultural engine for the 21st century business. Disruption® is at the core of TBWA’s strategic and creative development. It is a gateway to great work and unconventional behavior. Disruption is about dismantling the status quo to create opportunities and dramatic business results for our partners.

TBWA\Belgium was elected Agency of the Year twice in the last decade and digital Agency of the Year 5 times in the last 6 years. On creative awards, we see them as a great internal motivator and it helps us recruiting new talent. So yes, we’re always in the top 5 in our market. But more importantly, we clearly stand out as the most awarded Effie agency in Belgium. The Effie Awards honour the most significant achievement in marketing communications: ideas that work. And that’s what we’re all about!

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