Snapping a 23-year streak on the gridiron, PepsiCo ‘s beverages will sit out Super Bowl XLIV, as the soft-drink and snack giant puts its advertising muscle behind a new cause-related marketing program.
The move is an about-face for Pepsi, which was the biggest advertiser on last year’s broadcast of the big game and has long made the National Football League championship the centerpiece of its marketing strategy. Pepsi has used the event, TV’s priciest showcase for ads, to launch splashy spots starring celebrities such as Britney Spears, Cindy Crawford and Ozzy Osbourne.
“In 2010, each of our beverage brands has a strategy and marketing platform that will be less about a singular event,” says Frank Cooper, senior vice president of PepsiCo Americas Beverages. However, Doritos, a PepsiCo snack brand, will advertise during the game broadcast.