The days when PEPSI used to merely be an aerated drink are far behind. This popular cola drink from the cola giant PepsiCo has evolved into a symbol, an icon of young India. The drink actually has an identity that people can relate too. PEPSI began as most other brands do, with regular celebrity endorsements from some of the favourite celebrities in Bollywood and on the cricketing scene. These endorsements helped the brand get popular and increased its market share tremendously. Some of the well known faces that have backed this brand include Shahrukh Khan, Sachin Tendulkar, Kareena Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Ranbir Kapoor, MS Dhoni and many more. All of these faces have had a very significant impact on the youth of India and therefore they served as ideal brand ambassadors.
PEPSI is one of the only aerated drinks in the country that seems to back almost every major event in the country. The industry that it seems to be the most obvious in is cricket. The drink has almost always been a major if not a title sponsor in all the major cricketing events in the country. The drink uses this sport as leverage and it shows support even through television commercials etc. The best example of this would be the ‘men in blue’ commercial during the last World Cup. Every time there is an international cricket tournament, the company brings out an advertisement to pledge their support to India.
A youth movement is perhaps the only soft drink in the country that has identified itself with the youth so much that it has even coined the name ‘youngistaan’. This means Young Hindustan. This movement is meant to make the youth of the nation identify with the drink, hence making it more popular with them. This popularity will obviously increase the sales and marketing figures considerably given that most of the population of India is the youth.