Coca-Cola Great Britain launches its new multimedia platform, Coca-Cola Journey. With a greater focus on storytelling, the platform will bring together all aspects of Coca-Cola for the first time, from what the brand is doing, as well as the Company, both locally and globally. It replaces Coca-Cola.co.uk which has had more than 10 million unique visitors since launching in June 2010.

Coca-Cola Journey will include original content, designed to tell the story of Coca-Cola in a fresh and engaging way. The platform will also cover universally important topics and social causes making the site a rich, socially enabled digital platform, featuring both branded and non-branded content. The editorial style of the platform focuses on providing informative content, designed to educate in a simple manner.

In Great Britain, Coca-Cola Journey will feature an interactive Q&A section allowing consumers
to read about its ingredients, products and business. Consumers will also be able to submit their own questions to the site, which will then be answered by Coca-Cola’s dedicated consumer response team.

To mark the launch of Journey, Coca-Cola Great Britain has exclusive content lined up, including:

• An inside look at Rita Ora opening the Contour bar in London’s Soho to mark 100 years of Coca-Cola’s iconic Contour bottle.

• From the launch of EKOCYCLE, will.i.am is interviewed about his ambitions for the brand, the reasons for his work with Coca-Cola and his advice for aspiring young entrepreneurs.

• A blog post from Jon Woods, General Manager of Coca-Cola Great Britain & Ireland, about the actions the brand is taking to help people reduce their sugar and calorie intake and be more physically active.

Coca-Cola’s ambition for the platform is to move to more multimedia and curated content, investing in videos and graphics, and to work with a range of journalists, bloggers and writers.

“Journey is the anchor of our digital storytelling strategy, sitting at the heart of our online ecosystem to foster engagement around our brands and our Company,” says Stanislas Magniant, Digital Communications Director, Coca-Cola North West Europe.

“The launch of Journey also gives us the opportunity to shift the way we communicate online,” Magniant continues. “Through Journey we want to bring to life the stories about our Company, our brands, our employees and our actions around the world to tell our story in its entirety. We also want to make our stories more appealing, relevant and engaging to people by using the right multimedia content to bring them to life. And it’s not just about launching a new platform – we will ensure we are reaching our audiences online though our social media channels and meet our fans where they are online, not just on our site.”

Andrew Canter, CEO of the Branded Content Marketing Association (BCMA), added: “When it comes to using branded content as a key cornerstone of their marketing strategy, Coca-Cola has been a trailblazer. They fully understand the power of storytelling, creating innovative and highly entertaining content which, in turn, translates into more happy customers and brand advocates. They have an inclusive culture that encourages people to share their experiences engendering a sense of community. This gives them a solid foundation on which their new Journey platform has been built. We congratulate them on having the courage of their convictions and their vision to continue placing content at the heart of their marketing activity."

Journey will still house corporate content such as press releases and company reports, but its layout, design and editorial focus will now more closely resemble a digital magazine rather than a traditional company website.

The launch of Journey in GB also marks the merging of the @CokeZone Twitter feed with @CocaCola_GB this month, with content now reaching a combined total of over 100k followers.

Coca-Cola launched Journey in the US in 2012 and is available in Germany, Morocco, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Russia, Spain and Ukraine.

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About Coca-Cola Great Britain:
Coca-Cola Great Britain is responsible for marketing 19 brands and over 100 products to consumers across Great Britain. Led by Coca-Cola, one of the world's most valuable and recognisable brands, our company portfolio includes Fanta, Sprite, Dr Pepper, Oasis, glaceau vitaminwater, glaceau smartwater, Schweppes, 5 Alive, Lilt, Kia Ora and Powerade. For more information about Coca-Cola in Great Britain, please visit our website at www.coca-cola.co.uk.  

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