Dr Pepper today launches a new digital marketing campaign, targeting its core 16 to 24 audience with a fun pick-a-path comedy adventure, created by a roster of YouTube stars.

The campaign, created by MediaCom Beyond Advertising and Channel Flip, will offer a fresh take on Dr Pepper’s iconic ‘What’s The Worst That Could Happen?’ creative, working with popular YouTube channel presenters as media partners to produce the video epic.

Comedian and YouTuber Stuart Ashen (known as ‘Ashens’) will front the video and is joined by a raft of popular vloggers[1] including Dan Howell and Phil Lester - two of the most popular YouTubers in the world. With guest stars appearing throughout the video, which went live today, Dr Pepper is expecting to reach a potential audience of 7.5million channel subscribers via the partnership.


The creative captures the essence of ‘What’s The Worst That Could Happen?’ with Ashens going on a fun and hilariously awkward adventure to retrieve a stolen sofa.  Fans will be able to interact throughout and help decide what happens to Ashens as he tries to find it.

Fans will also be encouraged to tweet @DrPepper GB to share their own embarrassing ‘What’s The Worst That Could Happen?’ stories in return for prizes. These range from free can giveaways to cinema and Thorpe Park tickets.

Dr Pepper also has a native advertising partnership with Buzzfeed planned for launch week this week, driving awareness of the campaign amongst the publisher’s huge comedy-loving readership.

The campaign emphasis on online video reflects the fact that it is now the key channel for the brand as its target 16 to 24 age group spends more time than ever before consuming online video content. 74 per cent of this age group watched online or downloaded short video clips such as music video or comedy clips in 2013/14[2].

" Dr Pepper has a well-established and successful concept with ‘What’s The Worst That Could Happen?’ and it is great to be able to give it a new digital twist with this YouTuber media partnership. This fun and creative new campaign offers teens and young adults the opportunity to enjoy the playful side of life in their favourite online environment." Christina Lecky, Coca-Cola's NWEN Brand Manager

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Notes to editors:

[1] The full list of vloggers involved is:


[2] Ofcom 2013/14 consumer media consumption survey.

About Coca-Cola Great Britain:

Coca-Cola Great Britain is responsible for marketing 22 brands and over 100 products to consumers across Great Britain, with a focus upon developing new brands and extending existing brands including Coca-Cola. Other Coca-Cola Great Britain brands include Diet Coke, Coke Zero, Fanta, Sprite, Dr Pepper, Oasis, Glaceau vitaminwater, glaceau smartwater, Oasis, Schweppes, 5 Alive, Lilt, Kia Ora, Relentless Energy Drink and Powerade. The Coca-Cola Great Britain portfolio is worth £2,095 million with value sales growth of 4.8% in the past year. Within this, the My Coke trilogy (Coca-Cola, Diet Coke and Coke Zero) is worth £1,162 million (Nielsen, w/c 20/04/13). Coca-Cola Great Britain is committed to developing innovative, responsible and sustainable initiatives that help protect the environment. Recently, the Coca-Cola system launched its PlantBottle™ plastic made from up to 22.5% plant-based materials. For more information about Coca-Cola in Great Britain, please visit our website at www.coca-cola.co.uk.

For more information about this campaign, please contact:

Andy May, 0203 524 1119