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  • 01.15.13

Pepsi Or Coke: Which Commercial Perks Up The Cat Ears

Do audiences prefer familiar campaigns or something new? To find out, we watched competing 60-second spots while donning Necomimi cat ears.

Pepsi Or Coke: Which Commercial Perks Up The Cat Ears

On February 3, Super Bowl advertisers will face a big question: Do audiences prefer familiar campaigns or something new? To find out, Fast Company‘s Jillian Goodman donned a pair of Necomimi cat ears–which read brain waves and perk up as attention piques–then watched competing 60-second spots from 2012.

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Pepsi

PREMISE: Elton John is an evil king who withholds Pepsi from his subjects, until X Factor winner Melanie Amaro defeats him.


0:07 | Curious
The spot opens inside a packed castle full of elaborate costumes. It’s intriguing.


0:27 | Disappointed
Amaro bursts forth–drama! cat ears like!–then starts singing. Yawn. Cat ears down.


0:53 | Mildly interested
Amaro fells King Elton, drinks Pepsi with crowd. Knew it was coming. Ears only twitch.

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0:58 | Hey now!
Biggest surprise of the spot: Flavor Flav cameo! Ears dart straight up.

Grade: B
Highs and lows, but not surprising enough to keep full attention

Coca-Cola

PREMISE: One of the brand’s polar bears tosses a Coke to another bear, but the catch is fumbled and sets off a football-style scrum.


0:15 | Perk up
After a dull setup of bears lounging around, the physical comedy sets in. Brain is alert.

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0:27 | Meh
The bears are still crashing into each other. More of the same. Brain is drifting away.


0:41 | Sorta intrigued
Bear catches the Coke. Plot resolved. Finally, something new. Ears wiggle a bit.


0:50 | Eh, never mind
Oh, he’s just going to stand there and enjoy his Coke? Attention lost.

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Sharon E. Sutton, FAIA, is an activist architecture educator and scholar who promotes inclusivity in the cultural makeup of her profession and in the populations it serves.

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