Pepsi Kicks Off New Year With ‘That's What I Like’ Campaign, Marking Brand’s First U.S. Tagline In Two Decades

Posted On: 1/6/2020

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PURCHASE, NY -- With the new year officially here and everyone vowing to restrictive resolutions, Pepsi wants to usher in the new decade a bit differently -- by encouraging consumers to unapologetically do what they enjoy, even in the face of others' judgement. 

Today, the brand is debuting "That's What I Like," its first U.S.-based tagline in over two decades, and after previous iconic taglines such as "The Choice of the New Generation" and "The Joy of Cola." "That's What I Like" will appear across new Pepsi, Pepsi Zero Sugar and Diet Pepsi advertisements and promotions indefinitely, beginning with the rollout of five new national television commercials.

"Pepsi has always been a brand associated with enjoyment -- from barbeques, to baseball games, to meals with family and friends.  And we know that our most loyal Pepsi drinkers take that enjoyment up a notch, so it is no surprise that they are more likely than non-Pepsi drinkers to belt out a karaoke song, binge-watch their favorite shows, or wear their team jerseys to a rival's home game," said Pepsi vice-president of marketing Todd Kaplan. "We created this campaign to pay homage to this unapologetic mindset embraced by our most loyal fans, with a music-forward expression to pinpoint the feeling our consumers have when they genuinely enjoy themselves in an uninhibited way."

"We've worked extensively to evolve and deepen our understanding of the Pepsi consumer," added Pepsi senior director of insights and analytics Joe McHugh. "By leveraging both broad qualitative and quantitative research, we've unlocked rich consumer learnings that have enabled us to finetune our brand communications in a meaningful way that resonates with our unapologetically passionate and loyal Pepsi drinkers."

The new TV ads spotlight various everyday people getting lost in a moment and finding themselves dancing in unexpected places or situations, despite the amused gaze of onlookers. Each spot is underpinned by a variety of upbeat music spanning hip-hop, dance hall, Latin pop tracks and more.