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Creating brands is key to success amid the rise of online retailers, says Coca-Cola CMO

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Javier Meza, CMO of sparkling at Coca-Cola, says creating brands and engendering loyalty among consumers is key to success amid the rise of online retailers such as Amazon.

Creating brands is key to success amid the rise of online retailers, says Coca-Cola CMO

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ByBy Molly FlemingMolly Fleming 27 Nov 201827 Nov 20187:00 am7:00 am
Creating brands and engendering loyalty among consumers is key to success amid the
rise of online retailers such as Amazon, according to one of Coca-Cola’s top
marketers.
Speaking exclusively to Marketing Week, Javier Meza, CMO of sparkling at Coca-Cola,
says: “The only way to remain in business is creating brands. The moment we stop
creating brands then the e-retailers are going to rule.”
He adds: “The moment people stop deciding they want a Coke then Amazon is going
to decide the brand they have.”
Meza was speaking on his first day in the CMO role at a press event in Atlanta, US,
organised by Coca-Cola earlier this month. He has spent more than 20 years at the
company, the last 18 months as vice-president of marketing for Asia Pacific.
He discussed how Coca-Cola is becoming more nimble when it comes to innovation.
For example, in Japan the company is launching two products per week, with each
launch monitored for six weeks before it decides whether to roll it out more widely or
shelve the idea.
The moment the pace of change outside the company is higher than inside, then you start to lose.The moment the pace of change outside the company is higher than inside, then you start to lose.
Javier Meza, Coca-Cola
Meza explains: “One of the things the Japan business has done is to understand very
quickly which products have the chance to be maintained and which have to be
removed.”
Faster innovation is one of CEO James Quincey’s key areas of focus as he looks to keep
the business on top of new trends and changing consumer demands. That has
involved changing the culture of the drinks giant to become more like a startup.
“The moment the pace of change outside the company is higher than inside, then you
start to lose,” says Meza.
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He adds: “It’s a change of mindset and that’s what James is pushing us to do and I’ve
seen more and more of that in Coca-Cola. For example, with the Coca-Cola brand
we’ve done Coke with coffee, with ginger and we now have Coke with cinnamon
coming in Europe.
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