Coca-Cola is going global for the holidays again this year, this time with the help of international pop star Natasha Bedingfield. As part of a fully integrated marketing campaign, Bedingfield is putting her unique spin on the holiday anthem “Shake Up Christmas”, not just through her inspiring vocals, but through her amazing flair for languages. Bedingfield has recorded the song in a remarkable six languages – including Spanish, French, Swahili, Filipino and Ukrainian in addition to English – reflecting the truly global tradition of coming together at this special time of year, a key message of the Coca-Cola holiday campaign.
In addition to launching Bedingfield’s version of “Shake Up Christmas,” Coca-Cola is introducing new television spots, online and mobile experiences, in-store promotions and packaging. The campaign, which is an extension of the global marketing platform “Open Happiness” is set to launch this month and roll out in over 90 countries across the globe over the coming weeks.
Leveraging the success of the 2010 holiday campaign, Coca-Cola revisits the world inside Santa Claus’ snow globe where people who are bogged down by their regular day-to-day activities are brought together – over a memorable holiday tune, a special meal, or a shared bottle of Coca-Cola – to celebrate the holidays and enjoy simple moments of happiness.
The digital campaign has evolved to include new robust mobile initiatives including an application to create and share personalized Christmas greetings by cropping a photo into a dance performance to “Shake Up Christmas,” a Facebook gaming application and gifting of mobile assets, such as customized Christmas wallpaper and ringtones.
“I feel like this campaign speaks to me personally, since my career often takes me out on the road, which makes me cherish those precious moments with friends and family that much more,” explained Natasha Bedingfield. “When we gather for the holidays, one of our favorite traditions is singing holiday songs, so it’s really meaningful for me to perform a song that friends and families the world over can enjoy together.”
Bedingfield’s uplifting version of “Shake Up Christmas” was created in close collaboration with boutique innovation house Deviant Ventures and accompanies two new television commercials, produced in partnership with McCann Spain and Coca-Cola marketing teams in Germany and Mexico along with the global marketing team.
Last year, the Grammy® Award-winning band Train took the song to the top of the holiday charts in six countries and hit the top ten in another four, making it one of the most successful holiday singles of the year.
Natasha Bedingfield’s single “Shake Up Christmas” is now available on iTunes. A “mega-mix” that incorporates all six of the languages in which Bedingfield recorded the track into a single version of the song will be made available to consumers as a promotional giveaway via the Coca-Cola Facebook page at facebook.com/cocacola.
Since the release of her debut album, Unwritten, in 2006, Natasha Bedingfield has sold more than 10 million singles and albums worldwide. In 2004, “These Words” became her first UK #1 single, and was followed by worldwide smash “Unwritten” which has been certified double platinum, and became the most played track at U.S. pop radio in 2006.