In Perfect Harmony: Mad Men Finale

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The Real Story Behind ‘Mad Men’s’ ‘I’d Like to Buy the World a Coke’ Ad

(Warning: spoilers) John Jurgensen writes: For Don Draper, enlightenment apparently came in the form of the perfect advertising pitch. After sinking to the depths of anguish, loss and emptiness in the series finale of Mad Men,” Don ended up in lotus position, bathed in sunshine on a hillside, with a sphinx-like smile on his face. Cut to a grainy 1971 commercial for Coca-Cola, one of the most famous TV spots in advertising history.

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The implication (which sharp viewers predicted, after so many Coke allusions in recent episodes) was that Don would return to McCann Erickson with a brilliant idea in hand for a commercial featuring a multiracial cast singing about a world living in “perfect harmony,” thanks to a particular soda.

In fact, the real-life person behind the idea was a creative director at McCann Erickson named Bill Backer…(read more)

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China: Coca Cola Poster, 1948

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IT’S FRIDAY! Have a Refreshment

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Coca Cola ad, 1947


Vintage Chinese Coca Cola Ad

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Delicious!

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Something is wrong with my Coke

Brand integrity issues in Hong Kong. Exhibit A: Bottled Coca Cola appears somewhat questionable.

Brand integrity issues in Hong Kong. Exhibit A: Bottled Coca Cola appears somewhat questionable.

“Just goes to prove that it is really tough to manage your channel when you are one of the biggest. Not going to buy my Coke here.”

Is this the new, new Coke? –The Butcher

Brilliantly documented by emba_ron

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