Technology Featured Southeast Asia

Pepsi PH’s latest AR campaign transforms soft drink cans into BLACKPINK light sticks

Manila, Philippines – As part of its Asia-Pacific campaign, soft drinks brand Pepsi and creative agency in the Philippines BBDO Guerrero have teamed up in a latest campaign that transformed Pepsi’s soft drink cans into light sticks bearing the colors and figures of popular K-pop group BLACKPINK.

BLACKPINK was unveiled as the brand ambassador in the Asia Pacific region in January this year, following thereafter the launch of the limited-edition Pepsi cans that bore each of the group’s members images namely Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa.

The campaign, launched through augmented reality (AR), is activated through a custom Instagram Stories filter, where the cans transform into the Pepsi BLACKPINK Light Sticks—giving every fan a chance to finally own a light stick and cheer for their favorite girl group.

It also comes with its own K-pop music, so fans could wave their light sticks and dance like they’re in a BLACKPINK concert. Thousands of Pepsi cans lit up during its launch, lighting up the spirits of all BLACKPINK fans stuck at home.


“When we announced BLACKPINK as Pepsi’s newest brand ambassador, we wanted fans to have the full fandom experience especially at a time where concerts aren’t the way they were before anymore. We’re very happy that BBDO Guerrero was able to deliver this,” said Mikey Rosales, marketing director at PepsiCo Philippines.

Said campaign has garnered 2.56 million engagements on Instagram, attesting to BLACKPINK’s massive popularity among its fanbase in the Philippines, one of the biggest and most passionate K-pop fandoms worldwide. 

The campaign’s launch also has a functional facet, resolving the issue of donning light sticks which are an essential part of any K-pop concert-going experience. Normally, a real commercial light stick costs at least US$40, a price most fans can’t afford. 

“We’ve seen more opportunities open up in the digital space as we went into lockdown. And this Instagram filter is something that our team developed to show how existing technology can be made into something that our clients’ fans can enjoy,” said David Guerrero, creative chairman at BBDO Guerrero.

This is not the first time Pepsi has utilized AR technology for its other campaigns, as its Malaysian arm recently partnered with Entropia EXR to to launch a concert in a Pepsi bottle, which featured Malaysian singer and actress, Siti Nordiana (Nana), together with the winners of its #PepsiBoldTalent TikTok challenge.

Platforms Featured Global

Twitter’s fan engagement feature ventures to K-pop, kicking off with BLACKPINK’s ROSÉ

Seoul, South Korea – Twitter’s #FanTweets, the platform’s exclusive fan engagement feature is venturing into K-pop, starting with BLACKPINK member ROSÉ, where fans can now engage with the artist herself through BLACKPINK’s official Twitter account

#FanTweets are a custom type of exclusive content on Twitter, where celebrities record their responses to real Tweets from fans. #FanTweets help to bring fans closer to their favorite artists and give them a chance to hear straight from the artists themselves. Also, witty, vibrant, and authentic tweets from fans will provide a different fun experience unique to #FanTweets.

Through #FanTweets, ROSÉ can reply to fan’s tweets about her new album, stage performances, life, and her dog ‘HANK’.

This comes after ROSÉ released her debut solo album ‘R’ last 12 March 2021, in which it entered the Billboard Hot 100. Her debut single ‘On the Ground’ also debuted and peaked at No.1 on the Billboard Global 200 chart.

“#FanTweets offer another way for fans to hear directly from their favorite K-pop artists. With #FanTweets, BLACKPINK’s ROSÉ shared new sides to her, as well as more stories for her fans to cherish. Twitter will offer more fan-driven exclusive content to enable fans to connect with their favorite artists and to drive conversations about #KpopTwitter and various K-content,” said YeonJeong Kim, head of global K-pop partnerships at Twitter.

Some of the celebrities who have engaged through #FanTweets include Swedish footballer Zlatan Ibrahimović and English singer-songwriter Louis Tomlinson, known to be part of the English boy band One Direction.

Marketing Featured Southeast Asia

BLACKPINK’s first spot with Globe is straight out of girl group’s playbook

Manila, Philippines – One of the biggest year-ender surprises for Filipino K-pop fans arrived in early December when the country’s telco giant Globe revealed that its newest endorser is the girl group and global superstars BLACKPINK. Almost a month after, the telco finally released the first installment of its campaign: a spanking one-minute spot with the message ‘Reinvent your world’. 

The campaign bled the girl group’s DNA, where the ad injected elements straight out of BLACKPINK’s production style in music videos. Its videos, which broke records, hovering around half a billion to a billion views on YouTube, have a number of them that showcase a nocturnal setting with strobing lights, and Globe didn’t waste any chances to demonstrate the same with the new campaign. 

The campaign wasn’t service-specific, instead, spotlighted the general features of the telco’s connection, such as its unlimited fiber internet and 5G and LTE-advanced mobile connection. 

With the main message of ‘reinvention’, the campaign aims to inspire one to transform into a better version of oneself together with an “attitude of resilience.”

“Globe and BLACKPINK’s partnership sends a strong message of reinvention – transforming oneself through powerful self-expression aided by digital technology with an attitude for resilience [amid] modern-day challenges,” said the telco in a press release. 

Issa Guevarra-Cabreira, Globe’s deputy chief commercial officer said, “We believe that Filipinos have the power to reinvent themselves in this new digital world. With Globe as their life partner, we will open up a world of greater possibilities we’ve never done before. BLACKPINK embodies the meaning of taking control and reinventing to achieve one’s dreams. We want to inspire our customers to be in control so they can do more and be more, especially with all the new technologies we have today.” 

The ad was launched across Globe’s social media and online platforms with a pre-show, announcing the extension of its ‘The Ultimate Stan promo’, the telco’s promo for ‘Blinks’ or BLACKPINK fans to win tickets to the group’s first live stream concert in January.

Main Feature Marketing Southeast Asia

PH telco Globe signs BLACKPINK as newest endorser

Manila, Philippines – A year-end surprise for Filipino K-pop fans – the telco giant in the country, Globe, has announced that it has signed on Korean girl group and global superstars BLACKPINK as its newest endorser.

According to Rappler, the announcement was made by Globe’s president and CEO Ernest Cu in a live stream media event Tuesday, December 1.

In a press statement released by the brand following the event, Cu said, “This year has brought unprecedented challenges for everyone, locally and globally. Despite this, we strive to provide customers better everyday experiences that they will enjoy.”

Globe is the latest in the country’s telco brands to partner Korean stars as ambassadors. In October, another Philippine telco, Smart, unveiled Korean actor Park Seo-Jon as an endorser for its new data bundle service, following the launch of Korean drama Crash Landing On You stars Hyun Bin and Son Ye-Jin as brand models earlier in the year.

Of the new partnership with BLACKPINK, Cu commented, “Having BLACKPINK join the Globe family is proof that we won’t stop bringing the world into our customers’ homes. BLACKPINK being one of the world’s biggest groups has a huge following in the country. We want to bring our customers nothing less than the best in entertainment.”

BLACKPINK, which debuted in 2016, is one of the most popular K-pop groups, comprising of four members in its all-girls ensemble: Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa. The group has a strong social media following and consistently broke records on YouTube. The group currently has 53.8M subscribers, with its latest music video on YouTube Lovesick Girls garnering 270M views.

Globe said more surprises featuring the girl group are to come soon.