Sunday, April 26, 2009

I Like Cola...and Dragon Gate...and...

This is the most amazing coincidence of the month.
For me, not for you.

As a Pro Wrestling fan, I'm always looking for something 'cool'. Well, a Japanese promotion called "Dragon Gate" will soon have an American branch called Dragon Gate USA.

Why am I telling you this?

Hang on. One of the more charismatic and successful members of the group...and currently the 'face' of this new arm of named 'Cima'.


Well, for a while Cima's theme music was...'I Like Cola'.

It's an awful tune...but see Cima and listen to 'I Like Cola' here.

Look at the Dragon Gate USA website here.
Cima is on the rolling Home Page under the banner 'Evolve'.


For MORE Cola-nuttiness, you need to now that when I was researching "I Like Coa" I came across a cola called 'Like'.

Yup, it's true.
See here. The commerical you are viewing is from 1983.

Whether you like Cola or not, you won't like Like Cola.
Apparently, no one did.

For more Cola info, go to Coke vs. Pepsi

For more Wrestling info, go to Full Contact

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Pepsi, Beyonce, Pink, Britney Spears - which goes down best?

What goes down the fastest...Pepsi, Beyonce Pink or Britney Spears?

Sure, I'm not proud of the title...but it's clever and I'm sure everyone has their own opinion as to what the right answer is!

Ok, the truth is I chose this topic today NOT because of my desire to portray 3 pop singers and a can of soda as porn stars, but rather to share the You Tube Video of Beyonce, Pink and Britney Spears in a rather cool Pepsi commercial.

If you like hot girls, cold soda and a good Gladiator-style setting, click here!

For other Gladiator-style battles between sodas, remember to visit our favorite Coke vs. Pepsi site!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Pepsi vs. Mountain Dew...Midieval Stupidity

And here you thought Coke vs. Pepsi was THE consummate soda war. And you also enjoyed when I showed you the video clip of Coke and Pepsi slugging it out in a fist fight.

But who'da thought Pepsi and Mountain Dew would slug it out Old School?! And by Old, I mean Medieval Times kind of old. Dungeons and Dragons kind of old. Swords and Sorcery kind of old.

You get the point.

Pepsi and Mountain Dew...along with Coca Cola and Dr. Pepper...slug it out at Coke vs. Pepsi.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Easter, Soda and Ham...a recipe for perfection!

I absolutely love a baked, glazed ham. I only really get to cook one twice a year: Christmas and Easter. (and I'm JEWISH! Who'da thunk?!?!?)

This is the time of year to combine my love for soda and my love for ham into tasty recipes to make the left overs as delicious as possible! Recipes like:

Coca Cola Braised Ham

Ham with Orange Soda Sauce

Soda Shop Ham Glaze

and the disgustingly popular Ham Soda from Jones Soda

So this Easter, glaze your ham (15 minutes per pound at 350 degrees) in something yummy and carbonated...but stay away from any ham flavored beverage!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Pepsi and Coca Cola sales Drop Drastically

Pepsi and Coca Cola are in for the fight of their lives!
Soda may be Good, but cola sales are dropping at an alarming rate!

In fact, Beverage Digest looked at the top 10 carbonated soft drink brands and saw that only Diet Mountain Dew and Diet Dr Pepper showed any volume growth in 2008. (Diet Dew volume rose 4 percent, while Diet Dr Pepper volume rose 2.3 percent.)

Gad, I HATE diet sodas! I know they're SUPPOSED to taste just like the originals...but they just don't!

You can read all about the rapid decline of soda sales on the CNBC blog, here.

And while it's your job to read the article, there was 1 line that I thought was un-intentionally humorous - "Consumers are continuing to snub carbonated soft drinks, leading to an acceleration in volume declines seen in recent years."

Heh heh heh...he used 'acceleration' and 'volume' and 'decline' all in the same sentence! If this sentence was a roller coaster, it's would have been one helluva ride!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The World's Most Fearsome Soda

A good friend sent me this pic. I almost forgot what 8-Bit Nintendo action was like! But as a boxing fan (as well as a soda fan) I can tell you that Soda Popinski is one bad dude! (At least back in 1987 he was!)
And $50 for tickets?! (See upper right corner). Today that ticket would cost $500 and you'd be sitting in the upper tier!
Little Mac vs. Soda Popinski deserves to be one of the classic battles discussed on Coke vs. Pepsi: The Cola Wars!

Monday, April 6, 2009

How much would you pay for a Pepsi or Coke T-Shirt?

The question isn't really so much 'what would you pay to OWN such a shirt'...but rather 'what would you pay to ADVERTISE them?

I went to Google and types 'Pepsi T-Shirt'.
Amongst the 1,470,000 finds were 2 'paid for' links at the very top.

One, called "Pepsi T Shirt on Sale" was a link to AllPosters. It DID have a nice collection of 9 Pepsi T-Shirts. Some were feminine, some were uni-sex. At least the link was honest.

The OTHER paid ad was called "Coca Cola T-Shirt" and it linked to
THAT's smart marketing.
You looked up PEPSI T-Shirts, and Coke made sure that THEIR shirts got seen before 1,476,999 other links had a chance to show off!

And Coke didn't stop at 'T-Shirts'! You hit the above link and you see ALL Coca Cola apparel.

OK, so let's try the opposite:
Let's go to Google and see the paid ads tied to 'Coca Cola T-Shirt'

3 paid ads:
the above Coca ColaStore link was #2.

#1 was "Coca Cola T-Shirt" at
This My Coke Rewards link SUCKS because it takes you to a page that you have to register to see!
This means you are paying top dollar to ensure that when someone is interested in SEEING your Coca Cola T-Shirt, they are going to instead see a sign that pretty much says 'enter your personal information first!'.
I would think it wiser, if you were going to PAY for the spot, to intentionally come in 2nd or 3rd. Let the customer see what they want for free on another site...and then register to use their Coca Cola points after they've gotten a taste (pun intended) of what they can have.

#3 out of 3 was a link called "T-Shirt" from
Not a damn drop of soda anywhere on this page!
Now, on one hand it may be SMART marketing. You said you were looking for a Pepsi or Coca Cola T-shirt...We've got T-Shirts!
But on the other just paid for a top spot while offering nothing of this specific customer's interest!

Did Pepsi have a paid link on this page?
Maybe they know that if you took the time to type "Coca Cola T-Shirt" then you probably are not looking for a Pepsi shirt?

So...who's the smart marketer here?
How much does it cost to pay for these spots, and does it yield a reasonable ROI?
I'm embarrassed to admit that I don't remember where to find the tool that let's you test Keywords and see what kind of 'budget' you are in for. But I DO recall that "Coca Cola" and "Pepsi" were not "cheap".

So, when you go on line to buy a T-shirt named after your favorite cola, do you look at the paid links first...or do you look for something 'cool' and 'different'?