doesnt work at 10 2 or 4

So on the surface, it looks like a publicity win-win-win-etc when the Dr. Pepper folks good naturedly agree to pay up on an outrageous bet that they made with the public. That is until the public tries to collect and their website is inaccessible because of the slam in traffic (which they should have anticipated).

CONSPIRACY THEORY ALERT: Or maybe they purposely held back on shoring up the website so they wouldn’t have to payout all of their “23 flavas”

In either case, it turns a great publicity opportunity and chance to build the brand into an example of an online branding disaster. Forget the MotrinMoms. It”s time for the Dr. Pepper Pain.

UPDATE: (thanks to Doug – see comments) They’re trying to limit brand damage. Dr. Pepper has extended the offer until 6pm Monday

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One comment on “doesnt work at 10 2 or 4
  1. Doug says:

    Or it turns a great publicity opportunity and chance to build the brand that turned into an example of an online branding disaster into an opportunity to show how to quickly and effectively turn a potential disaster into a great publicity opportunity and chance to build the brand.

    Or, to put it more simply, Dr. Pepper has extended the offer.