Marketing Code-X

Best Me

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Starbucks – “Here for every you” commercial

The CODE-X series catalogs a vast codex of source codes (aka “signs”) extracted from past audits.

The object of study in semiotics is not the signs but rather a general theory of signification; the goal of each “audit” is to build a model demonstrating how meaning is produced and received within a category or cultural territory. Signs on their own, therefore, only become truly revelatory and useful once we’ve sorted them into thematic complexes, and the complexes into codes, and the codes into a meaning map. We call this process “thick description”; the Code-X series is thin description.

Forto social

BEST ME” NORM: Coffee helps me achieve a superior version of myself.

Dunkin social

BEST ME” FORMS: People pleased with the coffee-enabled version of themselves. People striking confident poses People accomplishing their goals. Motivational tonality, recognizing that the un-coffee “you” is not the “real” you: “Be the best version of you.” “I am the main character.” “Wake up. Drink Dunkin’. Be awesome.” “Here for every you.”

From a 2021 study of the RISE & GRIND territory (within the US Coffee space).

Tags: CODE-X, Coffee, Rise and Grind