The Coca-Cola Co has claimed it is “speaking to teens in their language” with a new campaign for its namesake cola brand that includes the company's first wholly consumer-generated ad.

The push, an extension of last year's “The Ahh Effect, will launch this week in the US with a 30-second TV spot on teen-favourite networks, Coca-Cola said yesterday (20 March). A second spot will air at the end of next month made up entirely of video clips submitted by teens that describe what it feels like to take a sip of Coca-Cola.

“Our efforts to connect with teens through ‘The Ahh Effect’ exceeded our expectations in 2013,” said Coca-Cola VP Andy McMillin. “We’re now expanding into real-world activations and TV as the next phase of its evolution.” 

A range of websites that were part of The Ahh Effect's original push have been updated with extra content. Coca-Cola has created 61 websites, each accessed by adding one more “h” to the URL.

Meanwhile, behind-the-label content will appear on 20-ounce Coca-Cola products and at partner locations including AMC Theatres, 7-Eleven, McDonalds, Domino’s Pizza, Simon Malls and Six Flags, the company said.

Financial details of the campaign were not disclosed.

At a conference in London this week, Coca-Cola's CFO admitted that 2013 had been a “bump in the road” for the company, with sales and profits falling.