The Coca-Cola Company has launched an extensive mobile marketing campaign for its Sprite brand.

The company said yesterday (6 June), that the campaign, entitled The Sprite Yard, will provide consumers with constant brand awareness through their mobile phones. The initiative was introduced in China last week and will be available across the US by the end of the month.

The promotion, which uses pin numbers found under the caps of Sprite bottles, aims to engage the consumer with each purchase of the sparkling beverage. Upon texting the number into their mobile, consumers are then invited to join a mobile community, create profiles, share photos and information about themselves with friends and gain access to downloadable content such as ringtones and animations.

Coke's senior vice president, Mark Greatrex, said: "Sprite is the first beverage brand to enable a mobile experience combining such a rich combination of features and functions. The Sprite Yard provides an efficient, sustainable and fresh marketing platform that reflects changing consumer demands and significantly personalises the relationship between consumers and Sprite."

Sprite global brand director Denis Sison added: "We know that when it comes to reaching teens, mobile is the medium. This program will enable us to connect with teens by putting Sprite both in their hand and in their phone. We can provide them 'instant gratification' through ever-changing content and the ability to immediately receive new information and entertainment."

By the end of 2008, the Sprite Yard will be introduced in several additional markets globally, according to the company.