Yes, you read it right. Pepsi beats Coca-Cola hands down – when it comes to Sachin Tendulkar’s fans.
Sachin Tendulkar, one of the greatest sporting icons out of India, retired last week, amidst great fanfare, and a highly emotional farewell. This got us to do a quick analysis on Sachin Tendulkar’s fans. Having processed over 80M users over the past few months and more than 5.9B attributes about these users, we had the necessary data to analyze Sachin’s relationship with his fans and their relationship with the brands he has endorsed.
Pepsi scored a cool 89.9% preference over Coca-Cola and Thums Up for this user group.
Sachin’s fans interest in Pepsi
Sachin’s fans prefer Pepsi
Out of the 1M fans we analyzed, 7.92% professed love for a cola. We grouped distinct likes, interests and posts about more than a dozen cola brands (Pepsi, Pepsi India, Coca-cola, Coca-Cola India, Coke, Thums Up, etc). Note that these are not mutually exclusive interests. That is, just because someone contributes to the Pepsi column does not imply that she does not contribute to the Coca-Cola or Thums-Up column. Seems like Pepsi’s marketing strategy has worked.
Our NLP, Machine Learning and Semantic Technologies help us establish relationships between users, brands and stars who endorse those brands.
It’s most obvious in the digital media space, from click buys to personalized web experiences. For marketing, the AI journey has just kick-started, while in the tech sector it has been applied for a while now. We are still at an early stage where inroads are being made into AI content via chatbots and even some explanatory content creation but what will make anyone jump up and embrace it is when we will start seeing a lot of mainstream content being created by AI.
Prior to joining Infinite Analytics, Richard served as the CFO of CrowdFlower, COO and CFO of Phoenix Technologies, as a member of the board of directors and chairman of the Audit Committee at Intellisync, and previously as CFO and executive vice president strategy and corporate development at Charles Schwab.
Pravin Gandhi has over 50 years of entrepreneurial operational and investing experience in the IT industry in India. He was a founding partner of the first early stage fund India - INFINITY. Subsequently a founding partner in Seedfund I & II. With over 18 years of investing experience, he is extensively well networked in investment and entrepreneurial scene and is an active early stage angel investor in tech & impact space. Pravin holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Cornell University, and serves on the board of several private corporations in India. He is on the board of SINE, IIT Mumbai Incubator.
Puru has his Masters in Engineering and Management from MIT. Prior to MIT, he worked with Fidelity Investments building electronic trading products and high volume market data processing applications. He has completed his BE from VJTI, Mumbai.
Deb Roy is Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at MIT where he directs the MIT Center for Constructive Communication, and a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School. He leads research in applied machine learning and human-machine interaction with applications in designing systems for learning and constructive dialogue, and for mapping and analyzing large scale media ecosystems. Deb is also co-founder and Chair of Cortico, a nonprofit social technology company that develops and operates the Local Voices Network to surface underheard voices and bridge divides.
Roy served as Executive Director of the MIT Media Lab from 2019-2021. He was co-founder and CEO of Bluefin Labs, a media analytics company that analyzed the interactions between television and social media at scale. Bluefin was acquired by Twitter in 2013, Twitter’s largest acquisition of the time. From 2013-2017 Roy served as Twitter’s Chief Media Scientist.
Erik Brynjolfsson is the Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki Professor and Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered AI (HAI), and Director of the Stanford Digital Economy Lab. He also is the Ralph Landau Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR), Professor by Courtesy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and Stanford Department of Economics, and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).
Akash co-founded IA while studying for his MBA from MIT. Prior to MIT Sloan, he co-founded Zoonga. Before this, Akash was an engineer with Oracle in Silicon Valley. He has completed his M.S from University of Cincinnati and B.E from the College of Engineering, Pune.