SodaStream invested in artificial intelligence to determine which ad campaigns would be most successful via email, SMS text and on social media.

SodaStream International Ltd. (a subsidiary of PepsiCo) sells its sparkling water machines and refill canisters in 46 markets across the world.

“We needed a global overview of our entire [pool] of consumers and their interaction with the brand,” says Yoed Negri, global director of digital transformation, SodaStream.

Yoed Negri, global director of digital transformation, SodaStream International

Yoed Negri, global director of digital transformation, SodaStream International

Negri says SodaStream understands that its customers interact with the brand through more than one channel: email, SMS text and social media posts. But they weren’t sure how those interactions lead to an increase in conversion, he says.

“We understood that the current marketing infrastructure we had was not enough,” Negri says.


SodaStream’s marketing software provider, Optimove, offers artificial intelligence software. In 2022, SodaStream began using the capability in six markets, which represents about 10% of countries where SodaStream sells its products, Negri says. SodaStream products are sold in store at retail chains like Walmart Inc., Target Inc., and others, as well as online. The retailer sells directly to consumers in 20 markets online.

Test campaigns show how likely consumers are to convert

One way SodaStream engages with SodaStream drinkers is by sending recipes to customers they know like Pepsi-flavorings, diet flavorings and other options based on past orders. The retailer wanted to see how its customers responded to the recipes when received via email, SMS text or through social media posts, Negri says.

The beverage retailer declined to disclose the specific flavors presented, but Negri says the results showed that ads appealed differently to consumers depending on the channel. For example, for email campaigns, SodaStream saw a 3%-5% increase in conversion and 15% increase in average order value.

SMS text conversion rates were 10%-15% higher compared with email depending on the market, Negri says.


For social media posts, Negri says it’s important to note engagement and conversions.

“We see 7%-10% increases in engagement for personalized content and 5%-7% increase in conversions,” he says.

SodaStream conducted the tests over a period of four to eight weeks in late 2022, Negri says. Optimove’s AI software learns how consumers are responding to ads within six to eight weeks, Negri says.

Using AI to anticipate conversion

When deciding which campaigns to propose to which customers, Optimove’s software uses the data it collected to determine the best campaign for each, says Pini Yakuel, CEO of Optimove.

A retailer might decide to send a marketing campaign or a promotion, such as a birthday promotion, via email, SMS or a combination of both methods. Optimove’s AI determines the best combination for each customer base, Yakuel says.

Digital marketers also use Optimove’s analytics for the following:

  • The likelihood to convert.
  • The likelihood of becoming a top spender.
  • The risk of churn (the measure of how many customers stop using a product).
  • Likelihood of reactivating (also known as re-engagement, where retailers reach out to people who have previously expressed interest or engaged but have since disengaged with communications).

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