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Perfect ka pressure hatao, Idea 4G ke saath apni real life dikhao’

Addressing the growing phenomenon of the need for validation on social media, Brand Idea has launched a campaign titled #MeriRealLife, encouraging people to drop the pressure of chasing and sharing perfection on social media, and instead, share real, unfiltered stories using Idea 4G.

The campaign has gone live today with the first two TVCs breaking on the live matches of Asia Cup Cricket Tournament.

There are over 400 million internet users in India and over 50% are active social media users. Rapid proliferation of 4G has enabled better internet speeds, resulting into Indians now spending almost 28 hours a week on mobile phones. This mammoth increase in consumption of 4G data has been fuelled largely by people sharing and consuming videos and photos on social media.

On an average, people spend anywhere between 2-4 hours/day on social media platforms. With such high engagement, social media is bound to have a huge impact on the lives of people. The new Brand Idea campaign is designed to propagate ‘Responsible Use of Social Media’ with the tagline ‘Perfect ka pressure hatao, Idea 4G ke saath apni real life dikhao’.

Elaborating on the campaign thought, Mr. Sashi Shankar, Chief Marketing Officer, Vodafone Idea Limited said, “People are constantly, looking for validation on social media for their behaviour - be it what they are eating or wearing or places they are visiting. The growing phenomenon of ‘living to share on social media’, and not the other way around, is driving people towards a dual life –a ‘social life’ and their ‘real life’.

“Through #MeriRealLife, Idea wants to power an alternate wave of thinking that encourages people to share real, unfiltered stories and drop the pressure of chasing and sharing perfection on social media. ‘MeriReallife’ is more than just a campaign; it is an idea, a contrarian way of thinking that India needs for positive social transformation”, added Sashi Shankar.

Josy Paul, Chief Creative Officer & Chairman, BBDO India said, “The Idea brand is about transformation – ‘An Idea can change your life’. In today’s world, content is nothing without context. Our idea is founded on a new-world conflict that needed urgent attention. It’s the pressure that social media and the constant need for external validation is putting on people. It’s the elephant in the room, the hidden truth. All we did was create a platform to counter this growing pressure. To create a world that’s more real. #MeriRealLife. It’s simple, empowering and transformative. It’s something that is aligned to Brand Idea’s way of looking at the world.”

#MeriRealLife campaign is developed basis research inputs from mental health professionals from MPOWER, an organization that aims to end stigma and encourage dialogue around mental health. Insights from research by MPOWER suggest that the constant need for validation leads to a loss of self-worth, a feeling of being ‘not good enough’ resulting in anxiety and related issues, especially amongst the youth actively engaged on social media.

Staying with Brand Idea’s belief in purpose led advertising, this campaign elevates the role of Idea 4G beyond the category conversation to something that reflects its transformative role in people’s lives and society.

The high decibel campaign will lead with a series of three TVCs of 40 and 35 secs duration, capturing the concept through the lens of three people from different walks of life, sharing how their social media lives are different from their real lives. The Idea ads show people talking about a fancy new car, the perfect look and relationship goals on their social media, while in their real lives they are questioning their own shallow behaviour. The videos end with the characters having their moment of reckoning, where they encourage the world to share their real photos and videos with #MeriRealLife.

The TVCs have been directed by Shimit Amin, the director of critically acclaimed blockbusters such as Chak De, Rocket Singh – Salesman of the year, Ab Tak Chappan. The new Idea campaign has been developed by BBDO India.

The campaign will be promoted on TV, Radio and Digital through high decibel visibility across 100+ TV Channels and strategic integrations in shows/programs such as Film Companion by Anupama Chopra on Digital, and popular radio shows ‘Heart to Heart with Meera’ and ‘Calling Karan’ on Ishq/Love 104.8 etc.

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Creative agency: BBDO India

Creative Head: Josy Paul, Chief Creative Officer & Chairman

Hemant Shringy, Executive Creative Director

Title: #MeriRealLife

Production House: Red Ice Productions

Duration: 3 TVCs of 40 & 35 secs

Director of the film: Shimit Amin

In theory the application of zero-based budgeting to marketing ought to be a good thing: no more budgets based on historical spending and funds allocated between options based on current performance. What is not to like? How about the fact that there is often a huge divide between theory and practice?

Let’s be clear, just as zero-based marketing ought to be a good thing in theory, my concerns about its application are also theoretical. However, knowing how marketing is regarded by many in the C-suite – a cost not an investment – and having seen similar trends sweep through business in the past, I think I have some basis for my concern.

This article makes the pitch for the sensible application of zero-based budgeting to marketing. The authors are very clear that the objective of zero-based budgeting is reallocation of funds to programs that are delivering better returns. After noting that the application of zero-based budgeting principles to marketing can save between 10 to 25 per cent of spending in certain categories they state,

“…with the rare exception of industries that are in a global state of decline, a well-executed reinvestment in high-ROI opportunities will deliver a greater return than “banking the savings” will.”

Whether or not any savings are reinvested is, of course, going to depend in large part on the mindset of the people who implemented the budgeting program in the first place. I suspect the desire to pocket savings is far more pervasive than the McKinsey team might think. Unless a brand is growing profitably the allure of an improved quarter’s results might prove stronger than the need to continue building the brand.

All too often, brand-building is regarded as a discretionary cost, not a necessary investment. The assumption seems to be that a strong brand will remain strong with reduced support. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Beyond the negative impact of competitive activity, in the absence of ongoing marketing support brands simply lose salience: people become less likely to think of them in relation to purchase occasions and the associations that make them worth paying for also fade with time.

Opportunities to save costs are always alluring in business because they are easily quantified, as a result practices get accepted at face value and only later are the full implications realized. Take the example of open-plan offices. Judged solely on the basis of cost-saving, open-plan offices seem like a great idea, which is why so many companies have adopted them. Judged on a wider basis, including productivity, quality of communication and employee self-esteem, a different conclusion might be reached. A recent article in The Economist reports research that switching to open-plan offices reduced face-to-face communication, increased email traffic (and we all need more of that) and, in one case, reduced productivity.

Given that the basic premise of zero-based marketing is sound, it seems to me that the real challenge is to make sure it is implemented correctly and that requires understanding how brands really grow and prosper, not just looking at short-term performance and costs. I will return to this topic in a later post but meanwhile what do you think?


Written by Nigel Hollis,Executive Vice President and Chief Global Analyst, Kantar Millward Brown

People around us add colour to our homes and create unforgettable memories. With this belief, Asian Paints, the leading paint and décor major has launched an all new corporate TVC, #PeopleAddColour.

Building on the brand’s existing corporate positioning ‘Har Ghar Kuch Kehta Hai’, the new TVC signifies how people and the joy of redecorating one’s home can create colourful moments and memories to be cherished for years to come.

Conceptualized by Ogilvy India, we see the main film in which an elderly couple, who are empty nesters, recreate a sense of home with strangers.

It opens to an intriguing scenario of a lady who sees her husband re-doing their son’s room with the help of painters. On questioning her husband about why the room is being re-decorated, he mentions that just as their son has been welcomed into the home of another family abroad, there will other kids living away from their families whom they could provide a home to as a paying guest.

Recognizing the importance of how people can add colour to one’s life, the mother favourably agrees.

The film proceeds to a montage of different youngsters who have had a warm and memorable experience with the couple.

The film concludes with a wall adorned with photographs and colourful memories with their paying guests in the couple’s home, beautifully capturing the brand message, ‘Ghar sajta hai uski chahal pahal se.’

This thought is taken further with a set of 20 sec films, print, outdoor, retail promotion, radio spots, digital engagement and on-ground activation.

Speaking about the new corporate ad, Amit Syngle, COO, Asian Paints Limited said, “With the new corporate TVC #PeopleAddColour, our core objective is to recapture the essence of how people who live under the same roof bring colour to each other’s lives while highlighting the emotional equity a home holds. Building on our positioning and expression of ‘Har Ghar Kuch Kehta Hai’, we aim to resonate with our consumers by instilling empathy and meaning into decor.”

Sukesh Nayak, Chief Creative Officer, Ogilvy Mumbai, said, “People make homes beautiful. #PeopleAddColour celebrates this thought and encourages people to make their homes happier. The launch film for this campaign is a beautiful story of an empty nester couple. A story that will probably resonate with lots of people across India. When their son leaves to study abroad, the couple decides to redecorate their son’s room and open it for other children. Filling their life with joy. Making their home happier again.”


Client: Asian Paints

Agency: Ogilvy Mumbai

Ogilvy Creative: Sukesh Nayak, Kunal Sawant, Vivek Verma, Prasad Kulkarni, Akshay Gawde, Mithun Rajam, Shrinjayi Sengupta

Ogilvy Planning: Prem Narayan, Vipasha Bhuptani, Nadia Miranda

Ogilvy Account Management: VR Rajesh, Manish Tilwani, Pradeep Rao, Amrita Basu, Ritu Pandya

Production House: Corcoise Films

Director: Prasoon Pandey Producer: Cyrus Pagdiwala

Lowe Lintas Delhi has recently conceived a campaign for Google Maps, promoting their 2-wheeler mode in the Indian market. It is notable that India is the largest market for two-wheelers globally and two-wheelers represent 70% of all registered motor vehicles in India.

Two-wheeler mode was launched on Google Maps in Dec 2017 to address the needs of this large segment. Given the high relevance of two-wheeler mode to the Indian market, the campaign aims to increase awareness and usage of two-wheeler mode. The campaign thought is based on something that is behavioral and deeply engrained in our habits.


Creative: Janmenjoy Mohanty, Kanishka Vashishth, Nikhil Kumar, Vedansh Kumar, Megha Joshi

Account Management: Nikhil Mahajan, Dallbir Singh, Naman Pal, Ambika Roy

Account Planning: Anurag Prasad, Punit Singh

Director: Amit Sharma, (Chrome Pictures)

Tuesday, 18 September 2018 00:00

Truecaller Appoints DCMN India as Media AOR

The account will be handled from the Gurgaon office of DCMN.

DCMN India, the growth marketing partner for digital first brands, has bagged the media mandate for Truecaller, one of the leading global communications app.

The account was won following a multi-agency pitch that involved several big agencies. The mandate includes managing the company’s TV media duties across different markets and campaign tracking using DCMN’s proprietary TV attribution technology, DC Analytics. Truecaller is a very popular brand that cƒuts across categories and geographies globally.

The pitch process was held in New Delhi and the account will be handled from DCMN’s Gurgaon office. The business will be led by Bindu Balakrishnan, Country Head, DCMN India.

Truecaller is all set to launch its new TV campaign, which aims to communicate its new features that positions it beyond just a caller ID app. The app integrated video calling, instant messaging and even payments in March last year. The features have been embedded in the app to take into account the demands of a new-age user and over the last year, audiences have responded well to the updates.

Speaking on same, Manan Shah, Director Marketing - India, Truecaller, says, “Over 150 million people use Truecaller in India alone, primarily to know who is calling. Over the last year Truecaller has transformed into a complete communication suite with video calling, a unique instant messaging utility called Flash and integrated UPI based payments and banking features. This is a story worth telling to our users so that they can find all these features in their most-loved app, without the need to use multiple apps.”

During the pitch process, the synergies between DCMN India and Truecaller became apparent because Truecaller understood the importance of TV tracking, a unique offering from DCMN in the Indian market.

With the help of its flagship tool DC Analytics, DCMN India will analyse how consumers are using these top-end features of the Truecaller app in real-time across different locations.

Speaking on the association Balakrishnan said, “I am very excited about this partnership as I am a Truecaller user myself. The idea of integrating video calling, payment and instant messaging into the app solves multiple purposes for any consumer. While awareness and downloads are already high, the brand is now looking at performance metrics as its main KPI for the upcoming TV campaign. Our strength lies in the experience we have in performance media marketing. DCMN’s performance approach includes data-driven media planning and tracking the direct response at a TV spot level with our proprietary TV attribution tool. We are looking at running a highly optimized media campaign for Truecaller.”

“Using DC Analytics, DCMN India will track the growth and usage of the new features on the app once the campaign is launched. With the real time learnings, we will help Truecaller optimise its media spend and reach a larger audience. Our tracking tool is a unique offering to the Indian market.”

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