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Why Brands Should Be Patient

In Ads and other executions,Views and Reviews on March 3, 2013 by Jox Tagged: , , , , , , ,

I would like to share a powerful and poignant ad without every bit of hard sell advertising. I like it when brands are patient and trust that consumer truths will drive the message. Execution-wise, the story kept me intrigued until the end.

These days, brand managers tend to be anxious about exposure. There is an apprehension that expensive ads that don’t carry much of the brand will be money wasted. All elements must be according to the brand aesthetics for somehow, that will induce recall among the target.

The excess of this obsession leads to hard sell advertising. The type that turns people off, even the very people in the industry. It’s a cry of desperation, an aloof move in the hopes of winning consumers. Just because there has been an influx of media platforms, it doesn’t mean that brands should bombard people with “you need this, buy us” pop ups.

I believe in consumer truths and that brands/products that have intrinsic qualities of being great, can genuinely cater to a need. Sure there’s business and everyone up to the events agency can be overwhelmed with KPIs but if brand teams extend their myopic views of hitting targets to answering real needs, it may more or less follow.

 

Lifebuoy soap by Unilever is an undisputed leader in India. For a category leader, its mission is not only to keep the momentum but to also grow the category. It has promoted the Global Handwashing Day creating awareness about the dangers of diseases caused by not washing the hands and also creating relevance worldwide.

Yet in its ads, it doesn’t zoom into a direct approach of saying “Wash your hands before eating or you’ll die”. It appeals to heightened emotions and enlightens everyone about facts embodied by one story. The brand has embraced the mission of reaching out to people, teaching them, and ultimately saving lives or helping millions of Indian kids reach the age of five.

In this ad, you would get the feel of an ad but it’s and ad worth traveling every second with. And the “reveal” is not even about Lifebuoy but about this fact that not all children receive the miracle of surviving until five. The brand took a back seat yet its significance has encapsulated the story so strongly that you want to know what it does next, what story is going to be told, and what problem it’s going to solve.

And indeed, to keep the conversation happening, Lifebuoy has engraved its story into the largest religious gathering in the world…

 

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