It’s shockvertising!

January 27, 2016
Kirit JAsani

Kirit JAsani

Broadly, an element of shock helps in differentiating your communication. In major cases, it also makes the communication more memorable and grabs immediate attention. But shock is not an easy element to deal with.

If shock is a dominating factor in your advertising than your ads can fall in shock advertising or shockvertising category. By definition it means, ‘deliberately, rather than inadvertently, startles and offends its audience by violating norms for social values and personal ideals’. So, if an ad disregards a tradition, intentionally challenges social or moral code, displays images or words that are horrifying, terrifying, or repulsive it should be seen as shock advertisement.

Horny poleHeavy use of shockvertising is observed in public policy, service, health and cause segments. Here ads are designed to grab attention and create a buzz so awareness of a particular issue becomes a point of focus and it can cut through the clutter of messages. One such public issue is noise pollution resulting from ever increasing vehicle traffic and excessive honking. To address this issue, somewhere in May 2015, 93.5 Red FM in association with the Mumbai Traffic Police launched a campaign ‘Don’t be horny’. Under this initiative Radio Jockeys (RJs) from Red FM talked and discussed various aspects of noise pollution, especially the problem of honking on Mumbai streets with all the listeners, traffic authorities and doctors. In the month of June 2015, Lions Club Thane in association with Thane Traffic Police replicated the same campaign in Thane. Towards the end of 2015, Ahmedabad witnessed many pole kiosks with message ‘DON’T BE HORNY’.

Good initiative! But I am sure this headline must have put many parents and elder members of family in an awkward situation, when being asked by their kids, what is horny? Primarily horny is used for its vulgar meaning of feeling great sexual desire. In no way, it means to make a loud noise using vehicle horn or excessive use of horn or a person who uses a horn beyond a reasonable limit.

Further, perceptual defense becomes of prime importance here. Perceptual defense is the tendency for people to protect themselves against ideas, objects or situations that are threatening or disturbing. This means, if a consumer finds a certain kind of advertising content threatening or disturbing, that message will be filtered out. In many cases, an acronym of French Connection United Kingdom – FCUK is observed as offensive or disturbing; the same way horny might be considered as disturbing by many. For this reason the message ‘don’t be horny’ may get filtered out.

Therefore, be extra conscious, if your communication contains an element of shock. Also don’t use shockvertising too frequently considering its long-term effect on brand.

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Is a good brief reason of good work?

January 11, 2016
KJKJ

Kirit JAsani

Yes, no doubt about that. You dig a little in any good communication piece and soon you will know there was a good brief, a clear brief from the client. But that is only one side of the coin; the other side is equally important, how agency worked on that particular brief.

The level of clarity in brief, most of the time gets reflected in the work. But, still from no brief to ambiguous brief incidences keep on surfacing. I believe, when a client shares a clear brief and agency acts on that brief, the resulting work would be very impactful. In another way, this justifies famous words of David Ogilvy, ‘Clients get advertising they deserve’.

Majority of those, who are responsible to give brief understand the importance of clarity in brief. But when Spotlight Communication was working with Italia Group, I found Mr. Nandan Deshpande (then brand manage) was exceptionally good in giving a clear brief. His brief for creative always intended to result in a piece of communication, which can connect the target audience in a correct sense. While working on Piccolo Porcelain Mosaic, Mr. Nandan briefed our agency for one campaign targeted to architects and Interior designers. He was clear; Architects and Interior Designers always need freedom in creation. We have 70 colours, 5 sizes and 2 looks in Piccolo Porcelain Mosaic. Essentially we offer a wide choice. If the campaign can connect this freedom with choice of colours we can expect a good result. It was a crystal clear brief.

Now, that was our turn to come out with a creation which stays true to the brief. We proposed a campaign with a line ‘More Colours More Freedom’. In this campaign all creatives were developed in black-white treatment, except the colour in core visual. Visuals were selected, which are normally seen in black-white e.g. Penguin. We changed the white part of Penguin with various colours and associated it with the headline More Colours More Freedom! This solution stayed on brief and worked for the client. I must say such an effective campaign would have not been realized without a clear brief by Mr.Nandan Deshpande.

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So, if you are in a position to give brief, be damn clear in your brief. If you are expected to work on a brief, justify the brief in totality.

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Should PR precede advertisement?

December 30, 2015
Kirit JAsani

Kirit JAsani

My opinion yes, PR must precede the ads. If you are launching a new product or service or enhancing an existing product or service with new and important features; public relation activity must be considered as an ideal starting point of a marketing plan.

Unless you are in advertising and marketing field, you would not pay any special attention to print or electronic ads. Rather it’s an intrusion to your activity of reading a magazine or watching a TV show. As a non-marketing guy, a person may wait for a morning newspaper or may tune the news channel before few minutes of news at 9 but would not be that eager to watch an advertisement. Any content finding its way to this news gains preference over the advertisements. News adds a dimension of authenticity. You are more likely to believe a piece of information, if it appeared in some kind of news medium, compared to an ad in the same medium.

If a product or service is a new entry to the market, PR will help in putting your message and brand inside the mind of your target audience. Further, such news items have a better potential to get shared by the target audience. Suppose, you are reading a newspaper article titled as ‘Protect your mobile even when it falls in a swimming pool’ chances are you would share that link or news clip with some of your friends and family members, which have faced such a situation. On the receiving end concerned person will take it seriously. So when your brand becomes a part of news, it automatically gains positive perception and it also becomes memorable.

Rather than releasing a newspaper ad, for Life Fitness Point, we released an article, as an impact feature. For most of the reader, it became a news item about having super human-like body. This article thoroughly described Spartan Workout, Superhuman Workout and High Intensity Interval Training programs. 11 faces used in a main image are real people who are trainer for body build program at Life Fitness Point. As these were identifiable people, it just added to the authenticity factor. All in all, people read the content and trusted the content. This way Life Fitness Point stays in the mind of a reader for a longer duration with precise differentiation.

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Now, when Life Fitness Point takes a route of advertisement in print or outdoor or any other media, they will get a better response, as positive perception already exists inside the mind of the target audience. In this case, ad would be able to take the target audience to next step interest or action as awareness is already handled by PR.

So start your marketing plan with PR.

 

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How long you should continue with the same visual or same treatment?

December 17, 2015
Kirit JAsani

Kirit JAsani

As a marketer or advertiser, do you keep on changing your brand visual or visual treatment frequently? If yes, thenyou must rethink!

It would be great if a brand is able to possess a particular word inside the mind of a target audience. Well, there can be many ways to reach such a situation but the most effective means can be visual or visual treatment.

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What comes first to your mind when you think of Marlboro Cigarettes? Cowboy, right! Why this happens? As this brand has never deviated from visual of a cowboy, we associate all attributes of cowboy with Marlboro. All advertisements, posters and packaging were prepared with an image of cowboy. Only placing the same visual everywhere is not enough. Sticking to that strategy is of prime importance. While Marlboro Man was conceived in 1954 by Leo Burnett it was used until 1999. A visual of Cowboy was used for 45 years! Due to this, even today, when Marlboro Man is considered as an icon of past it SM0000072easily steps to the top when it comes to the matter of recall. Practically, Marlboro Cigarettes possessed the word cowboy inside the mind of target audience.

Do you recall beauty soap TV Commercial, where a married woman with a child is mistakenly considered as a college girl? Yes, I am talking about Santoor beauty soap. As long as I assume, you would be able to recall some variation of this ad with change of ambience and models but visual treatment would be the same, mistaken identity as a college girl.

SantoorEarly ad on Doordarshan in which model goes to buy bangle to recent ad creation with Saif Ali Khan,  these series of ads could establish a connection between younger-looking skin attribute and the brand Santoor. As they have hardly deviated from this treatment, Santoor succeeded in taking possession of the word ‘younger-looking skin’ which accurately defines their differentiating point.

While other aspects of branding and advertising are important, use of visual should top the list. As your target audience is going to look at the visual, they will remember the visual and visuals will inspire them so, as long as possible, try to use the same visual or visual treatment for the longest possible duration of time. You will experience the positive results in sales figure.

I advise, think twice or thrice before changing core visual or treatment of your brand.

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Perceived leader is always a winner

October 20, 2015
Kirit JAsani

Kirit JAsani

Most of us would have studied on typical blackboards of school. We would have read textbook and practice books. Undoubtedly, at some point in our schooling days, we would have used educational syllabus based supplementary books such as Navneet Guide (Digest), Workbooks or 21 most likely question sets. However, in recent past these blackboards and textbooks have undergone a radical change.Navneet-Publication

Now classes are turning digital. School teachers show various videos and animations to their students to explain subject content. So who would lead this digital race in an education sector?

Short answer, the brand which gets succeeded in generating a perception of leadership inside the minds of target audience would surely lead the race.

Navneet Education Limited understood this very well. While printed syllabus based supplementary books have their own importance, digital textbook material would be an enhanced way to explain the content. So, Navneet took an absolutely right branding way by creating eSense Learning Pvt. Ltd., a digital education subsidiary of Navneet Publications. Under this new venture, they launched brand TOP SCORER.

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This brand TOP SCORER offers online smart learning packs for Grade 1 to 10 students in CBSE, GSEB and MSEB. Here students can buy complete study pack or selected chapters as per their wish. This total material is having ‘audio word by word as per the textbooks’ and further they are supported with 2D and 3D animations. There is a facility to take test, check results and detailed analytics in every respect, for example, a student would know where he or she is standing in the entire state!

In my opinion, in terms of product offerings, TOP SCORER happens to be the finest in all available options of digital study material. Now, the brand will require establishing their leadership in digital study material the way their parent company Navneet Education Limited did in print segment. For that, TOP SCORER would require communicating their differentiation very clearly and with more frequency to the target audience. At this point, TOP SCORER can take the highest advantage of their fantastic differentiation ‘Audio word by word as per the textbooks’ as in a long run this may not be an exclusive advantage. For easy acceptability of product, TOP SCORER would require students and their parents to believe by using this product; study concepts will be clearer and results will improve significantly. Nevertheless, such claims are believable only when being communicated by a leader. So TOP SCORER needs to emerge as perceived leader in this segment, and I see all the possibilities of that thing happening.

Still, best of luck to TOP SCORER. For more details on this product visit https://www.topscorer.com

 

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