Yes, the festive season in India continues to be a showcase for the best in advertising. With festivities now spanning from Independence Day to December, brands have a longer period to connect with consumers and celebrate the spirit of the season. Additionally, people’s shopping patterns have evolved towards more deliberate purchases rather than impulse buys. This has posed a challenge to advertisers who must find ways to stand out in a crowded marketplace.
One example that stands out is the Cadbury campaigns over the last few years. These campaigns blend technology and the importance of supporting local businesses, often featuring Shahrukh Khan. Their innovative use of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technology aligns with the current media trends of our time. Furthermore, their emphasis on going local is a clever and strategic move, as Cadbury is trying to position itself as a modern alternative to traditional sweets.
Overall, the festive season continues to inspire remarkable advertising, with Cadbury’s campaigns being a prime example of how brands can adapt to the changing consumer landscape and effectively connect with their audience.
When it comes to memorable and impactful digital Diwali campaigns, Cadbury’s “Ghar Ki Dukaan” campaign truly stands out.
This campaign successfully fuses modern technology with the importance of local shopping, creating a memorable and relevant experience for consumers. The use of AR and VR technology in this campaign aligns with the contemporary media landscape. The emphasis on supporting local businesses resonates with the current societal trend, and it’s a clever strategic move by Cadbury to position itself as a go-to option for sweets, especially when local shopping is on the rise.
Additionally, if I were to stretch the timeline a bit, I can’t help but recall the iconic “Diwali aali, Moti snanachi vel aali” campaign, which translates to “Wake up, wake up. It’s Diwali. It’s time for a bath with Moti soap.”
This campaign, with its Marathi captions, became synonymous with Diwali and stayed in the collective memory for generations. It’s a prime example of an advertisement becoming part of pop culture and a cherished part of our lives. So, in terms of memorable and impactful Diwali campaigns, the Cadbury campaign of 2023 and the timeless “Moti snanachi vel aali” campaign come to mind.
(Reporting by Riya Sethi.)
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