The festive season in India is not just a series of holidays on the calendar but a grand spectacle of emotions, stories and shared memories that touch the hearts of every Indian. This time of year is marked by a flood of marketing campaigns that sweep across the nation. It’s a period when you can’t escape the feel-good content, tempting offers and heartwarming stories that grace our television screens, social media timelines and even the billboards that line the city streets.
What sets this festive season apart in India is its ability to create a deep emotional connection between brands and their audience. It’s that time of the year when advertisers go the extra mile to tap into our rich cultural diversity and traditions, forging a profound bond with consumers. At the heart of these advertisements lies the story of a regular middle-class family, filled with generosity, wholesome emotions and their product or service positioned as the knight in shining armour coming to the rescue. The reason these advertisements work so well during the festive season is their focus on creating a connection with the audience rather than hard-selling a product.They are aware that consumers are looking for more than just material goods during this time; they seek emotional fulfilment and a sense of belonging. Brands that recognise and embrace this fact succeed in creating advertising campaigns that are both credible and impactful. Over the years, many brands like Cadbury, Tanishq, JK Cement etc. have crafted memorable Diwali campaigns.
While it’s challenging to pick a single standout campaign, Cadbury’s ongoing Diwali activities showcased a creative blend of innovation and compassion. They started with the #KiseKhushKarenge campaign, where they harnessed the power of geo-targeting and artificial intelligence to support local retailers and businesses. Cadbury carried forward this concept of supporting local retailers and businesses during the festive season in the coming years.
They launched campaigns like #NotJustACadburyAd, #ShopForShopless and #GharKiDukaan in 2021, 2022, and 2023 respectively.
These campaigns upheld the same central theme of fostering a sense of community and helping local businesses thrive during the Diwali season. In essence, the festive season in India continues to bring out the best in Indian advertising because it goes beyond traditional marketing tactics. It dives deep into the heart of what it means to be Indian, celebrating our collective identity and values. This is why these campaigns resonate so strongly with the audience. They don’t just sell products; they sell emotions, stories, and a sense of belonging, making the festive season a time when Indian advertising truly shines.
(Reporting by Riya Sethi.)
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