There’s something wrong with advertising. I think that reflects in our lingo. We don’t usually consider our consumers as people. We think consumers are mindless tin-men whose behaviour depends on what we ‘communicate’ to them.
How else can you explain the most commonly used phrase in advertising – “hammer the audience”
Usage: ‘we’ll hammer the audience with the message through TVCs and mall activities’
Meaning: We’ll repeatedly send out the same message till they know it well and recognize it in spite of current brand clutter.
Glad you all hate wearing helmets. Makes my job easier.
So excuse me while I go and figure out new ways to hammer you all.
Their CEO is also on twitter and sends out regular tweets. This is a video of him asking an employee to slap him
They also ran a contest recently where people had to make videos about what’s the craziest thing you can do with a shoe. They received some 17 video responses. It’s not much, but the energy around the brand is just so cool and fun.
The company of course is hugely popular because of their free shipping policy and some 365 day return policy. I haven’t bought anything from them since they don’t ship to India (bummer). But I sure do love the brand.
Of course people are already complaining about how marketers never leave them alone. I for one am thankful for the entertainment it offers during the commute. For once the men will be distracted by the advertising and stop staring at women passengers. No?
The Bee Gees sure got something right. Nothing is truer in advertising than this.
So I figured that I’d mention the two ads in recent times that have (IMHO) used words incredibly well.
1. Chuskiyaan zindagi ki I just loved this. Those three words play up so much in my mind. So many memories, anecdotes. It just encapsulates the perfect Indian experience… family conversations over tea. While the CCDs of the world proclaim that a lot can happen over coffee… tea promises a lot of simple and memorable conversations. sigh. too bad i don’t drink tea or coffee. Else Red Label would be my way to go. Though I find it off that they didn’t capitalize on a line like that. I have seen on this one commercial. Are there more?
2. Lagan ki syahi se… Okay so I hope I got the brand right. The new TVC by Cello is really my favourite these days. Simply because of the words. If memory serves me right, it goes something like this.. mehnat sehimmat selagan ki syahi sekuch kar dikhao kuch ban dikhao
and I totally love the lagan ki syahi se part. what a nice way to look at pens.
However the situation isn’t all that great for everyone. the new Reliance Ad tries to force fit some good writing even though it has nothing to do with the brand. Sure the words are good but then make no sense with the ad:
suna hai khwaabon ko room mein band rakhne se par nikal aatey hai… it goes on like that but at the end i’m left wondering what the ad was really about. Cuz the words went one way and the brand was… well, lost.
Any ad I’ve missed out?
Update by Prof Falguni. It turns out the ad is not from reliance but by Tata Indicom. So much for brand recall Whatever happened to look & feel of a brand being similar across communication?
Ragging is obviously our national pass time and since they banned it we now put it on the damned TV.
Dadagiri, a show on Bindass (the youth channel? Urgh.) is all about ragging. The self-proclaimed ‘meanest show on tv’ involves 4 contestants or fucchas (I never understood what that word meant but I know newbies are referred to as that).
The mean guys come in one by and one and abuse, heckle, dominate the contestants. From snake dances to climbing ropes, the fucchas do the drill. Of course this is peppered with the correct number of beeped out abuses. If you lose you have to eat worms out of a shit pot. (How did they get this on TV!!)
I have only 2 questions:
1. To Bindass Why the hell would you create such a show? Why would you allow your anchors to pick on a scrawny fellow with glasses. Wasn’t it enough when it happened in school? 2. To the dadas of dadagiri Get a life will you?
I think doctors are great and they know a lot. But then they can’t know more than google right?
Anyway, point being, the internet allows us to figure out what’s wrong with us and what to do about it. It doesn’t replace doctors of course. But imagine having to deal with a patient who tells you to check for so and so complication because Maria in Brazil suffered from it last year .. so says google.
So I won’t blame the doctors if they hate the internet and the free and perhaps inaccurate medical advice it brings.
I remember telling a professor at MICA that now that the internet rules our lives, we no longer need teachers. Err.. after all we can learn from the web, right?
Sure the internet lets teachers access amazing study material from across the world. But it also lets students know more about stuff than their teachers. Imagine telling a class about Shakespeare for the first time and having a kid quote Macbeth to you off the net.
I think the internet is forcing teachers to evolve. They can no longer be information gatherers.
I’m no quizzer. I never have been. I find it impossible to retain information and I lost the only quiz I ever participated in. I remember my partner giving me the stink-eye after I passed every question. (Sorry little boy who had to team up with me. You were good but so was I. They just didn’t ask the right questions!)
Anyway, I think that the internet takes away from quizzing too. While it’s a wonder that someone knows the names of so many of the capitals of the world, I think it was a bigger wonder that the person put it all together. Google surely takes away from that. No?
4. Match makers
I am told that earlier every village had a match maker. A man who was often a postman or a barber, would know the inside scoop on families. He would help out in suggesting matches. The internet sure did him in.
5.___________ So while I’d have loved this post to be about 5 I couldn’t think of anything. So help me out a little
Kunal says it’s the postman. Poor chap can’t even ask for bakshish anymore
Am I the only one who hasn’t received her lingo upgrade, because I’m way behind!
I still get taken aback when people go around cool-che-ing each other in meetings, at coffee-shops etc.
Cool-che literally means ‘cool hai’ which means ‘it’s cool’ (i think)
There are just way too many people cool che-ing each other these days.
Of course this could be because
They are gujaratis
They want to be gujaratis
Cool was too uncool, so you had to add some zing.. err che
Che Guevera worship?
Going back to my roots (read desi-fied lingo)
My guess is
Cool has really been over-used. And I think closing a conversation with just the word ‘cool’ seemed incomplete. People no longer bother to say ‘hey that’s cool’ or ‘hey that’s okay’. They just shorten it to ‘cool’.
So then how does one complete their expression of this apparent coolness. You add a che.
It makes it fun… only funner (American teen hang-over)
Cool Che means you’re with it in the Indian way (American cool is no longer cool. Thank you Mr Bush)
Also it takes away the apparent seriousness of a conversation. You can say ‘cool’ very seriously in agreement with whatever has been decided at a major meeting. But I bet you can’t say cool che without minus-ing the serious-quotient.
When we need to be saved from a sticky situation and tell a friend to give us an emergency call to get us away, chances are the friend will already be on the phone with her boyfriend and will forget about you.
So then why not just eliminate the friend altogether … in this situation only and of course i don’t mean eliminate eliminate.
Enter getmooh.com. A service that lets you set a time for your escape call. getmooh then calls you at the specified time and plays a voice recording which by the way you can select.
So it sounds great and I’ve sent one for 11:01 today (IST? GMT?). Let’s see what happens. Though I must admit, I got a rather blank page after I set it all up.
Hope I get the call, else they just fooled me into giving away my mobile number for some evil marketer’s evil purposes. *fingers crossed*
Update. To answer all the people who’ve been asking me if I got the call… I have notreceived the call yet (sigh). I’m guessing it runs on a different timezone. Will keep everyone updated. Final Update. Okay so I never received a call. if anyone else tries it out and it actually works, lemme know.