India is one of the fastest, if not the fastest, growing countries for telecom companies with tele-density on an ever increasing curve. No wonder the last few years have seen outstandingly creative work coming for telecom brands. To name a few, the Vodafone pug and then the zoozoos, Airtel’s catchy tunes, Idea’s sirji, Tata Docomo’s series of ads.
Idea has consistently come up with diverse attempts to stand out from the clutter. Their new campaign ‘honey bunny’ tries to go the ‘ringtone’ or ‘caller tune’ way. A famous musical piece always gives a top-of-mind-recall. it’s very much a tried and tested formula. Thus goes away from the risk-taking creatives IDEA is known for. Having said that, the tried and tested works and this case is no different. We are seeing, or should I say hearing, a lot of these ring tones and caller tunes.
An example of the popularity can be found out from the following video done by a family. The entire family is the cast who enjoy the song to the fullest. IDEA brand managers would be smiling from ear to ear on seeing this creative rendition of their baby. It won’t be a surprise if this video goes the ‘Kolavari de’ or ‘Gangnam style' way. The success to viral videos is the simplicity and how it connects to the audience. This video is shot well, although post-production work has gone into it. It doesn’t look like a professional’s job done in a studio but a wonderful effort nonetheless.
This video might not result in increased sales for IDEA but it increases brand awareness. With technology available for shooting videos, companies must attempt to engage customers to join in fun. This could give some food-for-thought to brand managers to leverage technology to gain customer engagement.