Just saw the new Tanishq ad. The fact that I remember it was Tanishq, is the reason I wanted to write this post. A simple and even predictable storyline. But it evoked an emotion. Smile. And that is the most important thing an ad should do; evoke emotions and not indifference.
Tanishq’s targeting was bang on – a crossover family. Forward thinking but also based on beliefs and culture. Here, Parents are seemingly okay about relationships. The woman has the right to take her decisions (the mother running towards the Tanishq store without being apologetic or being condescended upon. The young lady, free to reject marriage proposals, as well as decide later that she wanted to know more about the guy.) On the same time, there was also a stress on importance of marriage and the following of an arranged marriage culture.
Even the driving was done by the lady and not by her imaginary brother or the father himself, pointing towards the notion that she was a woman who could carry on the responsibilities and the family as well as any male counterpart. There was a sense of conspicuousness about the theme of a neo-woman whose family guide them for their personal decisions but give them her own space to decide.
Its positioning was something like ‘Jewellery that makes you want to get married’. That probably comes from an insight that a lot of indian parents imagine their daughters marriage whenever she shops for gold or diamonds. It narrows down the focus of the brand even more to bridal jewellery than simply any other jewellery.
The ad took you into a conversation; made you wonder what would happen and had a decent bit of charm thrown around and all this done at a disalarmingly simple look and feel.
Something more important that I saw was that the ads exposure was not in IPL. It was more on Zoom, ZEE and 9XM. That makes sense, simply because there are some brands that are giving in a lot of exposure in IPL but are more women targeted brands. For eg: Clinic all clear. Yeah, women watch IPL but more or less it is passive and a conservative guess would be that around 80% of viewers would be male.
And finally, the girl was pretty pretty too. (My beat just skipped.. funny..skip.beat.skip.beat)
(To get back my beat to normal) What was wrong with previous commercials?
Think about the Asmi’s and the Nakshatra’s and the Gitanjali’s and the Ganjam’s. Don’t even remember in which commercial Aishwarya Rai or Katrina Kaif starred. And one of them starred Bipasha too, guess it was Gitanjali. Apart from having highly photoshoped images, the video commercials looked highly complicated with dresses flowing a mile and the celebrities draped with red all over to give a bridal touch. Dramatic music also in some. It was all about looking as stunning as the star on screen and never about ‘YOU’ or how ‘YOU LOOKED’. I don’t remember all the ads currently (and my awfully slow net connection fails my attempt to youtube them) but most of them never went into the persona of the woman, this ad did.
P.S: Don’t hate me for the level of details I went into