Debrief: Maggi: Weak stories

19 Jul,2012

By Anil Thakraney

 

‘Spreading happiness’ is an interesting platform for Maggi. Going beyond just the fast food narrative, the new ad tries to bring out people’s happy association with Maggi noodles. So as to build an emotional connect with the brand. The theme is: ‘Meri Maggi – 2 minute mein khushiyan’.

 

The commercial features Amitabh Bachchan as the host, as we watch vignettes of junta’s happy Maggi moments. A hungry biker is fed Maggi by a stranger woman. Some kids use candles to cook Maggi. A bahu wins over her in-laws’ affection by serving them Maggi (really?). These are supposed to be authentic consumer stories. And Big B dutifully invites viewers to send in their own Maggi tales, which will be shared with everyone.

 

While the intent is right… Maggi is an old brand and it needs to build bonds with consumers to stay relevant in their lives… the execution left me totally unmoved. The Maggi tales/moments/whatever need to have some adrenalin, some energy and most importantly, a surprise element. If they remain at the basic level, which currently is the case, the communication isn’t able to do its job. Because the emotional quotient is very weak. And yes, Bachchan plays an over-paid prop in the commercial.

 

[youtube width=”400″ height=”225″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmE4xnWoTQ4[/youtube]

We need touching, heart-felt stories, dear Maggi. Cook them up if you can’t find real ones. And take your time, you don’t need to do it in two minutes. Just like good food, good things take time to happen. 🙂

 

Rating: (On a scale of 1 to 5): 2. Right idea. Let down by very average execution.

 

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