Debrief: Coca-Cola: Tremendous insight

23 Oct,2012

By Anil Thakraney


Coke’s new positioning for the Diwali season is: ‘Saath khao, khushiyaan badhao’. I like the consumer insight, it originates from the ancient proverb: The family that eats together stays together. And it’s most valid in the Indian context because we folks believe in the idea of the family as a single unit. Look around you at restaurants… the number of tables occupied by hanste khelte parivaars is likely to be far higher than those occupied by couples and singles.


The TVC features a large family at the dining table. As they bond over food and Coke. It’s a very simple treatment, there are no dialogues, and typical family interactions are captured through expressions. A strict dad who won’t relent to his son’s demands. A granny with an emotional tale to tell. A disinterested kid who later begins to enjoy the family time. And so on. All the things that usually happen at a family table.


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Good stuff, and there are many reasons why I like this approach. There are no celebrities in the ad, only regular people. The music track is very cool, it adds to the liveliness of a happy family gathering. ‘Saath khao, khushiyaan badhao’ further strengthens Coke’s ‘Open Happiness’ idea, so they haven’t gone away from that. And despite the lack of a storyline, the TVC entertains. I particularly like the last touch. A mobile phone buzzing away in a corner and no one bothers to answer it. This is family time you see, the ‘Airtel zaroori friend’ can wait! Brilliant!


Rating: (On a scale of 1-5): 4. Cool insight backed by endearing creative

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