And now the Sau Crore ad campaign

14 Mar,2014

The Big Bazaar and DDB Mudra teams while announcing the campaign to the media. Sonal Dabral was travelling



By A Correspondent


If their offices aren’t buzzing with business cards from television adsales folk, they will do so now. Future Group’s Big Bazaar and its Media AOR Allied Media (of the Percept group) will see budgets for television adspends zooming from 10 to 40 percent. Printwallahs needn’t despair: while the allocation will go down from the current 70 taka to 40, in value terms the moolah isn’t going to go down.


The purse of Rs 200 crore on adspends is going to expand by another Rs 75 crore. Rs 100 crore is going to be spent on the TVCs alone, with another Rs 20 crore on allied activities around the expanded purse of Rs 275 crore now earmarked for TVCs.


Inspired by Swedish homestore Ikea’s 365 ads in 365 days campaign, the Big Bazaar bosses commissioned its creative agency DDB Mudra to craft a strategy which the agency’s Group CEO and Managing Director Madhukar Kamath says is the biggest ever marketing campaign he has seen in his near four-decade-long career. “We were commissioned five weeks back, and produced the commercial within days,” said Kamath.


For Future Group CEO Kishore Biyani, the attempt is to adapt to changing times. He isn’t fazed by the extra marketing spends with Rs 120 crore on this year-long blitz. “The increase in sales will take care of the enhanced spends,” he told MxMIndia. Added Sandeep Tarkas, President, Customer Strategy (Future Group) and CEO (Future Media): “We hope to see sales grow by 20 per cent on the back of this campaign.” Until now, the hypermart thinktank’s strategy has been on tactical advertising, but this 52-TVC campaign which goes on air on March 24 takes one product every week from Big Bazaar and through them demonstrate how these products are making the lives of Indians more beautiful. The campaign will be backed by outdoor, radio and in-store visual merchandising. Print will not be a part of the campaign, though.


Each TVC is a light-hearted commentary on the changes that are happening in Indian society, and make for interesting stories of the role that products play in making people’s life more beautiful and enriching. Added SonalDabral, Chairman & CCO, DDB Mudra Group: “In terms of tonality, we have kept it real because that’s the voice of Big Bazaar. These are not ad films they are closely observed 52 sparkling stories of the small changes Big Bazaar and its products are bringing to everyday India.”


Added Mr Kamath: “It is a unique, never done before and a brave campaign which can only come from a leader like Big Bazaar. The brand has been at the forefront of innovation and leading change. This campaign redefines the step-change that Big Bazaar is making in its relationship with its current and prospective shoppers. It will further establish Big Bazaar as a company that sells products which enable and inspire every Indian to make their world look beautiful on the outside, as well as on the inside.”


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