MSL demonstrates Publicis’ ‘Power of One’ with four Cannes Lions for group agencies

12 Jul,2017

By A Correspondent


The honours may have been bagged by other Publicis Groupe agencies, but each of the four winning campaigns saw strategic inputs by MSL India, the group’s strategic communications and engagement firm.The winning campaigns of #GiveHer5-The Ammada Trust, HPCL Roads That Honk and Vicks #Touchofcare, involved crucial strategic communication approach to drive conversations and impact, notes a communique.


Said Amit Misra, CEO, MSL India: “The wins are a true reflection of the power of strategic PR counsel in creating the right conversations that lead to measurable impact. As we continue to work with greater collaboration under PublicisGroupe’s ‘Power of One’, our mission is to consistently raise the quality of our work and partner our clients to deliver integrated solutions. All in line with our promise to be a communication partner that provides strategic counsel and creative thinking.”


For instance, with the Gold Glass Lion for #GiveHer5, The Ammada Trust bagged by Law & Kenneth Saatchi & Saatchi, Praveen Kenneth, Chairman, Co-owner and MD at L&K Saatchi & Saatchi acknowledges the MSL role: “I am a firm believer that passion and hard work always deliver great results. Born from a self-interest to support betterment of girl child in India, the mission and goals of #GiveHer5 have surpassed all our expectations. In a campaign of such nature, while it was definitely imperative for us to drive mass reach to crowdsource support, the more important and tougher task was bringing to light the issue and creating awareness with action; a task more than well managed by MSL. Their strategic communication counsel and approach, makes them an equal partner in this win.”


Said Saurabh Varma, CEO, Publicis Communications India and CEO, Leo Burnett South Asia The Roads that Honk work created for HPCL which bagged a Silver Innovation Lion and a Bronze in Design (Promotional Item Design) for Leo Burnett India: “A great example of how collaboration and the right strategic communication mix can create a big impact. MSL’s role was instrumental in the win, since it was imperative for the campaign to create the right conversations around the idea and its innovation and earn credibility. MSL delivered and deserves as much credit for the win as Leo Burnett.”


The Vicks #TouchofCare which bagged a Bronze in Entertainment Lion was created by Publicis Singapore. Endorsing MSL’s contribution, Nitin Darbari, Chairman and CEO P&G Teva JV China, Marketing Director Asia, Middle East and Africa said, “Vicks #TouchofCare work by MSL is a great example of how power of an idea coupled with strong agency can delivery wonders even at low budgets. The MSL team tapped creatively into the full network of celebrities and influencers with virtually no budget and based on the strength of the idea delivered outstanding value in amplifying the story of Vicks Touchofcare. Added Ritu Mittal, Country Brand Marketing Manager, Procter & Gamble: “The MSL team was exemplary in working the end-to-end PR plan and execution on the #TouchOfCare campaign. The team managed everything within a very limited budget and demonstrated superb agility. The campaign received an overwhelming response across global and national publications as a result of the relentless efforts made by this team.”


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