The economic recession has taken a tough toll, especially on financial service brands. As a result, most players in the segment have launched communications to convince and console the customers and restore their faith in the market. Kotak Mahindra Bank joins the bandwagon through its recent communication which, after a gap of six years, also involves a change in the brand thought.
In the first of the two ads, a few children run to a man's house to collect money for a cricket tournament. The man wants to pitch in, but is wary of his wife, who is on the prowl to control his spendthrift habits. Even though she catches him red-handed, he somehow manages to fulfill his wish.
The second ad shows a family in a restaurant, where, after paying the bill, the husband leaves with the child. The wife, however, checks for the tip paid by her husband. She cautiously takes away a Rs 100 note from the sum after making sure he is not watching.
Kapdanak, along with Niranjan Kaushik, creative director (copy), comprised the creative team that worked on the campaign. The film has been shot in Mumbai by Ginger Water Films and directed by Sabyasachi (Zap).
Kotak Mahindra Bank was launched in 2003. However, the group has been present in the financial sector for about 24 years, covering the entire gamut of financial services from personal and corporate banking to mutual funds, wealth management and insurance.
In 1986, Kotak Finance Limited (as it was called earlier) became Kotak Mahindra Bank. The various taglines that the brand has had in the past include 'Ideas First' (which started around 1996) and Zindagi ka Hisaab Kitaab (in 2000).
Currently, the creative duties of the group's various services are split between McCann and JWT. While McCann handles banking and mutual funds, JWT looks after life insurance, credit cards and securities. Starcom is the media custodian and was brought on board in 2007.
Prior to the split of the creative duties, Ogilvy was handling the creative duties for the entire portfolio of Kotak Mahindra. The agency handled the account for about five years (from 2003-08). Madison was the media partner for about four years (2003-07). The company also had a close association with Grey Worldwide (then Trikaya Grey).
Without talking about ad spends, Marshan clarifies that television advertising will be used for widespread categories under the Kotak umbrella, especially banking and life insurance. The Internet, print and outdoor will also be considered.