It is not often that your spouse or your parents feel proud of you and talk fondly of gifts received from you. The new campaign from Shoppers Stop that promotes the 'End of Season Sale', highlights the love of dear ones, such as that of a father or a wife, thanks to the gifts bought for them from the sale.
The commercials, which have been launched only on YouTube, are being promoted through a Facebook page, and Twitter. The retail brand claims to have a fan following of 1.9 lakh followers on Facebook.
Vinay Bhatia, customer care associate and senior vice-president, marketing and loyalty, Shoppers Stop, explains, "All commercials of Shoppers Stop have a particular language that is tongue-in-cheek. Every commercial has a positive twist in the end, and that is what makes the TVCs work."
Talking about the company's decision to refrain from television advertising, Bhatia says, "Both Facebook and Twitter are pull-base mediums, and that works for us. Rather than spending heavily on television, online helps us target consumers in a better manner."
He adds, "If we look at consumer behaviour, a sale is a convenient time to buy because things are priced better. But, communicating a mere price off was never going to make anyone bite the bait because there is just no differentiation from a million other sales that are out there. So, we hit upon the creative idea/insight of gifting your loved ones stuff you buy from the sale. (While they may think that you truly love them with your thoughtful gesture of the gift, the truth is you got it at a sale.) A refreshing, humorous take on presenting yet another sale. It's an insider joke in which you let the viewer in at the expense of the recipient."
The retail outlet has further launched an augmented reality application to promote the sale. With the help of this app, readers can activate an AR (augmented reality) set-up in which they can view certain 'secret offers'.
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The ad film gets a positive feedback from advertising professionals, and the humour works for the brand, as well as for the commercials.
He remarks, "My other quibble is with the casting, or rather, the miscasting of the two characters. They are diabetically sweet and gentle souls, definitely not the ones you will want to be mean to. It's nice overall, but could have been better."
However, Atika Naik, senior vice-president and executive planning director, JWT, opines that Shoppers Stop has tried to go beyond its ecstatic-looking-models- offering-upto-51-per cent-discount type of print execution. "It could have been a nice way to drive sales by triggering 'thoughtfulness' and surprise gifts because they are more affordable. But, its final super 'It's not love. It's a sale', is like a cold water splash on a winter morning. The good 'intent of giving', vitiated with the smartness of the motive. It ends up undermining givers and receivers of Shopper Stop gifts. I wonder if they were given something like 'kyunke saste mein mil raha tha'."
Vivek Dutta, business director and national planning head, Hakuhodo Percept, notes, "It definitely beats the run-of-the-mill sale commercials. The monologue and the anti-climax is a nice way to create intrigue about something as boring as 'Sale'. I liked the fact that it targeted the user, rather than the purchaser. Finally, it's great to see that the client accepted and respected the fact that its consumer is evolved enough to appreciate a slight tongue-in-cheek humour."