Titled 'Chalta Hai', the campaign positions the Discover as a commuter bike that offers brand propositions best described as 'higher order benefits' such as power and thrill to its riders, namely, everyday commuters. The positioning is aligned to Bajaj Auto's strategy of democratising performance. In sync with this goal, the campaign carries the baseline 'Chalta nahin daudta hai'.
The commuter testimonials shown in the film represent the sentiment of people who ride the competition's offerings. According to Abhijit Avasthi (aka Kinu), national creative director, Ogilvy Mumbai (the agency that has created this ad), the creative idea is unique as it is a testimonial by those who don't have the product and really wish they had it.
"It takes a light-hearted dig at those with the 'Chalta hai' attitude in life," he says.
Campaign Chalta Hai or Daudta Hai?
afaqs! also finds out whether the mock-and-beep tactic is a 'done-to-death' formula best left alone or whether it has managed to impress communication experts.
"It would have been great had they leveraged their big idea, that is, 'Chalta nahi daudta hai', rather than getting into the beep part of it, which is actually doing nothing for the brand. What the consumer will remember is the 'Chalta hai' attitude, not the beep," he says.
He adds that if a brand needs to attack its competition, then it should do so keeping everything else aside.
Prathap Suthan (aka Pat), chief creative officer, iYogi and founder, The Advisory, feels that old as it is, the tactic of leveraging a brand by mocking the competition appeals to Indian consumers' primal instinct. "All of us like to sit on the side and applaud a fight," he enthuses.
Pat opines that the proposition of speed is Bajaj Auto's disguise for a deeper objective. "My gut says that this film is more than just an ad to take the Discover ahead. This is a brutal move by Bajaj to weaken a now vulnerable Hero. With Honda out of the partnership, and with Honda taking away all the exotic engineering genetics out of the relationship, this is the time for Bajaj to chop the legs of Hero that is now susceptible to pillage," Suthan analyses.
Strategically speaking, he calls this a brilliant move on the part of Bajaj.