In its latest campaign, Live Young Live Free, Mahindra Automotive positions its utility vehicles as a symbol of freedom and liberation for those who are young at heart and love to travel without fear.
With a budget of nearly Rs 3 crore, the film has been initially launched on social media; however, sources confirm that a shorter version of the film will be on television soon.
Vivek Nayer, senior vice-president, marketing, auto division, Mahindra & Mahindra describes the cars as 'Lifestyle Enablers'. He says, "The new film depicts the portfolio of Mahindra SUV/UVs in action and underpins our DNA of tough and rugged vehicles that enable an aspirational lifestyle."
Starting from scouting of locations to final processing, the creative agency, Interface Communications, took three months to execute the campaign. To make things look more interesting, a heli-cam was also used for top angle shots to give a clear idea on the dryness of the terrains.
The Rock music used in the film is well synchronised with the video.
Robby Mathew, national creative director, Interface Communications, says, "We brought out the scale of Mahindra through this ad film, which is the undisputed leader in this category."
Nayer states that the film has already received 3.2 million views on YouTube. He adds that Mahindra Auto has more than seven million Facebook fans across various brands, giving it a reach to the largest automotive community of the country.
Mathew adds that the Live Young Live Free campaign will run for a few months and be promoted through multiple touch points such as print, out of home and others.
The automobile giant has recently partnered with ASEAN Rally, where 28 Mahindra XUV 500 vehicles will cover 8,000 km across eight countries. It has been regularly organising driving expeditions such as Great Escape, Special Escape, Challenges and others over the years to engage with its customers.
Nayer clarifies that the film is not an extension of Mahindra's 'Rise' and 'Spark the Rise' campaigns, but instead exclusively promotes Mahindra Automotives' entire range of cars.
He adds that 'Rise' reflects the ideology of the entire Mahindra group.
Treading rocky terrain?
Will the campaign rock or fade - afaqs! tried to get a sense of the industry perspective to Mahindra's attempt to promote its entire range of UVs.
Xavi Bech de Careda, vice-president, planning, DDB Mudra Group, says, "It is interesting to note that at a moment when most brands build their differentiation on functional grounds, Mahindra's SUVs are trying to build an emotional connect through a human story. This is especially important for the target audience on the top of the pyramid. They are well connected, well travelled, well informed and are becoming increasingly critical with the brands they choose. So the emotional connection with them is of utmost importance."
He adds that the campaign talks about the large portfolio of products in the SUV segment, and may be, through this, claims a sort of leadership - although there are no clear overtones.
However, Bech expresses doubts about the way the 'Live Young Live Free' message is delivered and its impact on the consumers, albeit conceding that the message of the film is loud and clear.
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