Taking its 'Har Ek Friend Zaroori Hota Hain' campaign forward, Bharti Airtel has launched a new television commercial that asks users to 'Shazam' the video for more content related to the campaign. UK-based Shazam is a mobile phone-based music identification service. It captures a piece of music being played on the radio or anywhere at all and provides related information about it on the user's mobile phone.
The TVC, titled 'House Party', promotes Airtel's 'SmartBytes', a top-up service for its data plan subscribers. Conceptualised by Taproot India, it opens on a house party scene, where a group of youngsters are using mobile internet to stream online music. When the music suddenly stops, they realise that the data plan has been exhausted. One of the group eggs on a naive friend to get the wifi password of their grumpy neighbour. As he rings the neighbour's bell, the others leave him in the lurch, since one of them has managed to top up the connection using 'SmartBytes'. The TVC ends with Airtel's thematic music, Jo Tera Hai Woh Mera Hai.
Besides, Airtel users are also provided with options like Mobile Movies, Cricket Mobile Magazine, and a view of Airtel campaigns on YouTube. They can also download the 'Jo Mera Hai...' ringtone on mobile.
This partnership enables Shazam to push its music identification app through the Airtel network in the country. Airtel, on the other hand, can leverage Shazam to generate additional revenues through downloads.
To reach out to the target audience on the virtual platform, Airtel has created a microsite (airtel.in/teramera) where it asks users to participate and submit their own party ideas and win house party kits that include Cafe Coffee Day vouchers and Domino's food coupons. A lucky few will also get a chance to attend a real house party hosted by Airtel. Besides, according to the company, the TVC will be followed by a series of outdoor campaigns in several cities.
Mobile internet services like BBM and WhatsApp, along with Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have gained popularity among the Indian youth through handheld devices.