Everyone likes to take a break at work every now and then with YouTube videos, online games, Facebook, blogs, and so on. But what do you do when your boss walks past your computer and catches you in the act? Making a taskmaster boss happy at work is not always easy. McDowell's, one of India's oldest whisky brands, has launched a campaign called Boss Patrol to help employees deal with policing bosses.
If one spots the boss approaching, while other colleagues are doing anything but work, all she/he has to do is speak out the secret phrase. Boss Patrol picks it up through the microphone, connects with the colleague's computers and instantly opens up safe windows (presentations or spreadsheets) on all their computers, just in time. The boss, thus, never gets to know what they were up to.
The campaign has been created by DDB Mudra Mumbai, with Roars Technologies as the digital agency, to develop and take McDowells' 'Dosti ka No.1 Spirit' campaign further to the younger audiences. The agency's brief was to take this a step further in the digital space, and make the brand message relevant and truly engaging. DDB Mudra sought to not just replicate the message, but to actually involve the audience in experiencing and celebrating the spirit of 'dosti' among their own friends.
The application was launched on August 15 and the app will be available for a couple of months at least. The app is being supported by a YouTube video and on social media pages of the brand. Though the number of downloads was not revealed, the agency informs that the website along with the YouTube video has so far got close to 8000 visits.
In 2012, McDowell's launched a television commercial for its soda extension featuring Bollywood actor, singer, director and producer Farhan Akthar, who was also the first celebrity endorser in the 40-year history of the brand. The TVC featured known faces such as Purab Kohli, Cyrus Sahukar, Zoa Morani and Chang. The commercial, 'Dosti ka No. 1 spirit', had been created by DDB Mudra, Bengaluru.
Earlier, McDowell's has used friendship as an underlying theme in another digital campaign. It launched a friendship carnival in association with Zapak Digital Entertainment. McDowell's No. 1 Friendzy celebrates friendship through on-ground and online events.