Indians love to customise what they eat, including ready-to-eats. Nestlé's instant noodle brand Maggi has been consumed in various tweaked forms, across the length and the breath of the country. From butter, cheese to mix vegetables, Maggi has been through a culinary makeover to suit varied tastes and preferences.
Taking note of this very insight, Nestlé, for the first time, has acknowledged the 'recipe' aspect of its brand Maggi, through the 'khushiyon ki recipe' campaign, which comprises two ads.
The second ad narrates how a mother-daughter relationship evolves, as the daughter decides to move out of the comfort of her home, to lead an independent life in the city. To convince her worried mother that she will manage well, the daughter prepares her mother's special Maggi recipe, which she had learned by observing her. As the mother looks at her daughter dicing vegetables, she smiles, convinced. The girl lovingly invites her over to her house for the special Maggi treat.
For over 30 years, Maggi has had some memorable communication like '2-minute Maggi' which hovered around the hunger proposition and how quickly the instant noodle brand fulfills its two-minute promise. These ads featured young children running around their mother for a steaming bowl of Maggi. Taking the communication to a much wider consumer base, the brand also launched 'Me and Meri Maggi' wherein consumers were invited to share their Maggi moments. The campaign provided a glimpse of the brand's presence in the life of the Indian consumer, over the past 25 years.
Partha Sinha, director and chief strategy officer, Publicis South Asia, notes, "With years, the work on Maggi is becoming more and more fundamental. We were looking for one such fundamental truth and we figured that 'hunger' probably is the most primal bond between a mother and a child."
Both the films have been created by Breathless Films and directed by Vinil Mathew ('Hasee Toh Phasee-fame).
Apart from television, the campaign is being promoted on digital and radio.
A Step Ahead
Experts believe that the brand has come of age in giving a new meaning to the 'mother-child' relationship in its campaigns. The recipe element is, however, subtle enough to go unnoticed. The 'mother's special' aspect shines through both the ads.
The only element he would add in an otherwise fresh piece of communication by the brand is incorporate fathers in the ads.
According to Anushree Ghosh, director - strategic planning, Razorfish, the reference to recipes in both the edits is slightly unclear, and is likely to be missed if one does not follow the ad with a keen eye.
"However, the association with the comfortable familiar taste (Mom's maggi and special taste) stands out," she opines.
Ghosh highlights that one of the ads (single girl living independently) elevates Maggi and its taste to bring the symbolism of independence, which is a big space and has a lot of potential for exploration.
"To most people, across the various strata of society, making their first Maggi is almost their tryst with independence, self-reliance, resilience etc. Too many stories can be told in that space, and should be explored well," she suggests.
Though emotional, the ads are limited in terms of the role they will play in the brand's journey. Ghosh believes Maggi is awaiting the logical next step to the 'Meri Maggi' platform.