Milk Mantra's campaign for MooShake is based on the insight that though milk has been around for centuries, very little innovation has happened around it. The Youtube video, conceptualised and executed by Milk Mantra's agency, Merry Men, featuring SuperMoo, the brand's mascot, is an inspirational story about how drinking milk alone for years, never helped Moo achieve his dream of becoming SuperMoo, but the MooShake loaded with Curcumin (found in turmeric) did the trick.
The campaign was recently rolled out across Bangalore (the launch market) on social media and offline. A teaser video that told the story of an ordinary 'Moo' who desperately wants to become Sooper was launched on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, generating buzz for #milkjustgotsooper. Around the same time, ads appeared in leading regional and English dailies like Vijay Karnataka and Times of India, Bangalore. Outdoor advertising included hoardings, bus shelters, extensive bus and auto branding. Radio was also a part of the mix.
"We were looking for something that communicated the Sooper qualities of MooShake whilst staying in the fun and quirky zone," says Mani. Speaking about his experience working on this campaign, he adds, "Although we have done many integrated campaigns previously, MooShake launch was truly an important one for us because it involved the whole gamut, from branding and packaging to online and offline communication. We are quite satisfied with what we have achieved."
Available in four flavours - Slurpy Mango, Peachy Strawberry, Oh So Chocolatee and Nutty Badam - MooShake is less sweet and has a thicker 'mouth feel'. The 160ml pack size priced at Rs. 25 could be just right for travel or school lunches.
The milkshake category is currently pegged at Rs 1,500 crore and is growing at a CAGR of 20 per cent. However, product innovation has not been able to match the needs of the consumer. MooShake was launched after extensive research with an intention to fill this gap.
Milk Mantra was set up in 2009 to create a pure and healthy dairy product brand in India, whilst creating sustainable impact amongst network farmers - especially in Odisha. Milk Mantra has dairy processing plants in Gop and Sambalpur, Odisha. Apart from the flagship brand, the product range includes Milky Moo milk, dahi, probiotic dahi, paneer, lassi and buttermilk.
Appreciating the basic product idea and the focused launch he points out that the campaign uses social media very well to bring alive conversations on a new category. "Full marks to the client for such focused thinking. Brands must realise that television is no longer the only way to reach audiences, and when the audience is SEC AB children in a metro like Bangalore, it would be rather inefficient", he states.
However, Akali maintains that there could have been more innovations on mobile gaming and advertising, particularly for a Bangalore audience. He also feels that the launch has certainly established MooShake as a milk+ product but the video becomes a little weak on the exact health benefits. "Immunity, heart, and anti-inflammatory benefits are mentioned but just not brought alive. Not sure if they're the right health benefits to connect with children or mothers. Even the other creatives shared on social media stop short of talking about the health benefits - it's almost like the agency was a little afraid of over-stepping on this", he says.