Surf Excel's latest digital campaign, woven around the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan idea, is all about getting one's hands dirty to keep India clean.
Surf Excel is back with its 'Daag acche hain' proposition, but this time it strives to create a bigger impact by partnering with mothers and young children to promote the popular cleanliness drive, "Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan".
The idea behind the campaign is that though people are particular about keeping their homes clean, they do not hesitate in throwing garbage outside. The brand communicates the 'Keep India Clean' message through young foot soldiers in action.
In a bid to give the campaign even more momentum, the brand has created a microsite where it urges consumers to invite them to nominate their locality. Surf Excel will then pick a locality, choose a day to come visiting and attempt a transformation.
"We picked up 143 communities in Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai where we facilitated the cleaning up along with the local residents. The activity has been completed across all the 143 communities between April 5th to April 28th," she informs.
Suri reiterates that Surf Excel believes that if doing something good gets kids dirty, then dirt is good. She believes that it was a seamless fit for the brand. Kids displayed responsibility by keeping their community clean and urging others to do so as well. "We realised how the simple act of painting a wall can act as a deterrent for people from dirtying it. Acting with that belief, the clean up squad painted common walls that were previously dirty in certain localities," she adds.
Abhishek Razdan, EVP and national head, Jack In The Box Worldwide, says that the execution stemmed from the basic insight that a vision for Clean India can be realised through collective responsibility. "We felt that lending this thought a voice in the form of an anthem would resonate well with the digital audience," he explains.
The campaign was shot in Mumbai's Goregaon East in a day. It was a creative enactment to bring alive the work done by the kids and their families in the 143 locations across India and promoted heavily across social media platforms.
Never too late
Acharya believes that it would have been refreshing to see kids changing their parents instead of battling stray uncles on the road. Meanwhile, Jayanto Banerjee, national planning director, Hakuhodo Percept says that HUL has been one of the first ones to talk about Keeping India clean (Little Gandhi campaign) even before the Swacch Bharat Abhiyaan was established. He finds the campaign good but one which will probably not break clutter.
"Lifebuoy was doing 'Clean India,' Surf tried the 'Two buckets of water' campaign. There definitely is a shift in the social cause. Now the brand spaces are all getting jumbled up," he notes. According to him, Surf Excel should stick to its 'save water' cause, an issue, he feels, is equally relevant.