Sunday, July 12, 2009
Salary Dependent Chocolate
Ad By: Ogilvy & Mather
Is it about the happiness of getting pay or the pay itself?
Cadbury has always maintained in their communications to its customers that this chocolate is a company in every event of happiness. Sounds something like Coca Cola. But still the way two showcase the similar theme leaves a different image in minds of consumers. The new campaign from Cadbury also tries to speak on same lines which says that 1st day of month is Pay Day for working person in India and it is a day when every one is happy. So this day when everyone is happy, they celebrate it with Cadbury Chocolate. Till the point, the intention is to show that its the moment of happiness thats why cadbury is present there, the ad seems to be ok. But that sole intention doesnt come across ad so clearly.
The advertisement starts with a boring traditional office setup where a middle class man is working and his boss comes congratulating him for getting his pay on Day 1 of the month. The man is very happy and he is singing dancing with the earned cash in his hand. He keeps singing that he is happy but with that he also keeps flaunting the money he has just got. During that celebration only, he hands over a chocolate to his kid. Certainly it shows that Cadbury is present when he is happy but also it gives an impression that its his salary that he has just got with which now he is able to afford buying chocolate for the kid. If they wanted to show happiness and cadbury then they could have shown that as soon as he gets his salary he distributes cadbury to whole office as he is sharing his happiness. Just giving to the kid on Day 1 with salary hints more towards his affordability. Moving forward in the ad, it shows wife is waiting for husband to come back home in time so that they can go for movie. Again, how does it show that the family- husband and wife love having cadbury at this moment of happiness.
The execution of the ad is interesting and different giving it a look of 50s and similar kind of song in background. Also, it perfectly conveys that in India, for a middle class family, 1st day of the month when they get their salary is a very important moment of happiness. Thus, although the ad successfully conveys that Day 1 is moment of happiness for everyone but somewhere it also gives a feeling that its more about affordability. Besides that, it is correct to maintain a consistency in brand image by saying it is a company in moments of happiness but it is known that chocolates are best to move out from sadness. So may be Cadbury can show turning a sad moment into happy moment for someone. Also, this particular ad restricts the target segment for Cadbury chocolates. According to ad, it is for middle class working professional who gets their salary at regular intervals. Interesting ad but something missing is making it confusing.
Chocolate is for everytime & everyone.