This Women’s Day, TVS Eurogrip Tyres celebrates the #Unstoppables

The brand has launched a campaign film, featuring some of the women who joined the tyre manufacturer's Women’s Day ride

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Published: Mar 9, 2023 11:05 AM  | 1 min read

TVS Eurogrip Tyres celebrated today’s woman through all-women motorbike rides in Mumbai and Bengaluru and a film titled “Unstoppables”.

The film features some of the women who joined the tyre manufacturer's Women’s Day ride and captures the spirit of women who love riding. These #unstoppables represent today’s strong and independent women, who get going with confidence, facing all that life throws at them along the way. The film resonates with the energy and vigour of the five passionate women bikers.

Speaking about the campaign, P. Madhavan, Executive Vice President - Sales & Marketing, said, “Women are truly unstoppable, and we are proud to celebrate this through our Brunch and Biking rides and this campaign. Our best wishes on International Women’s Day. We’d love to see more women riding, seeking challenges, and realizing their true potential.”

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Ikea celebrates the joy of newness in festive ad

The ad introduces new products PERSBOL chair and the INGATORP table

By e4m Staff | Sep 23, 2023 8:12 AM   |   2 min read


IKEA has unveiled a brand new campaign ahead of the festive season to celebrate the joy of newness and the arrival of new additions—the PERSBOL chair and INGATORP table. Playing on the element of personification, the ads capture the reaction of the surrounding decor as they groove to song and dance making everything feel new and vibrant. The solution-oriented IKEA products, PERSBOL chair and the INGATORP table seamlessly blend with the Indian festive décor, breathing a new life into any living space. 

“At IKEA India, we aim to connect with our consumers on a deeper, meaningful level. The 'All Things Festive' campaign is a celebration of India’s festive spirit and highlights how little additions to a space add so much comfort, beauty and happiness. Through these unique narratives, rooted in human emotion, we intend to truly bring our brand closer to our customers”, said Anna Ohlin, Country Marketing Manager, IKEA India, on the launch of these campaigns. 

Pravin Sutar, Head of Creative, Leo Burnett added, "The build up to Diwali can be pretty overwhelming for people. All that you see brands say is" buy more, buy a lot... The more you buy, the happier you are, etc. Just buy, buy, buy!" This narrative didn't quite fit into the IKEA scheme of things - and our vision towards sustainability. We flipped the entire festive narrative and designed a campaign that's about buying less. "A little IKEA makes everything new". An idea that celebrates the power of IKEA design, and how it can light up a room with less. All this while keeping a fresh way to tell the story as well." 

The campaign will run on broadcast and across digital channels and is part of IKEA’s ongoing commitment to help consumers live better lives at home and strengthen IKEA’s positioning as an affordable brand for the many people.

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Best ads of the fortnight: Farmley's Rahul 'Deewar' Dravid, Scapia's Hindi Mariachi

Our pick of the best ads between September 1 and 15

By e4m Staff | Sep 22, 2023 4:32 PM   |   4 min read

best ads of the fortnight

Much to ad watchers' delight, it was a fortnight of many creative and entertaining ads. Needless to say, we had a hard time zeroing down on the most memorable ones. We got to see our favourite celebs in their zany avatars (Boy, were we surprised by Rahul Dravid!). Some ads tickled our ribs while others made us think.

Here is our pick of the best ads between September 1 and 15. As always, they have been listed alphabetically.


This Britannia Timepass ad by Lowe Lintas Bangalore hinged on the thought that the empty mind is indeed a devil's workshop. The ad demonstrates that in the absence of a "Chatpatang" flavour, the mind tends to do "Utpatang Timepass." The quirky ad showcases the 'Britannia Timepass' product line.


Everest did the unthinkable this week by getting Bollywood's twin icons Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan together for an ad. The film directed by another cinematic legend, R Balki, shows how the stars try to evade nosy paps outside their vanity vans.


How often does one see fathers promote baby care products? Sebamed deviated from the usual ad norm of having mothers as spokespersons and designated a dad instead. Who better to talk about your product's pH than Karan Johar, probably the most famous single dad in India?


Although Rahul Dravid has showcased his comic timings in a few ads before (CRED), it's the first we got to see him try mimicry. The cricketing great stars in healthy snacking brand Farmley's 'Healthy ko Rakhe Healthy' campaign where he channels Amitabh Bachchan's Vijay Verma character from Deewar (The Wall? Anyone?). "Aaj inke pass badam hai, kismish hai, pista hai, walnut hai, anjeer hai, kaju hai, peri- peri makhana hai, tumhare pass kya hai...aur bhi hai?" says Dravid in an ode to the legendary monologue from the film.


We enjoyed Jr NTR's "mass" entry in this Greenply ad for the brand's first-of-its-kind zero-emission plywood. To drive home the message, Jr NTR kicks a plywood cutout made in his own likeness since it doesn't meet his standards for zero emissions.

JSW Inspire

JSW Inspire has been roped in as the sports performance and lifestyle partner for the Asian Games 2022. The brand launched Team India's kits at an event earlier this month. The film launched for the association is an ode to the different arts and crafts of India that served as an inspiration for Team India's jersey. The film shows the jerseys flying over the vast Indian terrain, imbibing the iconic artistic patterns from each region.

Parle Krackjack

KrackJack plays up its sweet-and-salty proposition in this funny ad by Thought Blurb Communications. The ad tips hat to its "Krack" and "Jack" characters played by Boman Irani and Vijay Patkar from the 90s with Raghav Juyal and Dharmesh Yelande reprising the roles.


Rexona extends its support to FIFA’s Women’s Football objectives with the ‘Breaking Limits: Girls Can’ series in India with the aim to help more girls play football. Directed by Sandhya Daisy Sundaram, the video tells real stories of girls watching boys play football and talking about their challenges in a sport where only a few women have managed to access equal opportunity.

Kurkure Chaat Fills

Sara Ali Khan plays a ruthless gangster set on extracting information on the elusive and mysterious "maal." The ad by Leo Burnett introduces PepsiCo Kurkure's Chaat Fills product touted to provide snackers with a "multi-textural snacking experience." Much like the snack, the ad is a medley of sweet-and-sour moments and a delight to watch with suspense and comedy in equal parts.


This Scapia campaign is an experience in surrealism as we watch foreigners -- from Spanish to Korean -- mouth dialogues in shudh Hindi in perfect enunciations. The films are inspired by the real-life experiences of Indian travellers. They showcase how the cultural barriers break while travelling, which Scapia intends to enable by making travel more accessible. The film also features a real-life Mariachi band and features original music from a Korean-Pop artist.

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Levi’s and Deepika Padukone show what it means to ‘follow instincts’

The film is inspired by real-life moments

By e4m Staff | Sep 23, 2023 8:05 AM   |   2 min read


Levi’s has launched its campaign “For Now, For A Lifetime” to celebrate special moments and to talk about how they go on to be memories that stay with us, and ultimately shape each and every one of us.

The brand’s “For Now, For A Lifetime” campaign captures what following your instinct looks like. The film, inspired by real-life moments and instances, starts with Deepika Padukone sneaking away from a set, hopping into an auto-rickshaw and disappearing into the night.

In pairing a dark denim shirt and lighter high-loose jeans or a perfectly coordinated, jumpsuit-like look, Deepika Padukone brings a fresh and modern take to denim in this new campaign. Anchored by iconic product – timeless, but always on-trend blue jeans, the for-all-seasons trucker jacket and a wide range of much-loved graphic tees.

“The ‘For Now, For A Lifetime’ campaign is an embodiment of what it truly means to Live in Levi’s® and how our product is so deeply woven into our consumers’ lives. This campaign, featuring Deepika Padukone, is a celebration of moments when you can truly be your most authentic self. Enabling this for our consumers is what we strive to do, from how we create our product to how we bring it alive for our consumers,” said Amisha Jain, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, South Asia-Middle East, Africa and Non-EU markets (SAMEA), Levi Strauss & Co.

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Britannia Bourbon starts a global debate

The brand has launched a new TVC, conceptualised by Womb

By e4m Staff | Sep 23, 2023 9:04 AM   |   2 min read


Britannia Bourbon has introduced "Chocolate over Chocolate over Chocolate", an upgrade that is set to delight the taste buds of chocolate enthusiasts and elevate the Bourbon experience to new heights.

Conceptualized by The Womb, the TVC creatively brings to life the delightful mystery of Britannia Bourbon's new triple-layered chocolaty experience. As the TVC unfolds, viewers are immersed in a playful debate – is it truly chocolate on chocolate on chocolate, or perhaps chocolate below chocolate below chocolate? With each layer beautifully accentuated, the TVC not only tantalizes the taste buds but also sparks curiosity, inviting everyone to savour the delicious layers of Britannia Bourbon and decide for themselves.

Amit Doshi, Chief Marketing Officer at Britannia Industries Limited stated, “Britannia Bourbon has been the quintessential creme biscuit of India for generations. A treat to the taste buds and sparking joy in every household, teaching us the real treat for chocolate layers between the sugar-sprinkled biscuits. Britannia Bourbon has captivated millions with its rich flavour that is so unique to create a cult following like no other.”

He continued, “Today, we take a momentous step forward by introducing the all-new Britannia Bourbon with the new packaging that highlights its multiple layers of chocolate. This is a testimony of our dedication towards delivering innovative & superior taste experiences for our consumers. The much loved classic Britannia Bourbon for its exquisite blend of chocolatey goodness, and now we're taking that delight to new heights with three delectable layers of chocolate indulgence. We have increased the product supremacy by adding more chocolate to make it even more indulging. The television commercial creatively conceptualised by our partners, The Womb, brings to life our new brand proposition, which celebrates not just the layers of chocolate but also the layers of emotion, nostalgia, and joy that Britannia Bourbon brings to every bite.”

Suyash Khabya, Creative Head at The Womb said, "AM and Planning said Britannia Bourbon ki brief hai 'Chocolate pe Chocolate pe Chocolate'. On expected lines, Creative said 'Don't agree'! It's Chocolate below Chocolate below Chocolate'. And Boom! That was the idea. A debate. But rather than keeping the debate to a gully in India, we took it global. Gave it scale. We got the world to argue, and aggressively. A simple idea but unignorable. Or is it the other way around? Now, that's another debate."

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SNICKERS celebrates cricket season with Noobie twist

The campaign captures the quirks of cricket fandom with humour

By e4m Staff | Sep 23, 2023 8:28 AM   |   2 min read

Mars Wrigley's SNICKERS is hitting it out of the park with a humorous campaign that preps you for the upcoming cricket season. 
Building on its brand proposition of 'You're Not You When You're Hungry', the SNICKERS Noobie Mistakes captures the “out-of-sorts” fan moments solidifying its long-standing association with cricket. 
Set to roll out in two phases, the campaign, ideated by DDB Tribal, unfolds the concept of making Noobie Mistakes with a quirky TVC. The films build on the cricket season fever by featuring excited fans in “out-of-sorts moments” making hilarious blunders. SNICKERS presents itself as the ultimate solution to avoid such mishaps. 
Speaking on the 360° campaign, Varun Kandhari, Director of Marketing and Customer Marketing, at Mars Wrigley India, said,” The fun brand proposition of SNICKERS, ‘You’re not you when you’re hungry’, has been globally loved by consumers. As the spirit of cricket season kicks in, the campaign aims to bring together the exhilaration of cricket fandom with a dose of unexpected comedy. The all-new TVC and the unveiling of Noobieverse gaming platform will elevate the entertainment of consumers across the country. Through this, we emphasize our relevance among the GenZ audience while continuing to inspire billion moments of happiness among the consumers. We are confident SNICKERS® quirky celebration of the cricket season with its noobie take will deeply resonate with the audience.”
Speaking on the latest campaign, Iraj Fraz, Creative Head, DDB Tribal, said,” Ever 'called in sick' to your boss, only to foolishly post a picture of yourself watching the India-Pak match on Instagram? Noobie mistake! Maybe you just need a SNICKERS. After all, you're not yourself when you're hungry. So, this cricket World Cup season, SNICKERS launches a campaign that highlights the Noobie mistakes we make while trying to be the best fans and cheerleaders for our team.”
The films are available in nine languages including Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Tamil, and Telugu on both TV and digital platforms. 

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Cheil India weaves a story around affordability for Samsung Galaxy

The campaign is inspired by the tradition of hand-me-down gadgets within the family

By e4m Staff | Sep 24, 2023 4:00 PM   |   2 min read


Cheil India has crafted a new campaign for Samsung Galaxy Smartphones with a fresh take on making great tech affordable.

The campaign features two Galaxy products from the house of Samsung and is inspired by the tradition of hand-me-down gadgets within the family.

“Keeping true to our philosophy of making great tech affordable, The Samsung S23 Series builds on the philosophy of affordability where consumers can choose upto 24M no cost EMI along with an unmatched exchange bonus on their old device driving our mission of Digital India,” says Aditya Babbar, Senior Director, Mobile Business, Samsung India.

The campaign is anchored around a film and its essence is affordability. The film is about offers. For such a tactical film, Cheil India approached it in an entirely new light. They weaved in a storyline around siblings. How one avails the zero down payment offer on the Galaxy S23 Ultra and returns his old phone to his younger sister, and how she upgrades that for a Galaxy Z Flip5 with an additional discount. The follow-up ads establish the archetypal relationship that a brother-sister have and the role the Galaxy S23 Ultra plays in each aspect of their relationship.

“We have shared our smartphones with our siblings and all we did was capture this moment in a tongue-in-cheek manner, not to mention the attractive offers that make it easier to upgrade to Galaxy phones” says Vikash Chemjong, CCO, Cheil India.

Speaking about the campaign, Srijib Mallik- Head of Business-Samsung, at Cheil India, said, “Hand-me-down is common practice amongst siblings. However, with our attractive offers, one can get into the aspirational Galaxy series. Through slice-of-life films, we have catapulted this observation into a theme that holds the entire campaign together.”

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Pitch Perfect: How AI is helping agencies win new businesses

The technology helps agencies provide data-driven insights and create pitches more efficiently and faster, thereby streamlining tasks & freeing up time for strategic and creative thinking, say experts

By Tanzila Shaikh | Sep 22, 2023 9:06 AM   |   6 min read


Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become the new buzzword in town. While marketers have been using it for some time now to engage with their consumers more effectively, the newest lovers of the transformational technology, it seems, are advertising agencies. The agencies, say industry leaders, are using AI for the pitching process to win businesses. Though it is still work-in-progress when it comes to full-fledged use of the tools, industry leaders say AI provides them data-driven insights which help create pitches more efficiently and faster, thereby freeing up time for creative thinking. 

We spoke to experts to understand how actually AI has taken a seat at the pitch meetings.


New weapon in the arsenal

According to Rajni Daswani, Director - Digital Marketing, SoCheers, AI has now become a fundamental tool in the arsenal of agencies. “The technology is revolutionizing our ability to dissect many aspects, like providing valuable insights, that help us tailor our pitches for the clients. It helps us target audience, personalize content, provide data-driven insights and create pitches more efficiently and faster. It acts as a personalized assistant, streamlining tasks and freeing up time for strategic and creative thinking.”

Azazul Haque, CCO at Media.Monks, says they have been using AI when the idea needs it. “Whether to use AI tools for pitches depends on the idea. But for many pitches and for existing clients, we do use AI tools to create proof of concept. But we are using AI when the idea needs it and not for creating generic bulk content. We used machine learning for creating proof of concept in campaigns done for Tata Tea,” he adds.

While the industry is still getting a hang of the technology, some have started using different tools, says Dr. Sandeep Goyal, Chairman, Rediffusion. “AI is still work in progress. The art guys are still experimenting and learning every day. So, the real results from AI are yet to be experienced. Right now, you hit the high notes on one nice visual but struggle with the next one. It is an evolving business. When Photoshop came, it was a big leap forward. Now AI will take us to new realms. The pace of change really needs a cerebral leap forward. This is as much about good copywriters giving the right search word commands as art directors learning new skills,” he explains.

Sharing how they are using AI for pitching, Siddharth Bhansali, Founder, (Zoo Media), says AI is used as a starting point to get better insights, soemthing that wasn’t possible earlier. “AI is revolutionizing the way agencies craft their pitches. First and foremost, it provides data-driven insights that allow us to understand potential clients' needs, industry trends, and audience behavior with unprecedented precision. Instead of relying solely on intuition or broad industry knowledge, we now have access to detailed analytics that guide our strategies”, he said.

Explaining the technicalities of the usage, Preetham Venkky, Chief Digital Officer, DDB Mudra Group, shares,AI technology has created two kinds of tools. There are AI-first tools like ChatGPT and Midjourney and AI-augmented tools like Adobe Firefly. In the case of pitches, it is important to focus on the brand, which means the visuals, the copy, expression and the tone have to be focussed on the brand. So, in the case of pitches, we don’t use AI-first tools very much unless it’s an AI-driven concept. But we do use AI-augmented tools. After we win a client and if there is an interesting idea that needs to be showcased, that is where we use AI-first tools.”

Exercising Caution

One of the most common points that all experts made when asked about using AI for business pitches is that it helps them to get better insights of the audiences that they are targeting for the client, but one can depend on it only to an extent, atleast for now.

Shares Rahul Pahwa, Sr. VP and Business Head said (North), Grey Group, “Has AI been a gamechanger? I feel not yet. But it has enabled individuals to write quickly, and there are tools that help them to enhance their productivity and efficiency. For pitches, you have to know and be aware that everyone knows about these tools and so if you depend on AI to gain that edge, then it's a game of who knows the software better. Individuals use AI as a starting point, there are some advanced tools that can help you with scientific data in the strategy stage. So, at a strategy and research level, it helps to an extent.”

Venkky too shares the same concerns. “AI has been very useful in data interpretation. But for instance, if you are targeting a category, you are trying to look at the dynamics and if you are taking data from reports, it might be insufficient in front of the client because everyone might have the same reports. With AI tools you can get nuggets of deeper information and that’s how we use AI.”

Human intelligence is the real magic

Experts say that AI is just the starting point or the skeleton of the work, but the actual magic is still done by human intelligence and it is what makes a wholesome pitch and makes them win a business as well as forge a long-lasting relationship. 

According to Venkky, AI is a sous-chef while human intelligence is still the main chef. “AI is a great sous-chef. It’s a great prep chef and humans have to be the main chef. The sou- chef does 80% of the work but it’s the 20% of a human touch that make the 80% impactful.”

“Right now, it is not a gamechanger to win businesses. Human intelligence is still the fundamental of winning pitches. AI can’t help you create something new because it is definitely human creativity that gives you the edge,” says Pahwa.

Adds Haque, “AI will change the way industry functions. Bulk generic content, like always-on content, will mostly be created by AI in times to come. Just like industrial machines replaced handicrafts in the past, AI will replace human basic skill set-led departments like content writers, graphic designers, etc. It will create a future of thinking-led creative agencies. It might make the agencies leaner. Agencies might offer better ROI to the clients. Be it existing or new business.”


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