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Whirlpool makes a big splash welcoming the festive season

MUMBAI: In keeping with the festive spirit, Whirlpool Of India, a subsidiary of the Whirlpool Corporation, a global manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances, has announced its plans for the festive season of 2006. The company unveiled four new product ranges as its special 'Diwali' promotion "Magic Ka Maskaa Lagaao" kicked off.

The newly launched products will be supported by a multi-media campaign including above the line - advertising featuring brand ambassadors Ajay Devgan and Kajol and a host of below the line activities such as marketing tie-ups, in-shop display, promotions, direct marketing, product demonstrations and on ground events in seven states. The total advertising and marketing spend earmarked for the Diwali promotion this year is in the range of Rs. 600 million, informs an official release.

Focusing on its growth plans, the company announced its new marketing initiatives. As part of the festival plans, the company has introduced new ranges of products, which include 'Sensation Classic' front load washing machine, Sparkle & Verve Semi Auto washing machine, Genius XL refrigerator. All the newly launched products come with unique innovative features intended to create magic in the life of a homemaker.

Speaking on the occasion, Whirlpool of India managing director Arvind Uppal said, "We had a very good first half of year 2006 and with the festival promotion and new product launches, we are confident of reinforcing our market leadership. We would be looking at a growth of 40% over 2005 this festive season."

This 'Diwali' promotion is in line with the brand's proposition to help homemaker create magic every time she brings a Whirlpool product home. Commencing on 15 September 2006, the company would offer an assured gift and a scratch card on purchase of any Whirlpool product. The assured gifts vary from Nirlep non-stick saucepan to winning an Intergold diamond pendant. Apart from winning a gift on every purchase, the consumer will also be entitled to a scratch card. Above all, company would also offer special prices to celebrate the spirit of Diwali with the customers, adds the release.

Announcing the special 'Diwali promotion' and launching the new range of products, Whirlpool of India VP marketing Shantanu Das Gupta, "Our endeavour has always been to understand our consumer's needs and coming up with innovative ways to cater to them. We are extremely excited to bring this unbeatable consumer offer for all our customers this year, during Diwali. It builds off the insight that all homemakers love to be pampered by their spouses.

"Bringing home a Whirlpool appliance is the perfect way to apply the " maska" this Diwali! Our four new ranges of products are specially designed keeping in mind the needs of a homemaker. With these initiatives, we intend to give our consumers the best in class products and offers that would bring magic to their homes this Diwali."

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