O&M brings alive Fevicol Marines' waterproof promise

MUMBAI: Pidilite‘s adhesive brand Fevicol has rolled out a new TV campaign for its water proof adhesive product ‘Fevicol Marine‘. This is the second campaign of its kind, the first having been launched two years back.

In the previous campaign, the ad borrowed from one of the most remembered Fevicol ads - the one that featured the "Dum laga ke haisha" tagline. This time though the tug of war doesn‘t happen on land, but in the backwaters of Kerala. The concept was adopted in order to reiterate that Fevicol Marine promises a strong bond even in water.

This time around, Fevicol Marine campaign tagline is ‘Wohi mazboot jod, paani mein bhi‘ and has been conceptualised by Ogilvy & Mather and the ad is produced by Corcoise Films. The ad will be aired across key markets including entire Hindi speaking belt and supported by regional channels in South India, West Bengal, Maharashtra, and Gujarat for 4-5 weeks period starting mid-September 2012. The communication will be extended through various BTL activities such as outdoor advertising, high visibility and innovative POS, demand generation activations, dealer certification, contractor certification and gratification program, Contractor contact programs, Marine Shoppee among other elements.

The story of the commercial follows a boatman in the rural hinterland who has set out in his boat to a nearby city. His boat is filled to capacity with wooden chairs. As he rows through the serene waters, an old man waves out to him, almost as if he wants to hitch a ride. Since there‘s no room on the boat, the boatman subtly gestures to the old man that he can‘t take him on board. Just then the old man clarifies that it‘s not him who wants a ride but his young daughter. The boatman suddenly stops the boat.

On seeing the beautiful daughter, the boatman decides to offer her a ride at any cost. He kicks a stack of chairs into the water and makes room for her. The girl quickly points out towards her goat. So the boatman throws more chairs into the water. Once again the girl points out towards a huge hay stack. Soon all chairs are kicked out of the boat. And the boatman happily continues his journey, ferrying the girl, her goat as well as the hay stack.

It is then revealed that he hasn‘t gotten rid of his chairs either. He‘s tied them to the boat with a rope, unperturbed by the fact that the wooden furniture is submerged in water.

Pidilite Industries chief marketing officer Anil Jayaraj said, "In last two years, the brand has evolved to successfully create a niche waterproof adhesive category and strengthen the overall brand equity of the mother brand Fevicol. Post successful campaign with the last creative, we wanted to highlight the strength and brand promise in an entertaining and humorous manner that has become synonymous with Fevicol advertising. With the help of the new creative, the brand has embarked on a new journey of becoming the ideal adhesive for waterproof plywood & for damp areas like kitchen etc."

The TV campaign will be supported by an integrated marketing campaign. Apart from outdoors and increased visibility at trade outlets Pidilite is also executing a number of demand generation initiatives to reap maximum advantage of the new TVC.

Ogilvy & Mather- South Asia executive chairperson and creative director Piyush Pandey said, "Keeping in mind the tone and manner that Fevicol has had for the last 20 years, the Fevicol Marine ad captures the spirit of India, borrows from India and therefore becomes a part of the fabric of India like all Fevicol ads have been."

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