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Dettol’s 4-step #HandWashChallenge breaks records on TikTok

The challenge witnessed over 18 billion views

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MUMBAI: Dettol, the leading germ protection brand in the country broke national records with the launch of its #HandWashChallenge on TikTok aiming to raise awareness on four simple steps of handwashing. Practicing hand washing for 20 seconds is one of the best preventive measures to avoid the spread of viruses as recommended by WHO. Interestingly, the challenge that kick started on 14 March 2020 witnessed over 18 Billion views and generated over 123K user participation videos in one week of starting the campaign.

Strategically aimed at creating awareness among audience, a unique song has been created pairing it extremely well with the hashtag #HandWashChallenge. The hashtag filter has a branded Dettol strip across the top with the hashtag and names the steps involved in washing hands. The user can dance out the steps to the challenge and share it with their friends to further amplify the message on hygiene and safety.

Commenting on the success, RB Health South Asia chief marketing officer Pankaj Duhan said: “We are elated with the response to the #HandWashChallenge, it has definitely become one of the most successfully led initiatives by any of our brands at RB. Understanding the consumer’s mindset is of the utmost importance to us, therefore our campaign communication is built in a way that creates meaningful conversations to drive awareness amongst consumers. The participation by TikTok users across India has helped deliver the right message in a more engaging and interactive manner. I personally would like to encourage more and more people to join this global health & hygiene educational exercise. Together, let us all build a healthier nation, four steps at a time.”

He further added, “Over the past couple of weeks we have witnessed a lot of misinformation floating around hygiene practices, especially over the internet. Realizing the gravity of the issue and being the responsible brand, we felt it was our prerogative to initiate this awareness campaign.”

The campaign witnessed several quirky activities on each day leading to increased consumer interest. Joining the force were some of Bollywood’s popular celebrities like Kartik Aaryan and Urvashi Rautela among several other TikTok influencers who have millions of followers on the platform. As part of Phase II, Dettol plans to take the challenge global by encouraging more users to participate while the audience worldwide.  

Here is Kartik Aaryan’s TikTok video: https://vm.tiktok.com/saM3ng/

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