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Sunday, 24 February 2013

Innovation - at the Maha Kumbh Mela

Hi everyone I wanted to share this amazing article with you !

Ogilvy Action tied up with over 100 dhaba owners (tiffin carriers) in the vicinity of Kumbh Mela and handed out more than 2.5 million chapattis stamped with the Lifebuoy message.

'Did you wash your hands with Lifebuoy?' That was the message, in Hindi, stamped on over 2.5 million chapattis at the Maha Kumbh Mela, the largest congregation of human beings on the planet.  The unusual advertising medium certainly had pilgrims taking notice.

The campaign enabled Unilever, the company that makes the soap, to reach a large audience in a low-cost but effective manner.

Rotis with a message

Unilever has the advertising agency Ogilvy Action to thank for the brilliant advertising idea. 

Vipul Salvi, the 34-year-old National Creative Director of Ogilvy Action, is the one of the people behind the campaign. He says the idea needed to be big and innovative. "The obvious options were to put up stalls and play games around health and hygiene, but that would have been too gimmicky," remarks Salvi.

Those ideas were rejected since the Maha Kumbh is a spiritual affair. The mandate, therefore, was to look at other ways of getting the consumer in touch with the brand.

The ad agency deliberated over the campaign for close to eight months and came up with over 200 ideas before zeroing in on the roti campaign.

 Rotis being stamped with the message

A heat stamp was specially made to make an impression on the chapattis.
The agency tied up with over 100 dhaba owners in the vicinity and handed out more than 2.5 million chapattis stamped with the Lifebuoy message.

 The heat stamps used to make an impression on the chapattis

Lifebuoy achieved its aim of increasing awareness and getting people in touch with the brand.
And many of the millions at the Maha Kumbh Mela ate with cleaner hands.


  1. Good afternoon Lena. What a clever idea, to communicate this simple but important message.

  2. What a marvellous idea Lena. We could do with that sort of advertising here instead of billboards that no one pays any attention to.

  3. What a great idea Lena we could all learn from that ..I love reading your blog hun its great huggles hun Sue J xx

  4. Absolutely brilliant, this just goes to show that advertising can be responsible, especially when it managed to get to such large numbers. A very effective and innovative project, which will have far reaching consequences.

    Great to hear from you Lena, hoping you and the family are all well. I do so enjoy reading your stories, take care Kate x

  5. Hi Lena, This is a Fabulous idea, this way this important message can reach so many! Brilliant... Hugs May x x x

  6. Thank you my wonderful friends, Carol, Marie-Louise, May, Sue, Katie ! It's really great to know you visit my blog so often. I am happy to share the greatness of my country and all that it has to offer. Love to you all and blessings to your families.

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