Monday, February 3, 2014

The Worst Indian Ad

This Park Avenue ad aired on television channels these days tops the list of the poor ads produced in India. It objectifies women like most ads from the deoderant category, just that it goes even further to prove that women are men's possesion worthy of being fought over and owned. This ad even looks down on its own its target group, of men, by showing them to be using a deoderant to mark their possesion aka women like a dog.

What might have been the clients brief to the agency?

All the ads in the category show that deos help men get women. We have to do the same but differently.
How might the planners have sold this idea the client?
Aggression is cool these days.
Lets show the animal instinct in the man.
But in a sophisticated way as the brand's TG is a bit more mature. Its the young proffessional and not teenagers (like those being wooed by other brands).
How might the creatives have cracked this idea?
1st - It will be cool to potray the man's animal instinct in their fight for women. 
2nd - You know the dog marks its territory by smell by urinating around.
1st - Wow this also provides the category connect. Lets literally translate this animal instinct into the human context. 

What comes out of all this is the worst Indian ad I have seen in recent days. It drew a hole in the client's balance sheet and at best delivered some awareness (due to the frequency) and negative associations (due to the creative) towards the brand.

Heres the full ad from their Youtube channel. 

Believe - The New Fragrance from Park Avenue Deodorants - For the man who Believes in Vitality

This ad is still palatable compared to the shorter version that was often seen on national television. It showed only the parts where the Park Avenue man sprays the deoderant around the lady to disuade another another guy from approaching her. It seemed so dumb that when I first saw the start of the ad I thought it was a sarcastic play on the other deoderant ads and that they would end it by simply talking about their deo like Sprite's 'Seedhi baat' campaign. But the ad went on to literally show the man guarding his woman by spraying Park Avenue deo all around her. It surely gave us a hearty laugh.

If people really bought into this idea Park Avenue's self dissolving room freshner might have been a better product to use as compared to a deo which needed to be sprayed all around the women like a mosquito repellant. Or did they actually rip off this adea (ad idea) from the Hit's mosquito repellant ad and not go through the process I imagined earlier.

Hit Spray - Ek bhi machhar nahi bachega.

Lucky this spray doesnt have All Out's MMR (mosquito mortality rate) shakti.



  1. Well, i would agree to your point that its not a good ad at all but do you think that in deodorant category the customer would really recall an ad and buy the product unless its having a USP like FOGG...All are in the rat race for showing, deodorant would attract the opposite sex...So in that case, i can infer, an ad would play a very limited role (particularly for this category) irrespective of it being good, bad or worst, but it should reach its TG just to make an impression in the mind of consumer. Other important factor is the packaging and the product (here the fragrance) should be appealing, so that it stands out in the rack where there are many other deodorants competing for the same buyer.
    But this is my opinion and do let me know if you think otherwise.

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