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Axe Case Study - Call Me Now

Axe Case Study - Call Me Now

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Axe Call Me

Approach  Brand caretakers took on the task of developing a distinctive activation campaign within the overall umbrella theme of Axe. At an emotional level Axe operates in the space of feeding the sensual game fantasy. Though the fantasy was true for the TG in class I town, but reaching to it was a distant dream. They have a very conservative approach. At the initial stage they wanted to meet the girl and know her better. And for this to happen the most important thing was to get the girls number  Deodorant brand Axe is known for its cheeky, in-your-face campaigns that end up generating buzz, and its new thematic brand campaign, ‘Call Me’, is no different. Targeted at the young urban male, the cool, sexy, youthful brand is positioned as one that helps guys get ahead in the sensual game.  In order to make the activation effective brand caretakers suggested a strategy to roll out the ‘Call Me’ campaign in three phases. Brand Insight

‘Axe’s great fragrance helps you get girls number’ Campaign Idea

‘Women uncontrollably giving out their numbers and asking the guy to call them’ Strategy Used

The research gave out details on women who were open to flirting over the phone and gave out their phone numbers to guys who they liked.Seed Phase In this phase brand caretakers framed a questionnaire and commissioned a research along with the client in various cities across India among girls/women asking them when and how they give out their phone numbers to a guy. based on reports were released by Axe Research Labs. The lab conducted a study of 750 girls across six cities in India about phone conversations. Even before the campaign broke. Teaser Print Ads NUMBERITIS PRINT ADS . Statics included factoids like ninety two per cent of girls confessing that they are willing to exchange phone numbers with a guy if they like him in the first meeting.These research findings were used to create ads to build curiosity. This was the insight that drove the new Axe ‘Call me’ campaign idea. there wereteaser print ads that ran talking about the ‘Numberitis’ disease.

Tanya would also call the person back at the pre-determined time he has set for the next five days. and to make the experience even more memorable (and also to Keep Axe top of mind) free wake up service for a week. would you?’ etc. press 2 for no’. engage them and make them experience the Axe effect. even the latest iPhone. this number plays a large part in this campaign.’. For this brand caretakers developed an IVR . If I think you have the Axe effect you could win some great prizes like an iPod or. Interestingly. would you give me a hug? Yes or no? Press 1 for yes. the team actively pushed the call-in number 009987333333 through print and outdoor ads. As part of the ‘Wake Up’ service. In this phase the brand caretakers wanted to popularize their ‘Axe wakeup call’ service which can be availed . Launch In this phase the brand caretakers released the TVC along with the outdoors and collaterals Once people called the number they were directed to an IVR where hot axe girls flirted with them. who asks him some simple questions to check if he has the “Axe effect”. ‘If I ask you to take me for a ride on your bike. ‘Hi. When someone calls the Axe number the caller gets to talk to an Axe angel Tanya. The Axe team has built a unique and engaging IVRS (integrated voice recording system) that plays when people call the number. The caller stands a chance to win prizes and can also register for a wake-up service.Launch + Engagement Phase In this phase the brand caretakers wanted to reach the TG. The caller hears messages like. hey. My name is Tanya. ‘If I say I’m cold.

by calling the number. The activity was done in 24 stores in where approximately 1300 Polaroid’s and 500 visiting cards were placed per store. Mumbai. Cards4U. The creative agency Lowe had made an activation plan based on the international campaign. part of the popular postcard advertising company. or a visiting card with the number and the message ‘Call me’. The activity in the Lee Stores started mid-April and continued for a month.  Launch TVC  Outdoor . Interestingly. and a guerilla activity was one of the ideas. When someone — ideally a guy — tries on a pair of jeans or a shirt in the store. Axe has also done an on-ground activation in the form of postcard branding where it has tied-up with Lee stores in Delhi NCR. By doing this for a week every morning we were ensuring that the TG wakes up listening to Axe branding in a completely uncluttered environment. The postcard branding has been handled by Gotcha! Impact Media. Bangalore and Kolkata. The best place / way to catch their TG. he will find aPolaroid picture in his pocket of a sexy girl with her phone number. Gotcha! picked it up and proposed it to the client.

 Axe Wake up service ads .

 Guerrilla Ads.000 ‘Hey Axe Man’ ringtones have already At the rate this would be the best campaign Axe has ever done in India been downloaded. Lowe has been extremely successful in creating the campaigns that have changed the perception of the Indian market about deodorants. Axe postcards were also placed at youth hang outs. director and creative head. and still counting.” Close to 40.post cards inserted in jeans pockets Outcome of the campaign      The number of calls expected was 10 lakhs for the entire campaign (1st March – 30th June) The response received was 40 lakhs unique calls Over seven lakh wake-up alarms being set. etc. Gotcha! Impact Media. coffee shops. says. Noreen van Holstein.” Conclusion: The campaign created immense curiosity not only amongst the guys but also the girls. “The cards ensured guaranteed interaction with a focused target audience as the cards were placed in youth hang outs and cards — and thus the brand message — are being picked up voluntarily. .

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