The commercial was released recently on various television channels; watch the TVC here.
Hitesh Ranot | Delhi | January 6, 2011
"Infotainment is a much abused portmanteau word. Used in the context of television, it refers to programmes that provide both information and entertainment. But long before television coined this word, there was a board game that provided infotainment: Scrabble. This delightful game improves children's word power without ever giving them a whiff of its educational value -- making not just the children but their parents happy too,â says Sumanto Chattopadhyay, Executive Creative Director South Asia.
He continued, âIn keeping with the genre of infotainment, the Scrabble TVC appeals to children's sense of mischievous fun, by showing them how knowing big words can get them out of tight spots. Of course, parents viewing the commercial would read between the lines and know that Scrabble promotes learning in a manner that children would be receptive to. They would likely be convinced to go out and purchase this winning tool with which to boost their child's English vocabulary, something so essential to finding one's way in today's world.â
âIncidentally, the word infotainment has a score of 17 in Scrabble!" pointed out Sumanto.
âThis commercial shows that knowing big words isnât boring. In fact, itâs so much fun that now a child will learn big words to use it to his advantage. And nothing excites a parent more than seeing their children learn big words on their own,â said Sukesh Kumar Nayak, Senior Creative Director.
Heeral Akhaury, Senior Creative Director said "The more words you know the smarter you get and this was a great way to demonstrate it. Being a mother of 2 kids, its always been a challenge to get them to learn new words. The commercial not only did that, in the bargain I too added some new words to my vocabulary."
âThe learning was that Scrabble is not a self starter game and does not feature very high among the kids favourite unlike other board games. Therefore the challenge was to position Scrabble as a fun game that also enhances your vocabulary. The TVC clearly communicates that Smart kids play Scrabble,â said Ajay Mehta, Client Services Director.
"Scrabble is easily the world's most-popular word game, having sold more than 150 million sets in 30 languages in the last sixty years. Compared to its compatriots, Scrabble stands apart as a game that not only promotes a sense of competition and fair play, but at its core is all about "Fun with words". The fact that you get âsmarter with words as you play more Scrabbleâ, was precisely the point we make in the current TVC.
We feel that this is a viewpoint that will resonate strongly among Scrabble enthusiasts across all ages throughout the country," said Rahul Bhowmik, Head â Marketing, Mattel Toys India Pvt. Ltd.
Client: Mattel Toys India Pvt L.T.D.
Agency: Ogilvy Mumbai
Sumanto Chattopadhyay, Executive Creative Director, South Asia
Sukesh Kumar Nayak, Senior Creative Director
Heeral Ahkaury, Senior Creative Director
Ragini Singh - Copywriter
Sonali Sehgal â Senior Vice President
Ajay Mehta - Client Services Director
Kunal Rasania - Group Account Manager
Production House: Old School Films led by Piyush Ragani
Nice Ad makes lots of sense - thanks for coming out with such an innovative commercial. A Scrabble lover since 30 years.