Coca-Cola India’s sparkling beverage Sprite has launched a ‘Sprite vs Summer’ campaign, which introduces interactive storytelling to engage with consumers. The campaign accentuates the brand’s evolution as the ultimate refresher by emphasising its cut-through clarity, honesty and fun-loving way to look at the simplicities of life.
The film opens with two friends sitting on the steps outside a shop where the protagonist is holding a bottle of Sprite, while his friend is fanning himself with a newspaper, seeming to be restless and fed up with the heat. His friend proposes to beat the summer heat by going to an air-conditioned theatre to relax or travelling to a hill station to enjoy the cool breeze or take a cold shower to refresh.
The film progresses on the basis of the selection made by the while watching it on digital platforms. The protagonist takes a swig of his Sprite, as all the plans of the friend seem to fail. The friend ultimately realises that these brilliant ideas may or may not work, but the one idea that will always work is a simple refreshing Sprite.
The summer campaign will be supported by an integrated marketing campaign, including TV commercials in eight languages – Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Marathi, Bengali, Oriya, Malayalam and Hindi. The Tamil film features Indian film composer Anirudh Ravichander and comedian Daniel Annie Pope. The Telugu film features comedian Darshi.
Shrenik Dasani, Vice-President, Sparkling Category, Coca-Cola India and South West Asia, said, “Summer in India is always intense and in our spirit of ‘jugaad’, we always try to find brilliant and innovative ways to beat the heat. Sometimes though, as the mercury rises, we feel the need to come up with ideas that are ‘different’ and ‘unique’...where a simple solution might just have worked! So, our message is an honest, tongue-in-cheek take on how ‘unique’ and ‘different’ ideas may or may not work to beat the heat, but what will always work is a simple refreshing Sprite. The campaign will utilise traditional touchpoints, including the IPL, and as a refreshing twist, will include this interactive film. We were looking for a new format to drive home the point that despite all the ‘unique’ and ‘different’ ideas and choices out there to beat summer, it seems like there is only one choice that always works!”
Commenting on the idea behind the campaign, Kapil Arora, President, Ogilvy & Mather, said, “Summer in India is unforgiving and during the season, nothing refreshes like Sprite. And while many people have different hacks and ideas (unsuccessfully) to beating the unrelenting heat, there is only one idea that works every time – Sprite.”
The campaign will also see innovative temperature-based activations on digital platforms. In case of an increase in temperature, for instance above 45 degrees, consumers in the particular city who click on the online banner will get a chance to receive a free Sprite sampling coupon.
Client Servicing: Amarinder Butalia, Subhash Kumar, Sheena Rustagi
Agency: Ogilvy & Mather
Agency: Ogilvy & Mather
Creative Team: Krishna Mani, Shailender Mahajan, Anissha Mazumdar, Hardik Trivedi
Production House: Curious Films
Post Production House: Prime Focus
Director: Vivek Kakkad
DOP: Maciek Sobieraj
Music: Sameer Uddin