Vicco has signed Alia Bhatt as its brand ambassador. Bhatt will represent the brand’s headliner product, Vicco Vajradanti and its variants.
The brand has been a heavy advertiser on cinema screens to reach to captive audiences but now with Bhatt on board, there will be a tectonic shift in their communication and media strategies. Vicco Vajradanti will now be seen across media spectra.
Sanjeev Pendharkar, Director, Vicco, said, “Vicco Vajradanti has been a household name since 1952. It has a large base of loyal users. The marketing task was to appeal to the younger generation, the millennials and also make a pure ayurvedic paste a part of their daily regime, and hence helping them with good oral health and who better than Alia as a brand ambassador to do this.”
Bhatt will be shooting for TV commercials and theatre spots followed by print and outdoor ads. The major shift in communication for Vicco will be insertion of digital in their media plan and Bhatt will be seen in multiple short format videos and content from Vicco’s stable that fits the digital space.
Speaking about engaging with Vicco, Bhatt said, “I’m really excited to be a part of this journey with Vicco. I have grown up seeing their advertisements in theatres and they are imprinted in my mind. To take on this mandate of Vicco’s brand overhaul is a huge responsibility because this is a brand with legacy and deeply entrenched in the market. I’m all set to take the plunge.”
The story line for the commercials and digital content captures Vicco’s brand trust and Bhatt’s fresh free-spirited disposal which fuels the brand’s ambition of an over haul. There are two central TVCs — a musical and one around a dentist theme to include good oral hygiene messaging. The campaign is designed and executed by Triton Communication. The campaign breaks with one TVC and a series of 15 seconders based on the variants.
Jyotsna Parikh, Creative Head Mumbai, Triton Communications, said, “It’s really exciting for a creative person to be part of a relaunch, especially when it’s a brand that we’ve grown up with and loved. The idea is simple. When teeth are happy, they sing. And the song they sing is the Vicco jingle. The jingle is the biggest asset of the brand and we’ve remixed it to make it young and modern. We found the perfect brand fit in Alia and we’re sure she’ll draw in the younger audience that we want to capture. This musical film will be followed by a more rational one but delivered with an Alia dose of mischievousness.”
Virendra Saini, Business Head Mumbai, Triton Communications, said, “An opportunity to work on Vicco Vajradanti is a dream come true and a privilege. Years have passed but this brand has never compromised on its quality of being pure Ayurveda and in a time when so much of chemicals are being consumed which are harmful for the body, the millennials of today need to connect with this trusted ayurvedic brand for their oral hygiene. The idea was to build on the famous brand jingle by modernising it and making it stick with the youth of today.”
While the campaign breaks with TV, cinema spots and print campaigns running parallel, the digital content will be staggered all through the first quarter of calendar year 2020. Vicco will also use Alia’s image in product containers and packaging through 2020.
Vicco group’s product portfolio includes herbal toothpastes, herbal tooth powder, natural turmeric and sandalwood oil based skin creams, herbal shaving creams and a natural ayurvedic pain relief cream Vicco Narayani.