If you’re a communications professional in India, chances are you know what a typical Kerala Tourism ad campaign looks like. Supremely crafted, with raw natural beauty captured in breathtaking panoramas or striking close-ups. Usually celebrated for their sheer artistry and sometimes mocked for completely overlooking the authentic flavour of Kerala. But when #HumanbyNature, Kerala Tourism’s first global ad film in 9 years, was released barely a year after the floods that brought the state to its knees and its people standing shoulder to shoulder with each other, something was different.
Gone are the days when marketing communication was about pitching strategically thought out product benefits in witty consumer-speak and well-crafted visuals. I can hear marketers breathe a collective sigh of relief at its demise. Because, clearly, its replacement, the cause marketing campaign is an easier beast to tame, right?
The year began with a spot of drama. Everyone’s favorite Irvins Salted Egg Chips had committed a boo-boo: a dead lizard was found in a packet of their fish skin snack packet.