This is a simple yet powerful idea that I believed was worth experimenting on.
Premise : People tend to get aggressive and violent when they drink themselves silly. Even beating up family members!
Need : To warn people against domestic violence and physical abuse, especially when in an inebriated state, the idea must have a shock-effect to shake them off their wits.
Idea : We designed innovative coasters and placed them at several bars. Impact is a small word that this action had and how?
In the beginning the coaster is white. When a glass is placed on it, its wetness begins to act on the special coating on the coaster’s surface, slowly revealing an image. The more drinks one has, the image gets clearer and clearer till one sees the face of a physically abused woman.
Specially treated with magic ink, the white surface on the coaster becomes transparent when it comes in contact with any liquid thereby revealing the image. And I dare say that this image is awful enough for the high to get sober in a trice.
Here’s media innovation at its simplest! A unique ambient idea that got Delhi’s streets drooling!
Why : Nirula’s, one of the earliest fast food chains in New Delhi, revamped their menu introducing new Indian items of which kebabs was expected to be the show stealer. Besides informing customers about this, they also wanted to reiterate the fact that though there was intense competition from McDonalds, KFC and Pizza Hut now, they were still an on-the-go food favourite.
Idea : STREETLAMP SKEWERS.
One morning New Delhi woke up to a delicious surprise in the form of a visual treat. 12 ft high streetlamps near Nirula’s outlets had turned into skewers overnight with succulent kebabs on it! They teased, slowed down traffic, made people smile and take photographs and of course had them rushing for the real stuff at the adjacent outlets.
Result : The kebabs became an instant hit and the most preferred dish at Nirula’s outscoring other dishes by 3:1. Footfalls jumped by 30%.
A skewerful of awards apart, this idea is also taught as a case study in OOH media.