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Big Bazaar Kiddie Club: Look who's selling now!

By Fairy Dharawat | Vjmedia Works | February 06, 2014

Big Bazaar collaborated with DDB Mudra Max to create a marketing campaign which revolved around kids aged between 3 and 15 years who, in a unique initiative, were involved in the whole ideation and concept.

Children today are considered primary influencers in buying decisions. Big Bazaar, along with DDB Mudra, took this insight and created a campaign around it to convert their retail space into a sought after destination for kids. And thus was born the Big Bazaar's Kiddie Club, a "campaign of the kids, by the kids and for the kids”.

Akshay Mehrotra, Chief Marketing Officer, Big Bazaar, says while speaking on the campaign targeting kids, "We at Big Bazaar recognized that today's kids are very independent and have their own individualistic tastes and preference. Big Bazaar's Kiddie Club recognized their need for independence by involving them in building this campaign. We can say that this is a campaign of the kids, by the kids and for the kids. The idea was to make their shopping experience memorable and fun at our stores based on their definition of fun and memorable experience. I am sure this exclusive membership will make every kid feel special and build a special bond with the brand."

On similar lines, Sanjay Panday, Sr. VP and Business Head, DDB Mudra adds, "The idea was to 'unlearn' what we knew and 'learn' something new about kids. And what better way than getting the 'kids' to create the idea that they believed would work for their peer group. The exercise was truly enlightening and gave us some sharp insights about how today's kids think and how they have a strong point of view on just about everything. These learnings will help us build a much larger and sustainable agenda for various kids related properties at Big Bazaar."





Here is a brief on how they created the entire campaign.

Objective

Kiddie club aimed at reaching around 6,00,000 kids in its launch phase and build a regular appointment with them, thus ensuring repeated footfalls throughout the year.  Understanding the growing profitability of tapping consumers at a younger age and with over 7% business catering to the kids' merchandise, Big Bazaar wanted to establish itself as a destination for kids shopping.

Challenge  

How does a brand known for groceries and veggies break this clutter and make a fun and attractive proposition to this age group? How to make them visit a retail store more often?  Will the communication created by adults be appealing enough for this age group?

Idea: Big Bazaar Kiddie Club

Conceptualizing the idea through a kids advisory board

In order to understand their world and speak their language, Big Bazaar formed a Kids' Advisory Board by selecting 12 junior brand managers for the Club. This board helped in conceptualizing the very idea of the club: right from the fun activities which would keep the kids interested in to the most relevant offers and prizes. The entire mechanism of the club was worked on by this board.  Only after a pilot research test with this board, were the communication and offers finalized.

The Kiddie Club

This is an exclusive kids club which allows kids to behave like adults: each member kid gets his/her own card and they can accumulate points on this card by shopping and/or participating in various fun events. Based on the points accumulated on that card, kids get to win exciting prizes. The idea is to introduce the brand and its merchandise to this age group through fun activities conducted in stores.

How the club works:

Parents enroll their kids to this club through their payback cards. Each kid gets his/her own identity (a card for himself) with their name, gender and age on it. On purchase of certain kids' items or on participation in a few activities at store, members accumulate points. These points equate to certain benefits and assured gifts. Big Bazaar tied up with Disney for the grand prize, a trip to Disneyland, Honk Kong. Other assured gifts are Disney Princess Academy passes, Big Bazaar gift vouchers etc.  Using the payback card is a smart way to not just maintain a database of this age group but also to reach out to their parents through them.

Execution

Bringing the idea alive:

Getting kids to connect and engage with a retail brand like Big Bazaar that generally speaks to their parents at large was quite a challenge in itself.  To top it all, there had to be enough carrots for the kids to enrol in it.  Says Sanjay Panday, Sr. VP and Business Head, "We had to share with them the mechanism of the Club and the various gratifications that the kids can expect, after they become a part of the Club. So the first thing that we decided was that the tone of the Kiddie Club campaign wouldn't be like the other Big Bazaar campaigns. We spoke to the kids in a language that they find exciting and can relate to themselves. After interacting with a lot of kids and understanding what excites them, the team cracked this new lingo for the Kiddie Club communication that has Hindi words ending in -ing-; this gave a good ring to what team said and grew on kids even during the research. Thereafter, the jingle for the TVC as well as the print copy was entirely written in this new lingo.”

Well, talk about encashing pester power! This is certainly a good example!

Campaign Credits:

DDB Mudra West

Chairman  & CCO: Sonal Dabral

Office Head: Rajiv Sabnis

Account Management: Sanjay Panday, Makarand Gholba, Abhimanyu Juneja, Pooja Vaidya

Sr. Creative Director: Anand Karir, Vinayak Nayak

Copy: Anand Karir

Creative team: Rishabh Dave, Binal Parekh, Sunil Petkar

Planning: Subash Franklin, Shravya Kaparthi

Films Dept : Siddhi Bhopale, Pravin Misal, Vishal Sane

Production House: Show and tell

Production Executive: Anil Sonawane
Director : Nitish Sharma
Producer : Sunil Sharma
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