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Go find a box of tissues. You’re going to need a few to mop up some happy, nostalgic tears.
Last month, British Airways launched their “Visit Mum” campaign, which is an attempt to make traveling home a little easier for Indian ex-pats. From this campaign, BA highlights the increased number of daily flights from more North American cities to more Indian cities.
This 5 minute ad, crafted by O&M NY, builds on beautiful images of Mumbai, and moves into telling the story of a son who hasn’t been home in fifteen years.
Aside from the fact that the ad is beautifully shot, the core of the message is completely universal, yet genuine and thoughtful. The ad doesn’t have to mention anything about the services or promotions offered by the airline. It centers in on the value of the mother-child relationship, and the pure joy found when families reunite. As a whole, the ad plays on the deep emotional connection between a mother and son, which in turn, engages the viewer with its core message.
This ad is a perfect example of how good advertising works. David Meerman Scott explains compelling stories educate, engage, and entertain consumers. Good (and effective) advertising is the strategic fusion of communication, culture, and creativity. This amalgam of innovative messaging is what inspires action.
Kudos to British Airways and O&M NY for telling such a sweet story.
Oh, and the #visitmum website even includes Ratesh’s mother’s Bhindi recipe. Nailed it.
Liberty Mutual launched a commercial back in 2006 promoting responsibility – stranger to stranger. Their commercial received so much attention that they decided to form “The Responsibilty Project” which according to their website “[they] thought, if one TV spot can get people thinking and talking about responsibility, imagine what could happen if [they] went a step further? So [they] created a series of short films, and this website, as an exploration of what it means to do the right thing.”
The video below is the first commercial they aired in 2006.
The website features over a dozen short films showcasing different ways that strangers are responsible to one another. The videos are great short movies, and really eye catching. They leave the individual really questioning his or her own actions. This is a GREAT method to really engage the audience and encourage some type of action. Though it’s not about the product it’s action to join the movement of responsibility.
I think it’s absolutely fantastic that Liberty Mutual saw a need for this movement and what a great way to bring recognition to their brand. Furthermore, they are weaving the value of these movies (responsibility) with the value of their brand (responsibility). I say way to go Liberty Mutual for really relating to the consumer.
This is a follow-up ad that ran on TV as well.
You can go to The Responsibility Project website and check out the the short films that were made. What is really interesting is that NBC now has their additions to The Responsibilty Project and have added their own short clips with some if their starring actors are featured in the video. Is NBC tagging along to this cause hoping to gain as much respect as Liberty Mutual has through their efforts? I definitely applaud Liberty Mutual’s mission with this project, but I wonder if NBC is doing this because they see the opportunity for growth or if they truly are passionate about this subject.
Kudos to Liberty Mutual!
Also, for your viewing pleasure check out another Liberty Mutual website – What’s Your Policy. It features tons more commercials focusing on The Responsibility Project.