Marketing Featured Southeast Asia

This fried chicken ad mashes up all generation ideas into one ad–quite literally

Bangkok, Thailand – What happens when a brand struggles to come up with the theme for their latest advertising campaign? Some would say lean to one generation first and leave the rest. But this was not what Thai fried chicken brand Five Star Chicken did, and instead crowdsourced every idea they could get from both the young and old generation, and made it into a full seven-minute ad.

Conceptualised alongside creative agency BBDO Bangkok, the quirky and tongue-in-cheek ad features a presenter called ‘Weir’ who tries to crowdsource ideas for the ad. And so, with every minute passing, a totally unrelated scene or theme comes into play, whether bad guys chowing down on chicken sticks, a Harry Potter sorcerer turning into a magical princess, or how a commando goes head to head with a Chinese martial artist.

As quirky as the ad is, the brand communicates its message that no matter the ideology–whether politics, music, fashion or even how to raise your child–what you all share is the love for chicken.

“The first replies were some quirky, but cool ones on Instagram, but then we saw people discussing the topic further on Facebook and Twitter. In the end, our filmmaker suggested we go out and ask people on the street what they want, and bang, we had an ad for all generations,” the agency explained.

Meanwhile, Thasorn Boonyanate, chief creative officer at BBDO Bangkok, commented, “It’s quirky, it’s weird, it’s funny, and yet it’s a super entertaining film that brings together every idea from every generation into one exciting story.”

As of this writing, the ad has generated over 600,000 views on Five Star Chicken Thailand’s official YouTube channel.

Marketing Featured East Asia

HSBC launches new local campaign to support HK community

Hong Kong – With the COVID-19 pandemic’s fifth wave gradually subsiding in Hong Kong, financial service giant HSBC has launched a new local campaign to support the local community, conceptualised alongside Grey Hong Kong.

Eighteen designated HSBC branches will become Hong Kong’s photo-worthy spots. To spread positivity and unveil the city’s hidden gems, each branch across the eighteen districts will showcase signature landmarks and sights of the district along with a dedicated, inspirational quote. 

The HSBC Main Building in Central also recently launched the ‘Branching Out Our Support’ light show – urging the Hong Kong community to slow down and enjoy life while capturing new opportunities. 

Luanne Lim, CEO for Hong Kong HSBC, said, “HSBC has been supporting the HK community for 157 years. Launching the ‘Branching Out Our Support” campaign allows us to stay closely connected with the community, which we hope will continue to thrive.”

Meanwhile, Sonic Choy, creative partner at Grey HK, commented, “The people in HK have been making a concerted effort to meet with all the challenges posed by the pandemic. We want to give them the opportunity to experience some joy, and enjoy all the photo-worthy spots, accompanied with inspirational quotes.”

The campaign will be rolled out in HSBC branches and on social media for the Hong Kong market. In addition, HSBC has launched a check-in mini-game on Facebook and Instagram to encourage people to tour different districts of Hong Kong. They will also randomly select 40 lucky winners to each receive an HKD2,000 HKTV Mall coupon.

Marketing Featured Southeast Asia

Lion & Lion celebrates Raya without borders on TikTok

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia — Lion & Lion launched the #RayaNiSayaRindu initiative on Tiktok to extend the Eid al-Fitr festivities with foreign workers in Malaysia, and their loved ones in their respective home countries. In line with Lion & Lion’s tagline of being ‘Made To Impact’, the creatively-driven, digital-first agency had tall ambitions to act on their belief that everyone should be able to celebrate Eid – regardless of their nationality, culture and status.

The #RayaNiSayaRindu campaign was launched on TikTok on May 1 2022 with a series of nine emotional stories told in Bahasa Indonesia, Urdu and Bengali – the most common languages spoken by foreign workers in Malaysia.

Based on local insights, the emotional stories hinged on the people, rituals and practices foreign workers missed the most as they celebrated Eid in Malaysia. Each emotional story drove users to the @RayaNiSayaRindu account on TikTok.

Claudia Low, regional head of creative content of Lion & Lion, said, “Foreign workers make up a large part of our labour force in Malaysia, many of whom come from Indonesia, Pakistan and Bangladesh.”

“As we were working on client campaigns that centered upon 2022 being the first year Malaysians could balik kampung (return to one’s hometown) to celebrate with their loved ones in person since the pandemic, we couldn’t help but notice that not everyone shared the same luxury. Especially with Labour Day falling the day before Hari Raya this year,” Low said.

According to her, they assembled a small, creative task force of culturally diverse Lions with personal connections to these communities to craft their stories as well as to share their truth and make an impact within these foreign worker communities.

Ham Maghazeh, regional director of social media for Lion & Lion, shared, “We chose to run our campaign on TikTok based on our deep understanding of our target audience. From our insights, we learned that entertainment through social media is an integral part of their everyday life, indicating that many of the foreign workers we wanted to reach out to are active on TikTok.

On the results, Maghazeh said, “Although TikTok is normally used to share humorous or fun content, we decided to disrupt the channel with emotional stories in order to capture attention and encourage participation. Our thinking paid off, because, in only four days, we grew our community from 0 to 1,300 followers, with every one of our stories gaining more than 1,000 views.”

Marketing Featured ANZ

Subaru’s latest campaign with The Works showcases new WRX rally model

Sydney, Australia – Automobile brand Subaru has recently launched a new campaign to showcase its new all-wheel-drive Subaru WRX rallies, alongside The Works, an agency part of the Capgemini group.

The campaign drives home strong themes of desire and passion to the most loyal of the WRX fandom, with Subaru’s continued trend of emotive music selection playing a key role. This time set to the iconic Aussie track ‘Need You Tonight’ by INXS, the campaign is a celebration of the love and affection Australians have felt for the stylish performance rally model for over 30 years whilst simultaneously accelerating a sense of ‘exhilaration to a new generation’. 

Amanda Leaney, Subaru’s marketing director, said, “Built on decades of rallying heritage, the WRX is more than a legendary car, it’s a cultural icon synonymous with World Rally Championships, blockbuster movies, gaming and more. So, pairing the All-New WRX with the equally iconic sounds of INXS made a lot of sense.”

Meanwhile, Nathan Bilton, The Works’ creative director, shared, “It’s not often you get to work on an automotive icon. Pair that with some incredible locations from around Tassie, the spiritual home of rally in Australia, then let Mark Toia work his magic and you can see why the WRX has captured the hearts of fans for so long. And why the latest in a long line of legends is perfectly engineered to deliver the next generation of exhilaration.” 

The campaign will be available on TV screens this week, as well as across social, online, and digital.

In April 2022, Subaru has also launched a new campaign to showcase its sports car BRZ model. Created in partnership with The Works, part of Campgemini Group, the spot illustrates a sense of pure driving joy, brought to life by artist Chris Yee.

Marketing Featured APAC

Accor launches Pacific-wide campaign for lifestyle app,

Australia – As travel plans were disrupted due to the pandemic, many hospitality companies have been making efforts in reigniting people’s love for travel. With this in mind, Accor has launched a Pacific-wide ‘ALL – Accor Live Limitless’ marketing campaign to promote as the all-encompassing digital destination for the best travel experiences, with incredible loyalty benefits.

The brand campaign leads with some of Accor’s preeminent brands such as Sofitel, Pullman, Novotel, and Mercure, as well as Mantra, and ibis, connecting them to It highlights the many benefits of the ALL – Accor Live Limitless loyalty programme, such as room upgrades and limitless experiences.

The brand campaign is now available until 30 September 2022, and will come to life through various campaign elements, including paid media, promotional spots on Australia’s #1 breakfast show – Sunrise, a national competition airing across New Zealand on TVNZ 1, digital advertising, and social media, as well as video content. It also includes partner advertising, such as LED signage and video advertising on Accor Stadium screens, plus Accor brands on LED signage at AFL and NRL matches across the region.

Moreover, the campaign has also owned channels, including email marketing, app, and website display advertising, social media campaigns, and assets for digital screens at Accor properties and hotel social media channels and websites. A tactical promotion of Accor’s flexible rates across the Pacific is also included in the campaign, with rates starting from AU$119 per night in Australia at ibis Melbourne Central, and NZ$99 per night in New Zealand at BreakFree on Cashel Christchurch. There is also a loyalty offer giving members of ALL, who will book before 30 June 2022, 2X Reward points for stays until 30 September 2022.

Sarah Derry, Accor Pacific’s CEO, shared that increasingly, their guests are seeking more personalised experiences and this brand-led campaign showcases the richness and quality of choice across the Accor network, promoting as the gateway to discovering more destinations and incredible experiences.

”Guests have access to multiple unique experiences through, from our collection of boutique MGallery hotels, experiencing Swiss indulgence with Chocolate Hour at Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, through to relaxing in Mantra’s spacious family apartments,” said Derry.

Marketing Featured Global

LEGO’s latest campaign showcases kid’s freedom to build and play with imagination

Singapore – Global toy brand LEGO has launched a new campaign called “Brick The Rules”, which showcases how LEGO cars can offer a very unique form of play that enables kids to imagine, build, unbuild and rebuild once more, in fun, new, exciting ways that are only limited by your imagination.

Created in collaboration with creative agencies GREY Singapore and GREY Dubai, the campaign gives kids the freedom to build and play with a great deal of imagination. The campaign perfectly captures the truth that playing with LEGO bricks allows kids not only to enjoy the cars they have a passion for but also helps them express themselves freely and gives them the space to develop their creativity. 

In addition to the campaign, an online film has been released that shows ‘how 5 minutes and being told not to do something’ is all the invitation a kid needs to “Brick the Rules”.

The GREY collective said, “It was a project where in the process we also had to break/brick some rules. A borderless effort between the Dubai and Singapore studios, we shot with a production house in Brazil, and the client was in South Africa. The result, as you can see, is super fun, eye-catching, and with several hours invested behind the craft and editing.”

The campaign included social content, e-commerce, posters and in-store materials, and will run in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and South Africa.

Marketing Featured ANZ

Lion launches alcohol-free XXXX Zero with carbon-reducing media campaign

Sydney, Australia – Beverage company Lion has launched a new campaign that revolves around reducing carbon emissions as part of the launch of their new alcohol-free drink XXXX Zero.

Conceptualised alongside agency UM, the OOH execution aims to help reduce carbon emissions and create a placement that aligns with the brand’s mission of “Giving a XXXX about tomorrow”. The mural is supported by street furniture, retail OOH and radio plus a 30 sec time-lapse video of the murals being painted will be amplified through social and PR channels.

Aidan O’Brien, senior planning manager at UM, said that working with partners who are committed to sustainable business practices fits well with the UM’s vision to help build a better Australia and planning the media for Lion’s “Give a XXXX about tomorrow” campaign was a challenge the team revelled in.

“Not only are the murals an obvious conversation starter, they demonstrate environmentally sustainable media buying practices in the process,” he said.

Meanwhile, Amy Cummings, senior integrated planning director at UM, commented, “We challenged ourselves to deliver a solution that would work to actually reduce carbon emissions. Big, bold, high visibility OOH was central to the campaign’s success, so we commissioned a mural for XXXX Zero in a high vis, central Brisbane locales painted with paint that actually helps clean the air* not further pollute it.”

Lastly, Chris Allan, brand director at XXXX Zero, said, “We’ve taken time to create a product that not only talks to a new generation of discerning drinkers but also gives a XXXX about the environment, as Australia’s first carbon neutral certified alcohol-free beer. We love this creative approach to media planning and buying and can’t wait to see the successful brand impact it has.”

Marketing Featured South Asia

Silvin’s latest campaign spotlights side-effects of self-compounding PCV additives

Mumbai, India – India’s lead-free additive brand, Silvin, has launched a new campaign for its new offering ‘All-in-One Super1Pack’. This campaign, which is centred around cricket, playfully highlights the disadvantages of not having the right mix of PVC additives and how that could affect the manufacturing process.

According to Silvin, the combinations and ratios of additives like stabilisers, lubricants, impact modifiers, and processing aids are indispensable to PVC and CPVC manufacturing. Manufacturers, however, measure their own combinations, also known as self-compounding, which can be detrimental to the process. Silvin’s All-in-One Super1Pack solves this problem by providing the right combination of additives for better output.

Developed in partnership with DDB Mudra, the film draws attention to the side effects of self-compounding by showing a field full of wicketkeepers struggling to play a game of cricket. While it somewhat works, it’s not the game we all know and love because it lacks the right mix of players that perform different roles.

Jagat Chokshi, Silvin’s director, shared that the PVC/CPVC industry is highly dependent on self-compounding when it comes to additives that are crucial to the manufacturing process. 

“At Silvin, we achieve the right combination of additives through customisation and innovation, which is not only cost-effective for our clients but is also environmentally friendly,” said Chokshi.

Meanwhile, Pallavi Chakravarti, DDB Mudra’s creative head – West, commented that they strongly believe that brands are built through engaging and effective story-telling – whether they be consumer-facing or industrial in nature.

“The Silvin campaign, created by our Ahmedabad office is a prime example of us realising that belief through a light-hearted execution that lands the product benefit sharply via a metaphor that is universally understood,” said Chakravarti.

The new campaign is now live across social media and digital platforms.

Marketing Featured Southeast Asia

Huggies doubles down on influencer marketing to spark convo on diaper quality

Vietnam – Huggies, the diaper brand of baby and child care company Kimberly-Clark, has partnered with INCA, GroupM’s brand-safe influencer and content marketing arm, to launch a new campaign for its latest diaper product in Vietnam – Huggies Thin & Soft. This campaign aims to get Vietnamese moms to talk about diaper ‘quality’, ‘absorbency’ and ‘thinness’, which are unique attributes not typically associated with children’s diapers.

INCA noted that urban Vietnamese mothers place a high value on imported goods, and are excited by innovations hailing from Japan and Korea. This is also where Huggies turned their focus towards mom communities, whose small but powerful word-of-mouth influence could collectively spark powerful conversations.

Through the new campaign, INCA and Huggies have selected two hundred nano and micro-influencers who had a dominant share of voice and strong influence on more than 20 mom communities to incite conversations endorsing the value of thin and soft attributed diapers, before reviewing ‘the thinnest best-selling diaper brands from Korea’. 

The campaign was hinged on the fact that mothers turned to other mothers within their communities for advice and product recommendations. These influencers would then privately share Huggies sale links with other mothers in the communities.

Uyen Nguyen, Huggies’ senior brand manager for Vietnam, commented partnering with INCA was crucial in helping them build relationships with mothers in Vietnam through word-of-mouth, one of the most reliable and trusted channels mothers rely on.

“The campaign demonstrated the immense potential for soft & thin diapers, something unheard of in the Vietnamese market. This campaign exceeded all expectations, and we look forward to partnering with INCA again in the future,” said Nguyen.

Meanwhile, Loan Menuge, INCA’s lead for Vietnam, shared that through their brand-safe technology, they were able to align with Huggies’ campaign goals and forge deep connections with creators and consumers to drive business outcomes for the clients. 

“We are pleased that Huggies is now the top diaper brand known in Vietnam for its thinness, quality, absorbency as well as other interesting attributes and that we are able to bring comfort and innovation for mothers and their children,” said Menuge.

Marketing Featured South Asia

JSW Paints offers us a ‘non-toxic relationship’ with our paint brand in this new campaign

Mumbai, India — JSW Paints has come out with another campaign, this time in concert with the launch of Aquaglo, a unique pioneering water-based paint for wood and metal that is free of the harmful toxins commonly found in traditional wood and metal paints. The campaign, entitled ‘Paint ka GK badhao’, was done in partnership with TBWA\India.

After its Any Colour One Price offering, JSW Paints is back to changing the rules of the paint industry with yet another first-time-in-India innovation that’s really new news in an age-old industry. Counting on clutter breaking communication to draw people’s attention in a low involvement category where no one is tempted to research the nuances of the paint that goes on their own walls and in their own homes. ‘Paint ka GK badhao’ is a clear call to action to make India sit up and take notice.

The campaign brings to light the state of India’s general knowledge and perception when it comes to all things paint. With story-telling that is equal parts educational and irreverent. Featuring Bollywood star -Alia Bhatt, the brand’s commercial lands the message that a newly painted door can pollute your home.

Coming from the actress herself, this revelation – that a newly painted door can pollute your home, seems like another major general knowledge goof up. What happens next is a social media tsunami, an ever-growing cascade of jokes and banter, with everyone from news anchors, to stand up comics and the average Indian joining in for a laugh. But this time around, the joke really is on them. Because not too many Indians know that traditional paint for wood and metal contain harmful toxins that spread pollution inside the house. But once you make that discovery, it’s hard to forget it.

Talking about the expected impact of the campaign in changing India’s paint vocabulary and expectations, Govind Pandey, CEO of TBWA\India, said “Paint category has been dominated by the same market leaders for decades without any real challenger. JSW Paints is the disruptor that is questioning the unquestioned answers and norms. It is also encouraging the end consumers to get more involved because only then they will discover the best solutions for themselves.”

Commenting on the genesis of the core campaign idea, Parixit Bhattacharya, managing partner creative of TBWA\India said, “A low involvement category, a great product and the nation’s sweetheart. Stir them well and you get a sensational headline. Paint Ka GK Badhao is asking people to make informed choices and shut the door on polluting chemicals.”