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First Published: Mon, Sep 24 2007. 12 45 AM IST

Updated: Mon, Sep 24 2007. 12 45 AM IST
Some of the most popular advertisements are not necessarily known for their superb creatives. They make it to the top because they are able to strike a chord wth consumers and communicate simply.
The Tata Indicom film, which topped Mint’s survey for August, proves the point, yet again. It scored the highest in brand recall and awareness, the two factors which decide the reach of the advertisement.
Around 94% of the respondents surveyed remembered the Tata Indicom advertisement, showing a girl in a locker room chatting on her cellphone with a stopwatch in hand because she is worried her limited talktime will run out.
The use of an actor as a character rather than a celebrity in the series of Tata ads has worked.
The survey was conducted exclusively for Mint by Synovate, a global market research agency, supported by TV Ad Index, an ad monitoring firm.
It covered 750 respondents in New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore, in the 18-40 age group, who have access to cable or satellite television and belong to the high-income groups.
Brand:Airtel
Agency: Rediffusion-Dentsu,Young & Rubicam
In its latest ad, Airtel, yet again, rides on emotions and relationships. A schoolboy enjoying the rain calls up his father so that he, too, can listen to the sound of the rain over the phone.
Brand:Asian Paints Royale Play
Agency: Contract Advertising
The ad shows sibling actors Soha and Saif Ali Khan at a show where Soha appreciates a painting which Saif fails to understand. However, he impresses his sister by creating a beautiful pattern on the wall when he paints it with Royale Play.
Brand:Pepsi MyCan
Agency: JWT
Pepsi’s latest advert is all about chutzpah and individuality. The ad shows a boy sidelining actors Shah Rukh Khan and John Abraham, asking them to step aside while he continues on his way to a vending machine and a new Pepsi MyCan.
Brand:Lay’s Spanish Tomato Tango
Agency: JWT
Actor Saif Ali Khan and his friends climb to the top of the college bus, only to find a group of girls already there. The girls, initially peeved, relent when the boys give them a taste of Lay’s latest offering.
Brand: Tata Sky
Agency: Rediffusion-Dentsu,Young & Rubicam
This ad just puts the message across simply. Actor Kirron Kher reads a letter from a satisfied Tata Sky customer, which spells out one of a million reasons for subscribing to Tata Sky services.
Brand: Aviva Life Insurance
Agency: Publicis
This ad shows a child telling his father what he wants to become when he grows up. After much deliberation, he has decided to become a cricketer. The way to budget for this and achieve it is by securing the child’s future with Aviva Little Master Plan.
Brand:Axis Bank
Agency: Ogilvy & Mather
This ad, announcing the change of UTI Bank to Axis Bank, features two identical girls who create confusion for their teacher and others in the class, to drive home the point that it is only the bank’s name that has changed.
Brand:Tide
Agency: Leo Burnett
The latest ad of Tide, with its rose and jasmine fragrances, rides on the element of fun. A man in a white shirt is surprised to see people in dirty clothes praying for sunshine. All that is needed is the new detergent, which has the power of the sun—‘Sooraj ki shakti’.
Brand:Bingo/Red Chilli Bijli
Agency: Ogilvy & Mather
Like Bingo’s other ads, this one, too, talks about Bingo’s perfect combination. A man invents a combination of man and fire engine and fails—but Bingo’s new combination of red chilli and potato chips does not fail.
Brand: Sunfeast Snacky
Agency: FCB-Ulka Advertising
The ad shows an angry Diya Mirza being offered a Sunfeast Snacky biscuit by Shah Rukh Khan. Mirza’s temper mellows as she enjoys the biscuit and Khan’s antics. “Crisp, karara Sunfeast Snacky. Namkeen aur chilli flakes...ke saath,” says the voice-over.
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First Published: Mon, Sep 24 2007. 12 45 AM IST