World No Tobacco Day is observed every year on 31st May. This year World Health Organization (WHO) appealed all countries to be prepared for ‘plain packaging’ of tobacco products. As per WHO, plain packaging refers to prohibition of logos, brand colours or promotional information on tobacco products. However, WHO is fine with the usage of brand name and product names displayed in standard typography. WHO came up with this interesting video to reinforce the message of having unattractive packaging boxes.
— WHO (@WHO) May 30, 2016
Brands came up with interesting creative messages and campaigns on this World No Tobacco Day on 31st May’16. As it is a sensitive topic, brands have taken various routes to convey the anti-smoking message. Let’s see few of the creative routes taken by brands for their World No Tobacco Day social media campaigns.
Fun / Gaming
Dineout, the famous table reservation app came up with this creative tweet, which we all would find it easy to relate with the popular computer game. The caption was pretty effective – Stop playing silly games with your body.
— Dineout (@dineout_india) May 31, 2016
India Today and Live Mint, stuck their brand personality and came up with informative messages to create awareness about ill-effects of smoking. While India Today, chose to drive traffic to the website with an informative article, Live Mint chose to share the video. I personally liked the video route adopted by Live Mint, as all social platforms these days give an edge to video content.
Max Healthcare ventured through the storytelling route with this video featuring puppets. Well, the creative thought process was interesting, I felt the video was too long to retain user’s attention. A 6 mins video is too long to convey this message. The script could have been shorter to make it very interesting.
— Max Healthcare (@MaxHealthcare) May 27, 2016
Those who have studied psychology during college days, would recall that, positive motivation helps to a great extent than a negative motivation. Deakin University, a popular university in Australia shared this video shot by one of their students. This positive motivation storytelling video tries to convince a smoker on what all he/she could achieve if he/she had stopped smoking.
— Deakin University (@Deakin) May 31, 2015
Dr. Lal Path Labs also came up with a similar positive motivation messaging route. Their Facebook post had various situations carved out explaining various positive objectives that could be fulfilled by giving up smoking.
How about challenging the audience to quit smoking habit? Few brands adopted this route. I will share details about two campaigns that I noticed. Firstly, 92.7 BIG FM ran #SuttaChhodDeYaar campaign challenging their listeners and social media fans to quit smoking. They further invited the smoking quitters to studio and showcased how much money was saved by people who quit smoking. Their regular Twitter updates updated the audience about the impact they could make through their campaign.
— 92.7 BIG FM (@927BIGFM) May 31, 2016
Another brand that attempted very similar approach was HCL Healthcare. They ran #TossTheBox campaign where they appealed smokers to quit smoking and challenge their friends in doing so. We have seen such campaigns in the post #IceBucketChallenge period. However, they didn’t go ahead and share the impact that was created from this campaign, like 92.7 BIG FM did. Obviously, such impacts can’t be measured in real-time and with accuracy, but there are always certain assumptions based on which brands try to highlight they created.
— HCL Healthcare (@HCL_Healthcare) May 31, 2016
Well, we have seen this creative route often being adopted by life insurance brands. There is no doubt, it has been one of the successful creative theme routes to convey the message for these kind of campaigns.
This was an absolute surprise for me. We could appreciate this creative theme route for other product categories, but full marks to ETV Life for going ahead with such a risky route. Many people don’t understand sarcasm and it could have back-fired.
Last Mile Effort
Its always easier to motivate / preach than do it on own. Sharjah International Airport just went ahead to show how brands should own up and try to make a difference at the last mile, i.e. the consumers (smokers in this case). They conducted a health check-up camp for their employees at the airport.
Unlike other social celebration days (Friendship day, Mother’s Day etc.), such international days like (World No Tobacco Day, World Health Day, World Heart Day, World AIDS Day etc.) are observed with an aim for every year. For instance, this year’s theme for World No Tobacco Day was doing away with attractive packaging. Only Sharjah International Airport had some element of this theme in their video (didn’t notice? see the video carefully!).
So, which of these World No Tobacco Day campaigns did you like? If you came across any other interesting campaign, please share it in comments section below.
And ya, ‘Quit Smoking’! 🙂