CategoryB03. Business Products & Services
Entrant Company:PUBLICIS CAPITAL Gurgaon, INDIA
Sales Promotion/Advertising Agency:PUBLICIS CAPITAL Gurgaon, INDIA

The Brief

The world's largest democracy was born out of protests. So naturally to protest is our birthright. But over the years political parties have misused this freedom. Protesters destroy public property worth millions of tax payers' money at the drop of a hat. The 9th Fundamental duty of the Indian Constitution says, 'Safeguard public property.' What can an image bank do? The Client:, an image bank that's fighting the entry of global giants and established local players. The brief: To demonstrate the power of images. To start a debate in society and offer a solution to stop destroying public property.

Describe how the promotion developed from concept to implementation

The promotion offered free images of public property to violent protesters. With a message - burn the images, spare the public property. NGOs, word-of-mouth, emails, phonecalls, facebook page, video letters to political parties popularized it. First the Gujjar community that's fighting for reservations, then an angry mob in Bihar, used the idea to send a message to the government by burning images of a local bus and a government car. We showcased these two 'demonstrations' at an Exhibition followed by a Panel Discussion between leaders from three big national parties, Congress, BJP, BSP. The creative community was also invited.

Describe the success of the promotion with both client and consumer including some quantifiable results

Blow Up sparked off many debates. Leaders from two locations known for violent protests burnt images of public property in their demonstrations. Leaders from Mumbai, Goa, and the highly volatile Kashmir are keen to use images in their future protests. 29% increase in clicks on within 1 week of first event. Conversations among creative communities The CEO, Dushyant Mehta on national TV - Doordarshan and other channels. Potentially we saved Rs. 70,00,000 of tax payers' money. All for the cost of two life-size prints and cocktails for 200 Exhibition guests.

Explain why the method of promotion was most relevant to the product or service

For the first time, an image bank reached out directly to the whole country, offering free images to violent communities to burn instead of the actual public property. Political leaders saw that the images can also draw the attention of the media and the government, so they don't need to burn actual public property anymore. Blow Up allowed us to demonstrate not only the power of images but also the quality and variety of the images on


Name Company Position
Emmanuel Upputuru Publicis Capital National Creative Director
Prasad Raghavan Publicis Capital Creative Director
Tanuja Goyal Publicis Capital Creative Director
Ayan Das Publicis Capital Associate Creative Director
Rohit Bagga Publicis Capital Art Director
Seby John Publicis Capital Copywriter
Anirban Mozumdar Publicis Capital National Planning Head
Gunjan Malhotra Publicis Capital Client Services Director
Rishab Sood Publicis Capital Senior Account Executive
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Lloyd D Souza Maverik Event Partner
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