RELEASE THE PRESSURE

Short List
TitleRELEASE THE PRESSURE
ClientPEPSICO
Product / ServiceMIRINDA
CategoryC02. Use of Social in a PR campaign
EntrantBBDO INDIA Gurgaon, INDIA
Idea Creation BBDO INDIA Gurgaon, INDIA
Media Placement MINDSHARE Gurgaon, INDIA
PR EDELMAN Mumbai, INDIA
Production RISING SUN FILMS Mumbai, INDIA
Additional Company GLITCH Gurgaon, INDIA

The Campaign

#ReleaseThePressure - is a movement committed to give teenagers a momentary release from the stress of exam pressure and parental expectations. It aims to drive actual behavioral change by inviting parents to take a pledge to ‘Release the Pressure’ on their children.

Execution

In a movement to become the voice of teens, we were committed to stay real. We asked hundreds of teens to write open letters to their parents describing how they feel under pressure. A hard hitting digital film brought out these open letters and sparked off a nation wide debate. Authentic open letters began appearing on 11 million Mirinda bottle labels. Bottle caps carrying the idea became an iconic symbol. Millions of parents posed with the cap to show their support. 2.75 million 'Release the Pressure' stickers were put in newspapers to enable parents to show their resolve. Mirinda tied up with Fortis Hospitals for live counseling sessions for parents andteens and meditation classes before exams. Study accessories were distributed to over 10,000 children Notebooks - with breaks on every 10th page.

An issue bubbling below the surface for the longest time, finally got its due acknowledgement. Mirinda not only became the voice of the teens but showed parents a beautiful way to support their kids. • Consumer engagement went up 1100% • The conversation around Mirinda grew 138 times higher than the nearest beverage brand • Over 193 media articles were written in support of the movement • The film was viewed 35 million times in just one month • Generated over 649 million free earned impressions • 1.57 million parents pledged to release the pressure.

The Situation

#ReleaseThePressure- is a movement that not only gave a playful brand like Mirinda, a deep purpose but also gave millions of teens around the country, a platform to begin an honest conversation with their parents about the immense exam pressure they are under. Within a month of the release, the digital film received 35 million views sparking a national debate. Over 193 articles were written in support of them movement. Millions of parents, including celebrities, posted their promise to their kids to release the pressure on social media.

The Strategy

For 2017 the brief was to give Mirinda playfulness a meaning. Instinctively, the insight revealed itself. Playfulness matters the most to diffuse a stressful situation. We heard from teens, across India, on the stress points in their lives and saw one common theme: parental pressure during exams. In India high school exams are seen as the end all in a teenager’s life. It is seen as the turning point towards a better future. Parents put extreme pressure on their kids to excel without realizing the serious negative effects on their kids’ mental health. Reports suggest, pressure to perform is the leading cause for suicide and depression amongst teenagers, especially during Jan-Mar, the time for final exams in India. Mirinda had at last found a relevant role as the antidote to this massive social ill by speaking up for the silent students and giving their hidden stress a voice with #ReleaseThePressure.

Credits

Name Company Position
Josy Paul BBDO INDIA Chairman and Chief Creative Officer
Ajai Jhala BBDO INDIA Chief Executive Officer
Rajesh Sikroria BBDO INDIA President
Ritu Sharda BBDO INDIA Sr. Executive Creative Director
Anunay Rai BBDO INDIA Sr. Creative Director
Gaurangi Mathur BBDO INDIA Group Head - Copy
Natasha Mehra BBDO INDIA Senior Art Director
Aakancha BBDO INDIA Junior Copywriter
Shubham Minocha BBDO INDIA Junior Art Director
Ninad Satpute BBDO INDIA Vice President Planning
Rashi Jain BBDO INDIA Account Director Planning
Gireesh Gupta BBDO INDIA Executive Vice President
Proteek Dey BBDO INDIA Account Director
Radheyshyam Keshari BBDO INDIA Sr. Account Executive
Manoj K Yogi BBDO INDIA ALL INDIA HEAD - PRINT PRODUCTION AND STUDIO
Shyamsunder Rawat BBDO INDIA Deputy Studio Manager
Angad Singh Negi BBDO INDIA Graphic Designer
Jitendra Pal Singh BBDO INDIA Studio & Production Manager
K V Krishnam Raju BBDO INDIA Agency Producer
Shoojit Sircar Rising Sun Films Director
Ronnie Lahiri Rising Sun Films Producer
Supriya Macwan Rising Sun Films Producer
Vipul Prakash PepsiCo India Vice President, Beverages
Gaurav Verma PepsiCo India Associate Director, Flavours Marketing
Arpita Shankar PepsiCo India Senior Brand Manager
Mekala Gummudi PepsiCo India Marketing Innovation Analyst
Team ESP ESP Films Production House