|Product / Service||ARIEL MATIC|
|Entrant||BBDO INDIA Mumbai, INDIA|
|Idea Creation||BBDO INDIA Mumbai, INDIA|
|Production||OFFROAD FILMS Mumbai, INDIA|
|Josy Paul||BBDO India||Chairman and Chief Creative Officer|
|Hemant Shringy||BBDO India||Chief Creative Officer|
|Sandeep Sawant||BBDO India||Executive Creative Director|
|Balakrishna Gajelli||BBDO India||Sr. Creative Director|
|Aarti Srinivasan||BBDO India||Sr. Creative Director|
|Karan Nair||BBDO India||Copywriter Supervisor|
|Vijay Kumar Vasala||BBDO India||Art Supervisor|
|Omkar Rachha||BBDO India||Visualizer|
|Hitesh Shah||BBDO India||Studio Head - Mumbai|
|Hitesh Shah||BBDO India||Studio Head - Mumbai|
|Krishna KV||BBDO India||Agency Producer|
|Rajeev Mohite||BBDO India||Studio Visual Editor|
|Manisha Sain||BBDO India||AVP - Planning|
|Atin Wahal||BBDO India||Executive Vice President|
|Mitul Shah||BBDO India||Vice President|
|Madhavi Chinnabhandar||BBDO India||Account Director|
|BBDO Studio Team BBDO Studio Team||BBDO India||Studio|
|Anmol Samel||BBDO India||Copywriter|
|Sudhir Pandey||BBDO India||Agency Producer|
|Gauri Shinde||Offroad Films||Film Director|
|Khalil Bachooali||Offroad Films||Film Producer|
Ariel has been leading the conversation around gender inequality at home. With its prequels, ‘#ShareTheLoad’ and ‘Dads #ShareTheLoad’, Ariel placed the issue of gender inequality at home into the public consciousness and exposed how this burden on women was passed down generations. This movement went on to become not just the voice of millions of urban Indian women but also set a new category norm, where many brands (washing machine makers, fabric softeners and mass detergent brands) put forward their take on laundry as the symbol of gender inequality at home. We knew that in our effort to wash away the cultural stain of gender inequality at home we were up-against deep-rooted cultural and social norms that are holding back women from realising their complete potential inside and outside of home. Here, to continue Ariel’s mission, we realised our message will need to be far more directional yet universal to advance the brands leadership position and take this conversation wider and deeper beyond middle-class households to even the emerging class, as more and more women were stepping out of their homes to fulfil their own and their family’s ambitions of leading a better quality of life.
There is a new India in the making, where families are backing ambitions of sons and daughters alike (76% of girls being enrolled into secondary education as on 2016 vs. just 37% in 2000. Source: UNESCO Institute for Statistics). While daughters are being raised to become as independent and able contributors to households, what remains unchanged, is the divide in the way we raise our sons. They continue to be served and raised dotingly at home – independent outside but dependent inside. Even as the daughters go on to realise their professional potential, their income is seen as the booster-earning and not primary-earning, making it easier for them to be taken-off their jobs the moment call-of-duty at home becomes demanding. We at Ariel, decided to challenge this. By offering a course-corrective way forward, our aim was to ensure sons like daughters are raised to contribute inside of homes too. We created Sons #ShareTheLoad – a provocative social movement urging parents to rethink the way they raise their sons and see sharing the load of laundry as a symbolic step towards removing the cultural stain of gender inequality at home so that both sons and daughters realise their full potential.
Ariel Sons #ShareTheLoad – a provocative social movement urging parents to rethink the way they raise their sons and see sharing the load of laundry as a symbolic step towards removing the cultural stain of gender inequality at home so that both sons and daughters realise their full potential.
This time around our challenge was two-fold: a) Go wider and deeper to bring about social change in emerging middle-class household too; b) offer a universal (for modern and conservative households) yet directional way forward that solves for the root-cause of gender inequality at home. In our research with the ‘emerging’ urban women, we realised that her approach to balancing traditional and modern thinking was inclusive and empathetic, unlike a rebel, she delicately navigated these two worlds through the power of the collective – groups of women like her – who together champion change to thrive as a collective; something that is also reflected in popular mainstream shows and movies (eg: Ladies Special, English Vinglish, Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai) This nuance guided our thinking and a mother’s journey of realisation and initiate to right the wrong become central to our narrative for Ariel Sons #ShareTheLoad.
We kickstarted the movement with a thought-provoking film about a mother’s realisation. To maximise reach, we tapped into OTT platforms like Hotstar and Voot - well-penetrated new-mediums of personalised entertainment. To trigger conversations, we engaged leading parenting-platforms and bloggers like Mompresso and Babychakra. To take our message, deeper and wider, we took to the most popular public transport in India- rickshaws. Applying the principles of memory-structures, we added a simple line to the country’s most effective girl-child initiative –‘Educate the girl-child for national progress’ to ‘Educate sons about their role at home for societal progress’. We also launched the ‘Ariel Son Washed Collection’, where we showcased proud mothers walking the ramp in clothes washed by their sons. To go even further we released a laundry rap song for sons on TikTok and a learning module on Hello English–the world’s second-largest linguistic app that reaches 7 million people.
Global changemakers welcomed it at the World Economic Forum in Davos and gender equality advocates like Sheryl Sandberg called it a powerful message. It was the centrepiece of conversation at the UN women and P&G's International Gender Equality summit (#WeSeeEqual) • Sons #ShareTheLoad achieved USD 1.8 million in free "earned media" coverage across TV, publications, consumer activations and outreach, with over 3 billion Impressions worldwide. • The film itself garnered 64 million views. It has also increased engagement by 5X. (Source: Facebook Analytics). • The value share of brand has also gone up by 11% in comparison to last year. • The ‘Sons #ShareTheLoad’ movement has significantly helped offtake (sales) increase 125% on value, 138% on volume - vs Year Ago But most importantly it helped spark lasting change in mindsets When #ShareTheLoad was launched in 2014, 79% of the men thought laundry was a women's job. Today that number